Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board

New York State Agriculture and Markets Law empowers counties to create Agricultural and Farmland Protection Boards with a broad-based membership to bring together farmers and government officials, bring broader community goals to oversight of agricultural districts, bring appreciation of agriculture’s needs back to the broader community, and build bridges and bring together diverse perspectives.

Agricultural and Farmland Protection Boards may recommend the creation and renewal of agricultural districts, comment on “notices of intent” to undertake development projects in agricultural districts, and guide, assess and approve Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plans.

A significant benefit of the Agricultural Districts Program is the opportunity for farm land owners to receive reduced property tax bills for land in agricultural production by limiting the property tax assessment of such land to the value of the land for agricultural production, rather than its full development value.

The Department of Economic Development Tourism & Planning manages all aspects of district creation, review and re-certification, working closely with the County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board and the County Legislature.

For further information, please contact Rich Schiafo,, (518)719-3290

Requests for Inclusion

The 30-day period for public ‘Requests for Inclusion’ in Greene County’s Agricultural District No. 124 began on October 1, 2020 and goes through October 30, 2020.

Download Request for Inclusion Form

Please complete and return by October 30, 2020 to:

Greene County Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Planning
411 Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414
Attention: Rich Schiafo
Email to
Fax: (518) 719-3789

Agendas, Minutes & Presentations

The Agricultural Farmland Protection Board met on Thursday December 19, 2019 at 3:00pm at the Agroforestry Resource Center 6055 Route 23, Acra.  View the Agenda

December 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes

December 19, 2019 Board Presentation

October 10, 2019 Board Presentation

October 2, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Active Farmers Representatives

  • James VanOrden
  • Robert Kiley
  • Keith Jones
  • Matthew Story

Agribusiness Representative

  • Jerry Cunningham (Chair)

Agricultural Land Preservation Representative

  • Debbie Kavakos

Other Members

  • Jeff Flach, S&W Conservation District
  • Michael Bulich, Greene County Legislator
  • Evan Antonio, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties
  • Karl Heck, Greene County Planning and Economic Development
  • Ray Ward, Real Property Tax Services