- USDA Census of Agriculture - Monroe County Agriculture
- Monroe County's Agricultural Districts
- Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan Executive Summary
- Right to Farm Laws
- Farmer Veteran Coalition
- Health and Disease Information
- Monroe County Greenhouse Industry Market Research Study
The USDA Census of Agriculture is taken every five years, in years ending in 2 and 7; the last census was taken in 2012. The Census of Agriculture provides detailed agricultural statistics for every county, county equivalent and state as well as the nation as a whole.
According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, since 2007 the number of farms in Monroe County has decreased 19%, total land in farms is down 26% and the average size of each farm is down 8%. Please see Related Documents that show a profile of the Monroe County Agriculture Census.
Learn more about the Census of Agriculture from the USDA.
- Download the 2012 Agriculture Census New York State - County Summary Highlights
- Download the 2012 Agriculture Census Monroe County Profile
Article 25AA of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, titled Agricultural Districts, provides counties with the opportunity to create agricultural districts for the purpose of protecting and promoting the agriculture industry. Once created, the law requires that each district must be reviewed on an eight, ten or twelve year basis to see if it is still achieving its intended purpose. In Monroe County, districts are reviewed every eight years.
In 2003, the State Legislature amended the law enabling County Legislature to establish a 30-day period once a year to receive petitions from property owners to be added to an existing district; removals from the district must still wait for the eight-year anniversary. The 30-day Monroe County addition period occurs in February and March. See Related Documents to download a copy of the annual addition form.
Monroe County has four agricultural districts:
- Midwestern Agricultural District (#1)
Location: Towns of Sweden (part), Ogden (part) and Riga (part)
Total Acreage: 16,067 acres
Creation Date: 1973
Last Review: 2005
Next Review: 2013
- Southwestern Agricultural District (#2)
Location: Towns of Chili, Riga (part) and Wheatland
Total Acreage: 36,257 acres
Creation Date: 1974
Last Review: 2006
Next Review: 2014
- Northwestern Agricultural District (#5)
Location: Hamlin, Clarkson, Sweden (part), Parma, Greece and Ogden (part)
Total Acreage: 38,153 acres
Creation Date: 1976
Last Review: 2008
Next Review: 2016
- Eastern Agricultural District (#6)
Location: Towns of Henrietta, Mendon, Perinton, Penfield, Pittsford, Rush, Webster
Total Acreage: 47,618 acres
Creation Date: 1975
Last Review: 2007
Next Review: 2015
Learn more about New York State Agriculture and Farmland Protection.
- Download the 2007 Eastern Agricultural District #6 Report
- Download the 2006 Southwestern Agricultural District #2 Report
- Download the 2005 Midwestern Agricultural District #1 Report
- Download the 2008 Northwestern Agricultural District #5 Report
- Download the Agriculture Data Statement
- Download the Agriculture District Law 2014
- Download the County Agricultural Districts Map
- Download the Monroe County Agricultural Districts Annual Addition Form
The Monroe County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (1999) (47k PDF) was prepared by the Monroe County Department of Planning and Development and Cornell Cooperative Extension on behalf of the Monroe County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board. It was funded in part by an Agricultural and Farmland Protection Planning grant awarded by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Rural NY Grant Program administered by the NY Planning Federation with support of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and the Botwinick Wolfensohn Foundation and Monroe County.
The report discusses the need for the plan; the history of agricultural planning in Monroe County; agricultural characteristics and trends in the county; the relationship between municipal planning and agriculture; financial assistance available to farm operations; findings of cost of community services studies; current issues and concerns in agriculture, such as taxes, viability, marketing; and a Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) analysis.
Chapter 9 of the Plan provides a detailed list of recommendations for various levels of government and agencies in four main subject areas: farmland preservation and protection; economic development/viability/marketing; education; and database maintenance and development. Dr. Robert King, Director, Agriculture & Life Sciences Institute, Monroe Community College, is responsible for implementing the Farmland Protection Plan.
A report on the Monroe County greenhouse industry was completed by Robin Brumfield, Extension Specialist in Farm Management, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 2001.
The project was conducted to explore the drivers of the greenhouse industry in Monroe County; its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The report includes an extensive literature review, an analysis of a survey of local greenhouse firms, and insights into the greenhouse industry on Long Island and in Michigan and Canada. The report identifies trends, market potential, and growth potential in the local industry and presents recommendations for producers, the Monroe County Department of Planning and Development, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County.
The completion of the project was assisted by the Monroe County Department of Planning and Development, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, and professionals at Cornell University, Rutgers University, and Michigan State. The project was funded in part by the Rural New York Community Planning and Preservation Grant Program and administered jointly by the New York Planning Federation and the Preservation League of New York State. Support was provided by the J.M. Kaplan Fund and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County is seeking support from the agricultural community for veterans who are or want to become farmers. See http://blogs.cornell.edu/monroe/programsevents/veterans-returning-to-or-beginning-careers-in-farming/ and www.farmvetco.org for more information.