Agricultural Districts

2017 Agricultural District Inclusions

The application period to have land added to an agricultural district will run from March 1, 2017 to March 30, 2017.  Applications will be not be accepted before March 1, 2017.

The application is in an fillable PDF format.  Signed and dated applications must be mailed or hand delivered to the Ulster County Planning Department.  The Department's mailing address is 244 Fair Street, PO Box 1800, Kingston, NY 12402. 

General Information on the Agricultural District Program

There is no minimum size for a property, and neither is there a gross sales requirement, to be in an agricultural district.  Property owners of tax parcels, large and small, are encouraged to apply. Land is included into an agricultural district based on its viability for agriculture and/or its importance to the region's agricultural economy.   

Inclusion into the Agricultural District Program affords tax parcels legal protections for activities considered agriculture by New York State Law. This can also include new and emerging agricultural practices depending on findings from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in consultation with Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service. 

Tax benefits can occur in a few ways.  Land already with an agricultural value assessment - that is land with a property tax break because a farm meets sales and size requirements - can have this assessment for five years and convert to a non-agricultural use without incurring a penalty, as opposed to having to reach the normal eight years. Also, land in agricultural production and in an agricultural district cannot have benefit assessments, special ad valorem levies, or other rates and fees for financing improvements such as water, sewer or non-farm drainage constructed on it, unless such changes were already imposed prior to the land being in an agricultural district.

Inclusion into the Agricultural District Program is designed to have its benefits over the life of a farm.  The Agricultural District Program helps farmers deal with potential legal issues with a neighbor or town.  The Agricultural District Program helps farmers going through site plan or special permit review, as towns need to give farmers more latitude with what they can request in their applications.  Prospective landowners can learn more about the Agricultural District Program on the following website: www.agriculture.ny.gov/ap/agservices/agdistricts.html.         

    Documents and Forms

2016 Agricultural District Inclusions:

At the July 19, 2016 Ulster County Legislative Session, the County Legislature voted to pass the recommendation of the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) to include 23 tax parcels, approximately 367 acres, into all four of the County's agricultural districts.
2016 AFPB Recommendations to the Ulster County Legislature for Annual Agricultural District Inclusions
Ulster County Resolution 344-16 Adopting Inclusion into Agricultural Districts Lands recommended by the AFPB

On August 23, 2016 the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets of the State of New York certified inclusion of the 23 parcels, officially making each a part of the an agricultural district. 2016 Agricultural District Inclusion Certification Letter from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

2015 Agricultural District Inclusions:

At the July 21, 2015 Ulster County Legislative Session, the County Legislature voted to pass the recommendation of the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) to include 16 tax parcels, approximately 647 acres, into all four of the County's agricultural districts.
2015 AFPB Recommendations to the Ulster County Legislature for Annual Agricultural District Inclusions
Ulster County Resolution 265-15 Adopting Inclusion into Agricultural Districts Lands recommended by the AFPB

On August 28, 2015 the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets of the State of New York certified inclusion of the 16 parcels, officially making each a part of the an agricultural district. 2015 Agricultural District Inclusion Certification Letter from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

2014 Agricultural District Inclusions:

At the July 15, 2014 Ulster County Legislative Session, the County Legislature voted to pass the recommendation of the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) to include 6 tax parcels, approximately 48 acres, into three of the County's agricultural districts.
2014 AFPB Recommendations to the Ulster County Legislature for Annual Agricultural District Inclusions
Ulster County Resolution 245-14 Adopting Inclusion into Agricultural Districts Lands recommended by the AFPB

On September 30, 2014 the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets of the State of New York certified inclusion of the 6 parcels, officially making each a part of the an agricultural district. 2014 Agricultural District Inclusion Certification Letter from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

2013 Agricultural District Inclusions:

At the August 20, 2013 Ulster County Legislative Session, the County Legislature voted to pass the recommendation of the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) to include 19 tax parcels, approximately 516 acres, into three of the County's agricultural districts.
2013 AFPB Recommendations to the Ulster County Legislature for Annual Agricultural District Inclusions
Ulster County Resolution 231-13 Adopting Inclusion into Agricultural Districts Lands recommended by the AFPB

On October 28, 2013 the Acting Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets of the State of New York certified inclusion of the 19 parcels, officially making each a part of an agricultural district. 2013 Agricultural District Inclusion Certification Letter from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Please contact Burt Samuelson of the Ulster County Planning Department with any questions at (845) 339-2490 or bsam[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us