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County adds nearly 400 acres to ag district

Photo by Tom Rivers: A field with bales of straw is shown earlier this week on Gaines Basin Road in Albion.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 August 2019 at 8:30 am

ALBION – The Orleans County Agricultural District will grow by about 400 acres, pending final approval from the State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The County Legislature last week held a public hearing and then approved adding 384.4 acres to the ag district. That brings the total acreage in the district to 116,703 acres.

Each year, property owners have the opportunity to be included in the district, which provides eligible operations right-to-farm protection, among other benefits. Property owners can petition to remove land from the district once every eight years.

The additions include:

• 10.80 acres on East Lee Road in Clarendon, owned by George D. Mathes

• 74.80 acres on East Lee Road in Clarendon, owned by Gary Germeo

• 9.20 acres on Roosevelt Highway in Carlton, owned by Louis P. Lustumbo, Jr.

• 6.60 acres on Kenmore Road in Kendall, owned by Jeffrey Cole

• 1.70 acres on Kenmore Road in Kendall, owned by Jeffrey Cole

• 30.00 acres on Crandall Avenue in Kendall, owned by Jeffrey Cole

• 16.00 acres on Kenyonville Road in Gaines, owned by Steven Fox

• 22.10 acres on Albion-Eagle Harbor Road in Albion, owned by Young Enterprises of Medina

• 119.60 acres on Oak Orchard Road in Carlton, owned by Young Enterprises of Medina

• 17.70 acres on County Line Road in Ridgeway, owned by Reah Johnson

• 75.90 acres on Beals Road in Ridgeway, owned by Patrick L. Kelly

The entire ag district will next be up for review in 2024, when property owners will have the option of both adding and subtracting acreage from the district. Until then there will be annual opportunities to add land to the district.

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