Agriculture and Farmland Protection

Monroe County’s Agricultural Districts

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 the 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. 

For additional general information about the Agricultural Districts program, visit the NYS Agriculture and Markets Website

County Agricultural Districts Map (pdf)

Monroe County has two agricultural districts:

Western Agricultural District (#5)
Location: Chili, Clarkson, Gates, Greece, Hamlin, Ogden, Parma, Riga, Sweden, Wheatland
Total Acreage: 94,077 acres
Creation Date: 1976
Last Review: 2016
Next Review: 2024

2016 Western Agricultural District #5 Report

(Contact Robin at 753-2037 for a hard copy of the report).

Eastern Agricultural District (#6)
Location: Towns of Henrietta, Mendon, Perinton, Penfield, Pittsford, Rush, Webster
Total Acreage: 47,673 acres
Creation Date: 1975
Last Review: 2015
Next Review: 2023

2015 Eastern Agricultural District #6 Report

Annual Addition Process

The 2022 Monroe County annual Agricultural district addition 30-day open enrollment period is scheduled to be from March 1 to March 30, 2022.

Please note that property can only be removed from an Agricultural District during the District's eight-year review. The next eight-year review for Western Monroe County Agricultural District #5 is 2023 and for Eastern County Agricultural District #6 is 2024.

Annual Enrollment Form 2022 

 If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact Bob King, Monroe Community College Agriculture and Life Sciences Institue, 292-2065 or

Picture of John Deere tractor.Farmland Protection Plan Executive Summary

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.

Monroe County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (PDF) 

Monroe County Agricultural Data Statement 

According to 305-a.2 of the NYS Ag. Districts law, an agricultural data statement is required to be submitted with “any application for a special use permit, site plan approval, use variance or subdivision approval requiring municipal review and approval by a planning board, zoning board of appeals, town board or village board of trustee… that would occur on property within an agricultural district containing a farm operation or on property with boundaries within 500 feet of a farm operation located in an agricultural district shall include an agricultural data statement.”

Agriculture Data Statement

Picture of New York State farm.Census of Agriculture - Monroe County Agriculture

The USDA Census of Agriculture is taken every five years, in years ending in 2 and 7; the last census was taken in 2017.  The Census of Agriculture provides detailed agricultural statistics for every county, county equivalent and state as well as the nation as a whole.

USDA Census of Agriculture Website

Greenhouse Report

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.

Monroe County Greenhouse Industry Market Research Study

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.

Farmer Veteran Coalition

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County is seeking support from the agricultural community for veterans who are or want to become farmers.  See for more information.

Farmer Veteran Coalition Website