Ag Tax Incentives and Ag District Workshop (26 Jan 2017, Marbletown) -Takeaways and Useful Links

Over 40 growers and landowners gathered at the Marbletown Communty Center on January 26th, to participate in an Ag Tax Incentives & Ag District Workshop, hosted by RVGA in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. (Part of our  “Farmer to Farmer” 2017 Winter Workshop series)

The two-hour program, moderated by RVGA Executive Director Deborah DeWan, featured an expert panel that covered a variety of timely topics such as the ag tax incentive options, the ag district process and associated planning issues.

NOTE: The 2017 deadline to apply or renew the Ag Tax Assessment for property is March 1st; The application window to apply for Ag District inclusion in Ulster County is from March 1st through March 30th.

We would like to especially thank our speakers, who so generously shared their in-depth technical knowledge and years of experience in the field  with a very appreciative and engaged audience!

  • Michael Dunham — Assessor for the Towns of Marbletown, Rochester, and Rosendale
  • Elizabeth Higgins — Ag Business Management Specialist with the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP)
  • Jake Wedemeyer — District Technician, Ulster Co. Solid & Water Conservation District
  • Burt Samuelson — Senior Planner, Ulster County Planning Department and Farmland Protection Board

Below is a selection of documents and other online resources that our experts provided to help those looking to learn more about the NYS Ag Assessment Program and other tax incentives:

Overview of  the Agricultural Exemption Application Process
Click here to to download or print (PDF format) – document published by  Assessor’s Office, Towns of Marbletown, Rochester and Rosendale

Inclusion Process for Getting  Into an Agricultural District:

  • Ag District Inclusion Flyer: Click here to download or print (PDF format) – document published by  Ulster County Planning Dept.
  • Step-by-Step Guide: Click here to download or print (PDF format) – document published by  Ulster County Planning Dept.

Tax Incentives for Farmers and Ag Land Owners: Useful Links
Click here to download or print  in PDF format – document published by Cornell Cooperative Extension