An updated plan to protect agriculture and farmland in Dutchess County is now law.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro was joined Thursday by members of the Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, county and municipal officials, and local farmers at McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton for the signing of the Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan into law. The Dutchess County Legislature unanimously adopted the plan earlier in March. The plan outlines activities, programs and strategies to promote the economic success of the agricultural industry. Dutchess County’s original plan was adopted in 1998 in response to the financial struggles faced by local farms and the increased pressure to convert farms into residential and commercial properties.