Agricultural Districts

Enacted in 1971, New York’s Agricultural Districts Law (ADL) is a very effective tool for maintaining lands in agriculture, and ensuring New York’s position as an outstanding agricultural state.

The ADL recognizes that agricultural lands are important and irreplaceable resources, which are in jeopardy of being lost as a result of increasing costs of agricultural businesses, development pressures and regulatory constraints.

The Law seeks to create economic and regulatory incentives which encourage farmers to continue farming. Relying primarily on the initiative of landowners and local governments, with state oversight, the law provides agricultural landowners with a number of benefits and protections.

The Allegany County Board of Legislators has established agricultural districts in the County and at the present time there are four (4) districts in the County.

Each district is reviewed every eight (8) years. Below you will find a listing of the districts and their anniversary dates. Review of these districts commences 300 days prior to anniversary date. An open season for entry into an Ag District has been set by the County Board of Legislators for each October.

Agricultural District #1
Anniversary Date 05/05/16

Allen
Grove

Birdsall
Hume

Caneadea
New Hudson

Centerville
Rushford

Granger

Agricultural District #2
Anniversary Date 06/10/14

Allen
Cuba

Amity
Friendship

Andover
Scio

Angelica
Ward

Belfast
Wellsville

Birdsall
West Almond

Clarksville
Wirt

Agricultural District #3
Anniversary Date 10/07/11

Almond
Burns

Birdsall
Grove

Agricultural District #4
Anniverary Date 08/07/17

Alfred
Genesee
Alma
Independence
Andover
Ward
Bolivar
Willing

Useful Links
Agricultural District Brochure
Agricultural District Fact Sheet
Agricultural District Map