Rich Agriculture History

Washington County has a long a storied tradition of agriculture, and today, agriculture remains the preeminent industry within Washington County. Agriculture represents an important cultural and economic identity to Washington County. The Washington County Planning Department is committed to assisting the agricultural industry to continue to thrive.

Agriculture as an Economic Engine

Agriculture is the number one industry in Washington County. Our productive and important soils, coupled with close proximity to major markets, has made Washington County a center for agricultural operations and their supporting industries.

Washington County's Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan

Original Plan

The original plan was adopted in 1996 and was one of the 1st County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plans adopted in New York State. Now, 20 years later, the Washington County Board of Supervisors has recognized the need to update and expand the plan to reflect the changes that have occurred in the agricultural industry over the past 2 decades.

Updated 2017 Plan 

In February of 2015, Washington County was awarded a grant through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to undertake the process of updating the original Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. Nearing the final stages of this process, the draft plan is now available for public review and comment.

On April 19th, 2017 there will be a public hearing held at the Washington County Annex II (next to Cornell Cooperative Extension) from 7-9 PM. The public is encouraged to read the plan and provide feedback to ASA, the Plan consultant. Please send comments to Renee at or mail to ASA, 2531 State Route 40, Greenwich, NY 12834. Comments are due by April 30th, 2017.

(To open draft plan: click on the image below)
Washington County Ag & Farmland Protection Plan Draft