Agricultural Environmental Management Program

Welcome to the age of proactive steps to non-point source pollution potential from agriculture.  We have submitted a 5 year strategy to assist all farms in the county with their environmental concerns.  The Agricultural Environmental Management Program (AEM) will be coming to your farm very soon.  Please take a moment to talk with the person and allow them to walk you through the steps of AEM and how it can benefit your farm to be a part of this program.

Soil group worksheet is generated from our GIS information to produce a map with the soils over a digital ortho photo which also has the tax parcel information. The soils are counted on the values that are in agricultural production. This information is used for Agricultural Assessments. (Fee for mapping)

Whole Farm Plans
A whole farm plan is an action plan for your farm’s future that takes into account all of your farm resources.  It is a customized farm plan that complies with environmental regulations and is environmentally and financially responsible.  It also recommends BMPs with environmental as well as business objectives in mind.  If you are interested in hearing more about whole farm plans, feel free to call or E-mail us.

Nutrient Management Plans

 A crop nutrient management program is a tool farmers may use to increase the efficiency of nutrients. At the same time production risk and environmental risks will be reduced and profits will be increased.


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) does its work through a mutual agreement with 62 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in New York. Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of State government where activities are governed by a locally appointed board of directors.

They deliver conservation programs to local landowners including:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
  • Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
  • Small Watershed Program

They provide technical support to other State, Federal, and Local agencies in the delivery of the following programs:

  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
  • State Environmental Bond Act
  • New York City and Skaneateles Lake Watershed Projects


The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs as laid out by Congress through a network of federal, state and county offices.


These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand. Economically, the desired result of these programs is a steady price range for agricultural commodities for both farmers and consumers.