Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County & the Broome County Department of Planning for a three-part virtual series for municipal officials, planners and IDA Board members, or any other interested parties. Each of these sessions will cover relevant topics relative to agricultural development and rural development. Each of the sessions will feature content matter experts and actionable tools, resources and information.
A certificate with the appropriate number of credits will be made available to attendees after each session. A recording will be sent out after each session as well.
The link with more information, and to register for any/all of these virtual training opportunities can be found here.
All sessions will take place on Zoom.
Session #2: Our presenters will discuss the intersection/balance between encouraging renewable energy development and agricultural development on rural land and what tools and policies are available to municipalities. We’ll hear from two attorneys on 487 exemption, comprehensive plans, zoning, approval process, etc as well as lease protections, the restoration bond, and financial and property terms. We will get an overall understanding and intersections between the role of prime soils, solar siting and agriculture, and the economic impact that agriculture plays in a community. We will end with an overview of several solar ag projects and discuss how to work with farmers and landowners during this process.