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STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT: USDA Rural Development Launches COVID-19 Resource Webpage

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has launched a COVID-19 resource page to keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated on actions taken by the Agency to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit for information on Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and more.

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COVID -19 Consideration to expedite Site Plan Approval for Commercial Farms and Agribusiness expansion

Farmland Protection and Agricultural Development Plan

The Town of Amherst is developing a Farmland Protection and Agricultural Development Plan. The Plan is a Town-wide comprehensive look at agriculture and supporting activities. Funding assistance for the Plan is provided through a grant received from the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets. The Town has contracted with consultants Wendel Companies, WWS Planning and Camoin 310 to guide the planning process.  

aerial image of farmland
September 5th, 2019 farmland site visit

Agriculture has played a significant role in the history of Amherst, and the Town’s Comprehensive Plan envisions its continued importance in defining the character of North Amherst and its role in the local economy. The Town recognizes and understands that its agricultural lands face challenges to adapt to contemporary trends, opportunities and pressures. The Farmland Protection and Agricultural Development Plan will establish goals and strategies that support and protect agriculture in Amherst.

The Plan includes agri-business and agri-tourism components to focus on maintenance and growth of local agricultural markets and to introduce innovative and sustainable efforts to support producers, manufacturers and suppliers in the local and regional economy. Situated near the border of Erie and Niagara counties, Amherst’s agricultural resources enjoy a geographic advantage for markets and cooperation with regional suppliers and manufacturers. This Plan will identify collaborative opportunities with farming sectors, such as hemp and hops, to position Amherst with value-added agricultural resources and grow as a significant producer and market for the region.

Planning Process

DRAFT Town of Amherst Agriculture Inventory Map

Public Meetings

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 7:00 pm
Farmland Protection and Agricultural Development Steering Committee – 2nd Meeting
Will be held via Zoom Meetings (see details below)
Meeting Agenda

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 7: 00 pm
Farmland Protection and Agricultural Development Steering Committee Kick-Off Meeting
North Amherst Fire Hall
2200 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228
Kickoff Meeting Summary

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About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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