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Leg. Anker Opposes Court Ruling that Threatens the Livelihood of Local Farmers

A recent court decision limits the ability of farmers to build structures on preserved county farmland parcels.

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Legislator Anker speaks at a press conference with members of the agriculture community to bring attention to the recent court ruling to overturn Chapter 8 of the Suffolk County Code.

Photo by: Office of Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker.

Hauppauge, NY - November 29, 2016 - On Tuesday, November 22 nd , Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker and Legislator Al Krupski joined county officials, members of the agriculture community, and farmland preservation specialists to bring attention to a recent court decision that limits the ability of farmers to build structures on preserved county farmland parcels. The decision will overturn substantial provisions of Chapter 8 of the Suffolk County Code.

The law previously allowed land owners to apply for agricultural development permits for certain structures, such as barns, sheds, deer fencing, irrigation systems, greenhouses, and farmstands, on preserved farmland. The infrastructure needs of local farmers are continously changing as new technologies and farming techniques emerge and the court decision places an unfair burden on the hardworking farming community.

“Agriculture is central to Suffolk County’s economy and tourism. The provisions in Chapter 8 allow for land owners to build structures that are essential to our local farms, and without these structures to store equipment and grow produce, we only hinder agricultural production. It is vital that we do everything in our power to ensure that our farming legacy continues,” said Legislator Anker.

Suffolk County has filed a notice of appeal to overturn the court decision. For more information, please contact Legislator Anker’s office at 631-854- 1600.