Ag council reviews programs

NORWICH County planners tapped a set aside pool of economic promotion and development funds again this week by awarding the Chenango County Agriculture Development Council $4,150.

Council Chairperson J. Rebecca Hargrave made the budget request in order to fund programs in 2007. Council activities include awarding individual farms microgrants for promotional purposes, agricultural events at the Chenango County Fair and professional improvement conference sponsorships.

Last year, $200 mini-grants were awarded to five area farms: Herm N Dell Greenhouse, Plymouth; Country Morning Maple Products, Columbus; Warm Wind Farms, Coventry; Antique Valley Jerseys, Greene; and Promised Land Farm, New Berlin. Most of the funds were used to purchase signage directing traffic to the farms as well as direct marketing brochures and business cards.

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