[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Schodack 7-25-2005 by L.L. No. 6-2005. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby found and declared that many of the agricultural lands in Schodack are in jeopardy of being lost for any agricultural purposes. When nonagricultural development extends into farm areas, competition for limited land resources results. Ordinances inhibiting farming tend to follow, farm taxes rise, and hopes for speculative gains discourage investments in farm improvements, often leading to the idling or conversion of potentially productive agricultural land.
The Town Board of Schodack declares its intent to permit the continuation of the business of farming as it is now carried out throughout the Town of Schodack, including, without limitation, the various agricultural districts with the Town, and to retain the existence of farms within the Town in view of the substantial contribution now provided by said farms and farm properties. The Town Board of Schodack further recognizes that there exist certain farming operations which must be permitted to be carried on in the furtherance of the business of farming and which can be carried on within the Town of Schodack without interfering with the use and enjoyment of land not now devoted to the business of farming.
The socioeconomic vitality of agriculture in the Town is essential to the economic stability and growth of many local communities and the state as a whole. It is, therefore, the declared policy of the Town to conserve, protect and encourage the development and improvement of its agricultural land for production of food and other agricultural products. It is also the declared policy of the Town to conserve and protect agricultural lands as valued natural and ecological resources which provide needed open spaces for clean air sheds, as well as for aesthetic purposes.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Shall mean, but not be limited to, any person, organization, entity, association, partnership or corporation engaged in the business of agriculture as defined in Agriculture and Markets Law (AML) § 301, Subdivisions 2 and 11, whether for profit or otherwise, including the cultivation of land, the raising of crops, the raising of livestock and commercial horse boarding operations.
- FARMING OPERATIONS
- Any activity, now permitted by law, engaged in by a farmer as defined herein, in connection with and in furtherance of the business of farming and shall include, but not be limited to, the collection, transportation, distribution, and storage of livestock wastes; practices which contribute to the production, preparation and marketing of crops, livestock and livestock products as a commercial enterprise, including a commercial horse boarding operation as defined in AML § 301, Subdivision 13; storage, transportation, and use of equipment for tillage, planting and harvesting; transportation, storage and use of legally permitted fertilizers and lime, insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides, all in accordance with local, state, and federal law and regulation and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and warnings; construction of farm structures and facilities as permitted by local and state building codes and regulations; construction and maintenance of fences.
The Town Board of the Town of Schodack hereby mandates that farmers, as defined herein, may lawfully engage in farming operations as defined herein and in Agriculture and Markets Law (AML) § 301, Subdivision 11, within the Town of Schodack at such times, including nighttime hours, and at such locations, as are necessary to conduct the business of farming, and that no person, entity, association, partnership or corporation shall engage in any act to prevent or deter such conduct as is approved herein.