Agricultural Development

Wayne County farmers market, sell, and distribute their products in a world economy. Agricultural Development is a programmatic approach by Wayne County to support farmers in their efforts to build profitable and rewarding businesses.

There are many tools in the toolbox that you can learn about on this website, including:

Farmworker Housing

Farms in Wayne County employ 100s of workers and their families. Some of these workers have housing provided by the farm employer. With financial support from the Office of Community Renewal, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Cares Act funding, the County was able to assist seven farms with the removal and replacement of farmworker housing mobile homes.  The seven mobile home replacement projects were completed on time, under budget and exceeded the goals for the project.  The project exceeded the Low-to-moderate-Income (LMI) renter achievements by almost two times. The original goals of 16 LMI renters with 26 of 27 renters being LMI served by these Mobile / Manufactured Homes.

Rural Housing Opportunities  Corporation was an exemplary partner in this program. 

For more information on future availability of similar grant-funded programs contact Ora Rothfuss at orothfuss@co.wayne.ny.us.

Other Resources

Organization Link
Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation Districty https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County  http://ccewayne.org/
NY Farmnet https://www.nyfarmnet.org/
Beginning Farmers https://www.beginningfarmers.org/
NYS Department of Ag and Markets https://agriculture.ny.gov/