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Seneca County will host workshop on solar developments for farmers on April 10

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In Seneca County, an increasing trend of solar development on agricultural lands is sparking discussions among the local farming community. To address the rising interest and concerns, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County together with the Seneca County Farm Bureau organized an educational workshop titled “Solar & Ag in Seneca County: What You Need to Know.” The event, aimed at farmers and landowners, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Romulus Fire Department.


The workshop intends to provide valuable insights on solar development, focusing on critical aspects of leasing agricultural lands to solar companies. With a registration fee of $15, which includes lunch, participants are required to sign up in advance through the CCE Seneca website or by calling a provided contact number.

The program features discussions led by experts from Cornell University, American Farmland Trust, and legal professionals, covering topics from the basics of utility-scale solar development in New York State to the intricacies of solar leases and legal documentation. This initiative underscores the importance of informed decision-making for farmers considering solar development on their lands.