Navigating Solar Lease Agreements and the Solar Development Process: A Program for NY Farmers and Rural Landowners
October 26, 2021
9:30am to ? (varies by county)
Varies by County
HostLake Ontario Fruit Program
CCE County Associations (contact your local CCE office to register)
You have the opportunity to lease your farmland to a solar energy company! It sounds like a sweet deal, and you are interested, but you are not sure just how it works...
Join your local participating county CCE association on October 26 at an in-person meeting for farmers and rural landowners to get answers to your solar leasing questions. This program will feature several live webinars presented by industry experts to help you navigate the solar development process, make informed decisions, and negotiate solar lease agreements.
Webinar 1 (9:30-11:30)
9:30-10:15am: Understanding the Solar Development Process and What Solar Companies are Looking For. Presented by Loren Pruskowski, Owner, Ecolegacy Values. Loren is also the general contractor installing a solar array on his Guilderland, New York farm.
10:15-11:00am: Understanding Solar Lease Agreements and Tips for Negotiating a Contract. Presented by Scott Kurkoski, Assistant Managing Partner, Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP. Scott got his start representing landowners in the fracking industry and has spent years assisting farmers and rural landowners in negotiating contracts with Solar companies.
11:00-11:30am: Q&A with Morning Presenters
11:30am-12:30pm: The program for this time will vary by county.
Webinar 2 (12:30-1:30)
12:30-1:30pm: How Municipal Regulations Affect Solar Development Opportunities at the Local Level. Presented by Jeffrey Kehoe, NYS Department of Ag and Markets. Learn how local communities can best prepare for managing the huge influx of solar company demand for land.
Local Program (1:30-?)
The afternoon program will vary by county office.
Location Options for Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollees
Wayne County CCE Program
Wayne County CCE is now offering the program online only. Email Mark Wiltberger at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will set you up with the Zoom link. The program is here:
Other Options for Attending
This program is a collaboration between county CCE associations and the statewide Cornell Farm Business Management group. You are welcome to attend another county CCE association that is conducting the program. In addition, some CCE associations will provide a virtual option for attendees that would like to participate in the meeting from a remote location.
Listed below are some counties near the LOF region with a link to their event information and registration page and whether they are offering a virtual option for attendees:
Genesee County CCE Program
Virtual Option: No
Erie County CCE Program
Virtual Option: Yes
Ontario County CCE Program
Virtual Option: Yes
Cayuga County CCE Program
Virtual Option: Yes
You can register for the program through the following participating CCE County Offices: Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Renssalear, Saratoga, Schoharie, Senaca, St Lawrence, Suffolk, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates. Don't know the website address for your county office? Go to: https://cals.cornell.edu/cornell-cooperative-extension/local-offices.
Farm Food Safety Meeting
December 5, 2022
This meeting will focus on updates and key considerations in farm food safety. Topics to be covered include agricultural water quality assessments, traceability procedures, tips for improving flow and efficiency in wash/pack facilities, cleaning and sanitation updates, plus plenty of discussion to answer your questions.
Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting
December 16, 2022
Please join us in-person for our annual winter advisory meeting where you can spend time with the team reviewing the team's educational programs and most importantly providing us feedback. Please pre-registration by December 13th.