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Bethlehem presents agricultural and farmland protection plan

"It really goes back to uses," he said. "Obviously it's important to keep farming and land use in town but we want to encourage things like maybe a bed and breakfast and agri-tourism if we can, too."

Leslie said that after the plan is reviewed by Albany County, the Town Board could have a final draft to vote on an implement by "early fall."

Supervisor Jack Cunningham said it is important to get as much community feedback as the protection plan moves forward.

"We're going to take whatever comments we get from the public and give them to the advisory committee to try to incorporate into the proposed plan," he said. "Our farmers are very important to us."

The draft report can be found at the town's Web site:

www.townofbethlehem.org/pages/AdvisoryComs/advAgAndFarmland.asp

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