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The towns of Chili and Wheatland have been working on a joint farmland protection plan for almost a year. Both towns are known for having productive soil and worked together to develop an inventory of their agricultural lands.

The towns will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 27, to discuss the various methods of farmland preservation.

The meeting will include presentations from guest speakers, including a Genesee Land Trust representative. The speakers will discuss different approaches to farmland preservation, such as easements and the purchase of development rights, says Chili Supervisor David Dunning.

The meeting will be held at Chili American Legion Post 1830, 450 Chili-Scottsville Road, Chili.

The towns also want input from farmers and landowners, and they'll solicit comments during the meeting. Officials say they want to be able to gauge which farmland preservation initiatives might be the most effective, given the pressures and circumstances facing farmers.

Wheatland and Chili hope to have a draft of the plan ready in April or May, Dunning says. The plan will then be subject to county and state review. Once the plan is finalized, the towns will have to figure out how to advance and finance the its objectives, Dunning says.

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