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A public hearing to consider formation of a proposed Amherst Agricultural District has been scheduled by the County Legislature for 7:30 p.m. July 11 in the North Amherst Fire Hall, Tonawanda Creek Road and Campbell

The Legislature's Agricultural Advisory Committee, headed by Legislator Charles M. Swanick, D-Kenmore, on April 25 recommended that the 835-acre district be formed after the committee toured the area where bedding plants, flowers, cabbage, sweet corn, Christmas trees and grains are planted.

Previously, the Amherst Town Board unanimously gave the district its approval.

If the hearing encourages the Legislature to approve the district, the 17th in the county, its recommendation will be forwarded to Albany for final acceptance. Farmers within the district then will be entitled to lower agricultural district assessments and protection from special district charges.

In return, they will be required to maintain farming operations for at least eight years.

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