The 2009 Annual Report of the Ohio Food Policy Advisory Council.
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! Exciting change is on the horizon in Kentucky – change that has tremendous potential to revitalize Kentucky’s rural and urban communities. This potential lies in creating LIFE (locally integrated food economies). LIFE has the power to enhance the state’s fiscal and cultural vitality by bringing fresh, nutritious food from local farms to Kentucky’s citizens and by generating opportunities for Kentucky farmers to prosper from their land. LIFE unites urban and rural citizens by creating innovative economic opportunities through a new dynamic of cooperation.
This Community Farm Alliance (CFA) report, Bringing Kentucky’s Food and Farm Economy Home, is an attempt to establish where Kentucky agriculture is now, what important changes have taken place over the last 20 years, and a vision of potential economic revitalization for Kentucky’s rural and urban areas. Documenting the nature of Kentucky’s present food economy and suggesting areas for improvement is essential to the statewide food system planning now underway.
This publication provides farmers, school administrators, and institutional food-service planners with contact information and descriptions of existing programs that have made connections between local farmers and local school lunchrooms, college dining halls, or cafeterias in other institutions. To help communities initiate similar programs, this publication includes: resource lists of publications on how to initiate and manage local food programs, funding and technical assistance sources, and provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill that support farm-to-school and other community food programs.
From a speech given at the Brookings Agricultural Round Table Seminar in Washington, DC.
According to the 2017 National Young Farmer Survey, America’s new generation of young farmers expect to overcome major barriers to their success in agriculture, including access to land, affordable health care, and mounting student loan debt; but success will require deliberate policy change at all levels of government. The survey was conducted by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in partnership with Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.
The survey, conducted with 94 partner organizations, collected data from 3,517 current, former, and aspiring U.S. farmers under 40 years of age. The top challenge cited by young farmers is land access, particularly finding and affording land on a farm income. It is also the main reason why farmers quit farming and why aspiring farmers haven’t yet started.
Drawing on a survey of over 1,000 farmers in the national network of the National Young Farmers' Coalition, this report presents a vision of policy change and achievable recommendations that will help the next generation of American farmers thrive.
Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses brings the business planning process alive to help today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Sample worksheets lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, researched processing alternatives, determined potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets help the reader develop a detailed, lender- ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities.
This report summarizes findings from workshop on incorporating agriculture into new communities and reviews practices and issues that landowners, developers, design consultants and public officials might find useful as they consider building or encouraging communities with farms.
In September 2007, the Economic Development Department of Louisville Metro Government, in conjunction with local collaborators, retained the consultant team of Market Ventures, Inc. and Karp Resources (“MVI/KR”) to study the potential for increasing sales of locally grown and produced foods in Louisville. The premise of the study is that Louisville, as the state’s largest population center, has the potential to increase substantially the amount of food purchased from Kentucky farmers. The primary goal of the study has been to identify strategies that will most effectively increase Kentucky farmer income through new or expanded sales to Louisville consumers, businesses and institutions. In addition, the team has considered strategies that have additional benefits besides farm income, such as the community revitalization effects of farmers’ markets or the impact that a downtown public market might have on attracting tourists.
Over the course of the study period, the MVI/KR team studied the city’s existing food economy, the present state of Kentucky agriculture, and current initiatives at the local and state level. Through its research and analysis, the consultant team sought to identify the highest potential opportunities for increasing sales of locally grown and produced foods through the city’s various food sectors, including retail, restaurant, wholesale, food processing and manufacturing, institutional food service, and emergency feeding. The team then developed strategies that address the myriad ways that food intersects with the local economy and developed recommendations for making targeted investments, altering public policies or private practices, and undertaking new initiatives that will link or stimulate local supply and demand, as well as address needed infrastructure to support food sales from local farmers.
Principal research methods included key informant interviews, review of secondary data and reports, and focus groups with a diverse group of 90 farmers from the 13 county region around Louisville.
Speech given at the Ohio Planning Conference in Warren, Ohio.
This report is organized into twelve sections corresponding to the initiatives outlined in Strategies for Sustainability. For each of the initiatives, the Vision is that articulated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the State Board and the objectives are those defined by the Advisory Committee. Each challenge is explained more fully in the original report and in white papers prepared by the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division of the University of California, both of which can be downloaded from the Ag Vision page on the CDFA web site (www.cdfa.ca.gov).
California agriculture is the envy of the world, producing an abundance of remarkably safe, healthy an affordable food, while taking care of the land and environment. As one of only five Mediterranean growing regions on Earth, California is a major contributor to the global food supply and to the national security of the United States. To keep pace with growing demand for food, as the world’s population expands to nine billion people, California agriculture must remain profitable and competitive in a global market by efficiently using resources and controlling production costs. But it now faces unprecedented challenges to its sustainability in the form of pressures on its profitability and productivity related to water, regulations, labor, invasive species, urbanization and many other factors.
California Agricultural Vision (Ag Vision) was conceived by the California Department of Food & Agriculture and the State Board of Food & Agriculture to address these challenges. After holding public listening sessions and formulating a set of goals, the State Board turned to American Farmland Trust (AFT), a nonprofit conservation organization, to manage the Ag Vision process. AFT convened workshops in which more than 90 agricultural and other leaders proposed actions to address the key issues facing California agriculture in order to meet the State Board’s goals. It then recruited an Advisory Committee that included representatives from agriculture as well as from environmental, labor, hunger and nutrition interest groups. This Committee winnowed the proposals from the stakeholder workshops and now recommends a set of strategies to address the most critical challenges and assure the sustainability of California agriculture.
What motivates farmers to give up development rights and convey permanent conservation easements on their land? This report, the first in a series of three, examines the views and experiences of 46 landowners with conservation easements on their properties in three northern California counties. Thirty-seven had sold such easements in recent years; the other nine owners had recently purchased parcels with easements already in place. These farmland parcels are located in two North Bay coastal counties, Marin and Sonoma, and in Yolo County in the Central Valley. Collectively, these three counties contain a large share of the California farmland protected by conservation easements expressly for the purpose of allowing continued farming. The three programs are the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (SCAPOSD), and the Yolo Land Trust (YLT). In large part, the three programs acquire easements to preserve commercial farmland in the path of urbanization, as compared to the more traditional use of the technique to protect habitat, wetlands, forests, and other natural resource areas for their environmental qualities. We surveyed the 46 landowners in phone and personal interviews in February-August, 1999, asking questions about motivations, negotiations with land trusts, perceptions about program success and other experiences related to their conservation easement.
In the past decade, towns and counties around New York State have been protecting farmland through a variety of unique initiatives and planning efforts. To honor these success stories, American Farmland Trust published Call to Action—Farmland Protection Success Stories in the Empire State. The 44-page book uses straightforward language and illustrative photographs to celebrate the efforts of New York state residents who have been working to successfully protect their precious farmland resources. In their own words, farmers, planners, public officials and concerned residents from Long island to the Hudson River Valley to the Catskill Mountains recount their struggles to protect farmland.
From a speech given at the Conference on Land Use Issues of Nonmetropolitan America of the Association of American Geographers in College Park, Maryland.