Virginia House Bill 582 (2010)

Provides the Center for Rural Virginia with the additional authority to facilitate the development of incentives and to provide a forum for competing interests to allow for job creation and expanded economic opportunities for farm businesses and rural enterprises while ensuring the rights of localities to develop reasonable regulations of such farm businesses and rural … Continued

Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation

Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation aims to support communities that have recognized the value and importance of smart growth, and now seek to implement it. It does so by highlighting and describing techniques to help policymakers put the ten smart growth principles into practice. The policies and guidelines presented in this primer … Continued

U.S. House Bill 4971: The Greening Food Deserts Act (2010)

The Greening Food Deserts Act creates a Department of Urban Agriculture, expands the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, provides infrastructure funding for farmers’ markets and provides technical assistance for backyard conservation and community garden programs. The bill also requires further evaluation of farmers’ markets in the Census of Agriculture.

Wisconsin Assembly Bill 782 (2010)

Encourages the purchase of food produced in Wisconsin; creates goals and a preference for in state procurement of food produced in this Wisconsin, and creates a Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council.

Tennessee House Bill 3094 (2010).

This bill enacts the “Food Desert Relief Act.” This bill authorizes the Tennessee local development authority to issue revenue bonds and to make the proceeds available for loans to develop property food desert relief enterprises that private industry alone would be otherwise unable to serve, at interest rates lower than would otherwise be obtainable. “Food … Continued

U.S. House Bill 4710 (2010)

Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to award grants to eligible entities for farm to school programs.

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