Vermont Public Act No. 174 (2016)

This act, which was signed into law, was created to integrate energy development and land use planning.  The act encourages efficient use of energy, provides for the development of renewable energy resources, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Maine Legislative Document 1504 (2017)

Maine Legislative Document 1504 regulates net metering and limits restrictions on community net metering projects. This bill was vetoed by the Governor in 2017.

Burlington, Vermont: Comprehensive Development Ordinance (Article 4, Enterprise Districts)

Communities may use regulatory tools such as zoning ordinances and special use districts to establish designated areas for food processing, aggregation, and distribution.  The Burlington Vermont Code of Ordinances creates an Agricultural Processing and Energy District “to accommodate enterprises engaged in the manufacturing, processing, and distribution of agricultural goods and products, and those related to … Continued

Farmland Protection Action Guide: 24 Strategies for California

This guide has been written for elected officials, planning commissioners, planners, attorneys and community members who are interested in protecting California’s farmland. The guide’s focus is how to conserve farmland. What strategies are available to local government? What are their potential benefits and pitfalls? How are such programs funded? 

San Jose, CA: Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan

The Envision San José 2040 General Plan sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s continued growth through the year 2040. The Plan includes land use policies to shape the transformation of strategically identified and historically underutilized Growth Areas into higher-density, mixed-use, urban districts or “Urban Villages” which can accommodate … Continued

2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land Survey Infographics

The Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey is a study of agricultural landowners—including non-operator landlords—conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). These powerpoint slides provide infographics including data on: Agricultural landowners Number of principal owners Acres of agricultural land owned and rented out … Continued

2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land Survey Talking Points

The Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey is a study of agricultural landowners—including non-operator landlords—conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). The survey provides data about land ownership, income, expenses, debt, assets, landlord characteristics, and agricultural landowners’ land transfer plans.  

The 2014 Farm Bill (P.L. 113-79): Summary and Side-by-Side

Congress completed action on a new omnibus farm bill when conferees reported a conference agreement on January 27, 2014 (the Agricultural Act of 2014, H.R. 2642/H.Rept. 113-333); the full House and Senate approved the conference agreement on January 29 and February 4, respectively. The President signed the measure into law on February 7 (P.L. 113-79).

U.S. House Bill 1947 (2013)

Every five years, Congress passes a bundle of legislation, commonly called the “Farm Bill” that sets national agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. The last Farm Bill was passed in 2008, and expired in 2012. A partial extension was passed on January 1 to extend several expired Farm Bill programs.

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