Virginia House Bill 1549 (2011)

Provides for the Department of General Services to establish procurement procedures to facilitate the purchase of Virginia-grown food products by state agencies and institutions and local public school divisions to the maximum extent possible. The bill also provides local school divisions with an exemption from competitive sealed bidding under certain circumstances when procuring Virginia-grown food … Continued

Virginia House Bill 1725 (2011)

Creates the Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund, to consist of funds as may be appropriated by the General Assembly and other public or private sources. The funds will be used solely for the purposes of preserving farmland in the Commonwealth and will be administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Virginia House Bill 1445 (2011)

Limits the maximum amount that any taxpayer may receive in land preservation tax credits to $10 million annually, beginning in calendar year 2012.

Contra Costa County, California: 65/35 Land Preservation Ordinance

This local plan for Contra Costa County limits urban development in the county to no more than thirty-five percent of the land in the county. At least sixty-five percent of all land in the county shall be preserved for agriculture, open space, wetlands, parks and other nonurban uses. To ensure the enforcement of the 65/35 … Continued

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

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