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The highlights in this fact sheet are a small sampling of data that are available and support the efforts of people who care about the future of agriculture and agricultural land.
Private land trusts play an increasingly important role in farm and ranch land protection. Here is a summary of survey findings along with tables using data from the survey.
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 regulates net metering and limits restrictions on community net metering projects. This bill was vetoed by the Governor in 2017.
This bill modifies New Jersey’s solar renewable energy portfolio standards. S2276 increases SREC requirements for New Jersey retail electric suppliers and is likely to increase demand for solar installations. This bill was subject to a Governor’s pocket veto in January 2018.
This law establishes siting standards and creates incentives for installing solar facilities in Connecticut. It incorporates recent amendments addressing whether projects require certificates demonstrating environmental compatibility and public need.
This table displays the status and summarizes important information, as of January 2017, about farm and ranch land protection programs in the 28 states that have funded easement acquisitions.
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).
The Beginning Farmer Opportunity Act is designed to improve existing USDA programs and assist beginning farmers with training and access to loan programs. The bill includes a microloan program to assist beginning farmers with startup costs. An existing down payment loan program would receive continued funding and the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) would … Continued