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Florida FarmFinder

Florida FarmFinder works to continue Florida’s rich farming heritage by keeping productive farmland in production. The majority of farmers in the state of Florida are over 55 years old, and almost half of Florida’s agricultural lands will change hands in the next twenty years. Many older farming families are faced with the reality that there is not a younger generation to continue farming their land. Similarly, many beginning farmers enter the field but are unable to secure affordable access to land.

Florida Growth Policy Act Statutes

Florida's growth management laws represent the state legislature's finding that agricultural production is a major contributor to the economy of the state; that agricultural lands constitute unique and irreplaceable resources of statewide importance; that the continuation of agricultural activities preserves the landscape and environmental resources of the state, contributes to the increase of tourism, and furthers the economic self-sufficiency of the people of the state; and that the encouragement, development, and improvement of agriculture will result in a general benefit to the health,

Florida Statute Establishing Century Commission For a Sustainable Florida

Establishes the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida based on legislative findings that the population of Florida is expected to more than double over the next 100 years, with commensurate impacts to the state’s natural resources and public infrastructure. Consequently, it is in the best interests of the people of the state to ensure sound planning for the proper placement of this growth and protection of the state’s land, water, and other natural resources.

Florida Farm to School Statute

Establishes the Florida Farm Fresh Schools Program within the Department of Education.  The program is designed to encourage school districts to buy fresh and high quality foods grown from in state farmers.  The program also encourages schools to demonstrate a preference for competitively priced organic food products. 

 

Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes

Despite the widespread adoption of smart growth principles, there has been little systematic assessment of their effectiveness or consequences. To fill this need, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy collaborated with 14 of the country’s leading public policy researchers and planners to measure performance in four states with statewide smart growth programs (Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, and Oregon) and performance in four states without such programs (Colorado, Indiana, Texas, and Virginia).

Innovative Marketing Opportunities for Small Famers: Local Schools as Customers

Today, there are 300,000 fewer farmers than in 1979. Many small farm operators have either left the farm or been forced to find off-farm jobs to supplement their income. This group of small farmers contains many African-American farmers. The number of African-American farmers has dramatically declined since 1910, when 1 million African-American farmers owned 15 million acres of land. In 1998, fewer than 20,000 African American farmers owned 2 million acres.

Transfer of Development Rights in U.S. Communities

Private ownership of land in the United States comes with a bundle of rights and responsibilities. The bundle of rights usually includes the right to subdivide and develop the land. However, this right can sometimes be inconsistent with other social objectives, such as provision of wildlife habitat, preservation of farmland or certain ecological resources, protection of historically significant areas and scenic views, and prevention of development on highly erodible slopes or in difficult soils.

Incentive-based Programs and Techniques to Protect Natural Resources and Florida Panther Habitat on Private Lands

This field manual describes incentive-based programs and techniques available to land-managing agencies and landowners seeking to protect Florida panther habitat and other natural resources on private lands. The manual focuses on proactive measures designed to keep land in private ownership and on the tax rolls. They are divided into three categories: land protection techniques, payment and credit programs and land management techniques.

Florida Right to Farm Enabling Statute

This right-to-farm law was passed based on a finding by the Florida Legislature  that agricultural activities conducted on farm land in urbanizing areas are potentially subject to lawsuits based on the theory of nuisance and that these suits encourage and even force the premature removal of the farm land from agricultural use. It is the purpose of this law to protect reasonable agricultural activities conducted on farm land from nuisance suits.

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