The Land Connection trains farmers in resilient, restorative farming techniques; informs the public about the sources of our food and why that matters; and works to protect and enhance farmland so that we, and generations to come, will have clean air and water, fertile soil, and healthy, delicious food.
The Land Connection’s classified section is a place to help find a farmer for your land, or find farmland to launch your farm business. This section can also help you find a mentor or intern.
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service offers Land Link-Up, an online list where those seeking land to farm and farmland owners can post descriptions of farmland sought and of farmland for rent/sale along with contact information.
Aggie Bonds programs allow states to provide lenders a tax exemption on interest from financed purchases by beginning farmers. Chapter 5-28-31 of the Indiana Code sets forth the authorization and administration of Aggie Bonds by the Indiana Finance Authority.
The Farm Beginnings program of the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) provides the Seeking Farmers-Seeking Land Clearinghouse. Those seeking farmland or farmers complete an online application. The information is then posted online for 90 days and circulated by LSP through its publications and partner networks.
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Indiana Land Resources Council believe the model agricultural zoning ordinances in this guide are valuable to counties across the state as they make proactive decisions about land use. There are many different strategies to accommodate the land use needs of a community, and the best approach for each county is to tailor solutions to its unique characteristics. These models are intended to address land use issues that arise because of the variety of residential and agricultural uses found in rural Indiana today.
States define agricultural activities differently among themselves and can even have multiple definitions in separate sections of their own legal codes for terms such as "farming" and "agriculture."
This article looks at the state’s agricultural trends, the distribution of prime farmland in Indiana, and projected urban growth patterns to address whether development is occurring at the expense of farmland and whether the state has adequate policies in place to protect the best farmland.
This study looks at two alternate assumptions about property values. Some costs are allocated based on property values. In Indiana’s assessment system, all property except farmland is assessed at market value. Farmland is assessed at its use value in agriculture, which appears to be less than one-third its market value, on average. If costs are allocated with use value, the agricultural COCS ratios tend to be less than one. If costs are allocated with estimated market value, the ratios tend to be greater than one. It is not clear which assumption is more appropriate.
There are no standard definitions of what constitutes "local" food amidst a burgeoning local food promotion and policy-development movement. Nonetheless, government policies are rapidly evolving to promote local food production. For most states, anything produced or processed in-state is considered local. In other instances, a 250 or even a 500 mile perimeter constitutes an acceptable boundary justifying a local food territory for policy making purposes or purchasing preferences.
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).
Authorizes Farmers' Market in Lafayette, Indiana.
An ecolabel is a seal or a logo indicating that a product has met a certain set of environmental and/or social standards or attributes. Ecolabels offer one avenue to educate consumers about locally grown, sustainably-raised foods.
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture partnered in a pilot with the Iowa State University Business Analysis Laboratory to conduct consumer and food business market research related to ecolabels.
An ecolabel is a seal or logo indicating that a product has met a certain set of environmental and/or social standards or attributes. Ecolabels offer one important avenue to educate consumers about locally grown, sustainably raised foods.
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture partnered with the Iowa State University Business Analysis Laboratory in the second phase of a pilot project to conduct consumer market research on food ecolabels and perceptions of locally grown foods. The specific objectives for Phase II were as follows:
These ordinances enable a purchase of agricultural conservation easement program.
This report is a compilation of the project results as they were recorded by participating producers during the 1991 growing season. AFT and ISAA have tried to provide complete agronomic information for each demonstration/research plot. A simple economic summary of expense and income for each plot has also been included.