What are local, healthy foods, and the food system that supports them, worth? This report presents one way to answer that question. Its analysis is purposefully focused on specific subsectors of the food system and their real and potential direct contribution to economic output and employment. In this sense, the report presents a conventional look at some of the economic value of local food systems and concludes that the local food system contributes to the New Hampshire economy and that it could contribute much more.
At the meeting of the New England Governors Conference (NEGC) in Bar Harbor ME on September 16, 2008, the six New England Governors established a blue-ribbon commission, charging it to assess land conservation in the region and recommend needed initiatives to advance regional landscape conservation.
This paper explores why agriculture and food system policy needs to pay more attention to regions. Regionalism, which urges a move from sector-based to place-based policymaking, has emerged as a powerful principle in public policy. Applied to agriculture and food policy, it acknowledges the regional diversity of the U.S. farm and food system and enables important differences between regions to be articulated and addressed more explicitly in the policy making
The purpose of this guide is to assist New England farmers with “the complex interpersonal, legal and financial considerations that can constrain or derail a farm transfer and jeopardize a farm’s future viability. The guide offers a variety of perspectives and strategies, includes worksheets to help users think through critical issues, and identifies sources of more technical information.”
This paper reports on the results of simulating a revenue-neutral shift from a statewide uniform property tax to a land value tax. The statewide economic impacts of such a tax reform are projected to be generally positive and also persistent in a state like New Hampshire . However, substantial variations in those impacts among the state's counties could be expected to occur.
The report assesses the easement stewardship practices of large, staffed land trusts in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont as well as the practices of all-volunteer land trusts and public agencies. In total, 15 land trusts were surveyed as well as the public easement-holding agency in each state. The 15 land trusts represent just 8 percent of the 119 land trusts that operate in the three states.
Purchase of development rights (PDR) programs enjoy public as well as farmer support. PDR refers to a land use control initiative that intends to limit the use of agricultural land to farm production by making it unavailable for development. Public support for PDR is explained by the efforts of non-farm residents to preserve the rural atmosphere of the area. Farmer support, on the other hand, is dictated by market forces, such that growth in the number of farms increases farmer support of PDR.