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Virginia Farm Succession Survey: 2002

During the period January through March 2002, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP) sponsored a survey of Virginia farmers, with the intent of determining how many Virginia farmers had plans for the transition of their farm businesses to the next generation of farmers. This survey was part of a larger strategy adopted by the National Farm Transition Network (NFTN) to develop conclusions about the state of farm retirement planning in the United States, Europe and Japan.

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).

Virginia House Bill 583 (2010).

Local restrictions on farm businesses. Provides that local restriction upon activities and events at farm businesses to market and sell their products shall be reasonable and shall take into account the economic impact on the farm business of such restriction and whether such activities and events are usual and customary for farm businesses throughout the Commonwealth.

Virginia House Bill 423 (2010).

Food Standards for Agency Meals. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to develop Food Standards for Agency Meals to consist of (i) nutritional standards for foods served by state agencies and institutions and (ii) recommendations for the use of Virginia-grown foods to the greatest extent possible, and to disseminate such standards to the heads of all state agencies that purchase, prepare, or serve meals.

Virginia House Bill 398 (2010)

Purchase of Virginia-grown food products by state agencies and institutions and local school divisions. 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 products for student consumption.

Community Food Systems: Strengthening Community Health and Economy

Planners have historically focused on air, water, shelter and food. In the 19th century, as cities expanded, light and air gained prominence in an effort to combat public health concerns and disease. In the early 20th century, the garden city movement addressed the role of food in relation to planning. This relationship was lost for decades, but now food is moving to the fore once again - regionally, nationally and globally.

Cost of Community Services Study in Northampton County, Virginia

Located on the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, Northampton County is one of two counties that comprise the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel connects the county to the Virginia mainland to the south and to the north is Accomac County, Virginia and the Maryland border. A large portion of America’s last intact barrier island system is located in Northampton County, providing an internationally significant natural resource.

Cost of Community Services Study in Frederick County, Virginia

At the request of the Frederick County Farm Bureau, American Farmland Trust (AFT) conducted a Cost of Community Services (COCS) study to analyze the current net fiscal impact of existing land uses in Frederick County, Virginia. The study analyzes revenues and expenditures on a land use basis for fiscal year 2002 (July 2001 to June 2002). It compares revenues by land use with the financial demands of public services (e.g., public safety, government administration, schools, courts, etc.) by those land uses, including residential, commercial, and farm, forest and open lands.

Cost of Community Services Study in Culpeper County, Virginia

At the request of the Board of Supervisors, American Farmland Trust completed a Cost of Community Services (COCS) study to develop a current understanding of the net fiscal impact of existing land uses in Culpeper County, Virginia. The study analyzes revenues and expenditures on a land use basis for fiscal year 2002. It examines revenues by land use and the financial demands of public services (e.g. public safety, government administration, schools, courts, etc.) and shows the cost of providing these services to residential; commercial; and farm, forest and open space land uses.

Is There Evidence of a Critical Mass in the Mid-Atlantic Agriculture Sector Between 1949 and 1997?

Ongoing farmland loss has led county planners to ask “is there a critical mass of farmland needed?” to retain a viable agricultural sector. This study examines whether counties lost farmland at a faster rate if the number of agricultural acres fell below a critical threshold. Results from six Mid Atlantic states over the period 1949 to 1997 indicate that counties with fewer agricultural acres lost farmland at a faster rate.

Is There a Critical Mass of Agricultural Land Needed to Sustain an Agricultural Economy? Evidence from Six Mid-Atlantic States

The critical mass concept is based on the idea that a certain amount of agricultural activity must be sustained in order for the agricultural economy in an area to remain viable. As production levels decline below a given threshold, costs will rise, and support businesses will close or relocate. If the input and output firms exit the region, the closest input supplier may not only be farther away for a farmer but may also charge higher prices for inputs, veterinarian services, and equipment repairs.

Virginia Open-Space Land Act

The Open-Space Land Act is an important piece of Virginia's land protection policy.  The Act enables the Commonwealth of Virginia to work in partnership with landowners to reduce sprawl and protect open space.   Under the law, public bodies are authorized to acquire or designate property interests for use as open space.  In particular, the Act authorizes the Virginia to accept conservation easements on open space areas. 

Creating Viable Farms and Ranches: An Economic Development Strategy in Rural and Urban-Edge Communities

Staying profitable when competing against a flood of products produced from four corners of the globe is one of the greatest challenges for farmers and ranchers. To address this challenge, communities that recognize the value of agriculture to the local economy implement land use planning techniques and agricultural economic development tools. By planning for an economically healthy agriculture with pro-farming techniques that are integrated into an overall comprehensive land use plan, urban-edge communities retain the qualities that make them attractive.

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