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Designating Farmland Around Puget Sound

This paper provides an overview of the designation criteria used by the twelve counties around Puget Sound, and provide recommendations on what makes a good set of criteria for counties wishing to strengthen protections for agricultural land through planning and zoning. There is little consistency in the process counties go through to develop their designation criteria, and county planners often lack opportunities to engage with their counterparts and exchange notes. This analysis is important to provide a comprehensive look at who is doing what, and some insight into what is working.

Agricultural Mitigation Case Studies: Program Summaries and Stakeholder Perspectives from Seven Western Communities

This report attempts to answer questions asked by the community of Missoula County, Montana, including: how well different types of mitigation are working on the ground; how to calculate a value for conserved lands; how to ensure responsible management of conserved lands; and how mitigation works alongside voluntary land protection measures. The Land Use & Natural Resources Clinic at the has gathered information from seven western communities engaged in regulatory protection of agricultural lands.

Landowner Perspectives on Voluntary Conservation Incentive Programs: Results and Recommendations from a Landowner Survey in the Snohomish and Stillaguamish Watersheds

American Farmland Trust (AFT) and Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) wanted to understand more about why some landowners participate in conservation incentive programs and others do not. They also wanted to gain insights into how to overcome the barriers that may be preventing wider participation, and recommend steps that will lead to a more effective and efficient technical and financial support system for landowners.

Washington Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission, in partnership with Northwest Farm Credit Services,offers loans for qualifying beginning farmers and ranchers that can be combined with other loans, grants and other sources of funds. The Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program is a tax-exempt bond program designed to assist beginning farmers and ranchers in the state of Washington acquire agricultural property at lower interest rates.

Washington FarmLink

Washington FarmLink, a program of the Tilth Alliance, connects aspiring farmers and landowners, facilitating the transition of farms to the next generation and helping build sustainable farm operations.The program provides resources and technical expertise through a matching service, educational workshops, a comprehensive resource center and one-on-one assistance.

The Future of Farming: Strategic Plan for Washington Agriculture 2020 and Beyond

The Future of Farming is a statewide strategic plan for Washington agriculture submitted to the Legislature and the Governor in February 2009.

The plan was prepared by the Washington State Department of Agriculture in 2008 with guidance from an industry steering committee and input from about 2,000 participants from the industry's many segments. The project found wide agreement on the industry's key priorities.

The Future of Farming plan identifies five broad strategies for keeping agriculture viable:

2012 Agricultural Enterprise Area Program Report

The Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) program was created as part of the Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative in the 2009 - 2011 biennial budget (2009 Act 28). State statute authorizes the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to designate up to 1 million acres statewide as agricultural enterprise areas.

Since 2009, in Wisconsin 22 AEAs totaling nearly 510,000 acres in 17 counties and 55 towns have been designated.

Seattle Food Action Plan

With Seattle’s population expected to grow by 100,000 people over the next 20 years, it is important to identify ways to ensure that everyone in Seattle is able to participate in a food system that promotes health, environmental sustainability, racial and social equity, and a thriving economy.

WSDA Future of Farming Project: Status of Existing Programs for Protecting Agricultural Land in Washington

This is the second paper in a series that presents an overview of current agricultural land protection needs and efforts in Washington.

This paper outlines current farmland protection programs and their limitations. Together the papers present a comprehensive study of the problem of vanishing farmland, the existing policies, and improvements Washington can make to its agricultural land protection strategy.

The first paper is "WSDA Future of Farming Project: Working Paper on Statistics of Farmland in Washington."

WSDA Future of Farming Project: Working Paper and Statistics on Farmland in Washington

Among the critical issues faced by Washington’s farmers and ranchers in the years ahead will be access to land. As the population of our state continues to grow, the cost of land is likely to continue rising. Already many farmers are finding themselves unable to afford to expand their operations. New farmers are finding it difficult to enter farming. And some find it necessary to sell land for development or other non-agricultural uses.

Losing Ground: Farmland Protection in the Puget Sound Region

American Farmland Trust analyzed the farmland protection programs of the 12 counties around Puget Sound. This report takes a thorough county-by-county look at local governments and their treatment of farmland. The results are a mix of bad and good news. The report documents the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, which has resulted from an overheated market for urban land, lax land use regulations and underfunded land protection programs.

Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a Systems Approach - County and Community-based Planning

This is one of two webinars as part of a series hosted by American Farmland Trust--Planning for Agriculture and Food:Taking a Systems Approach.

County and Community-based Planning, December 12
Presenters include David Shabadazian, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG); Katie Lynd, Multnomah County Office of Sustainability (Multnomah)); Jason Grimm, Iowa Corridor Food and Agriculture Coalition (ICFAC); and Kathy Creahan, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (King County).

FARMS Report: Future of Agriculture, Realizing Meaningful Solutions

The FARMS Report discusses the findings of the 2009 study on the future of agriculture in King County. The study’s principal focus was to determine what measures should be taken to ensure the continued success of the agricultural economy in King County and to make recommendations to reduce barriers and provide needed support. The report is intended to be used as guidance to King County and other
agencies for the next ten or more years to help realize a viable future for agriculture.

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