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Build In, Not Out

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference provide information about farmland protection programs at the state, regional and county levels that use planning and zoning to reduce farmland conversion and promote smart growth. Presenters will highlight approaches used within the context of comprehensive growth management as well as those that can be effective outside the policy framework.

Conservation in the Farm Bill

The presentation in this session of American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference examines the consolidation of and changes to conservation programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. How can these programs be even more effective in producing results on the land? Find out how the new law affects voluntary conservation programs like the Conseration Reserve Program (CRP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and learn about the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

From Planning to Policy, Partnerships and Public Investment

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference examine the growing national attention on resiliency, food security and health, and how local food, local economies, and food system planning is receiving more attention from planners, policymakers and the general public. Many units of government, from city to multi-state regions, and nonprofit organizations, including foundations, are undertaking foodshed assessments, feasibility studies and plans to envision a more sustainable food system.

Connecting Farmers and Nutrition Program Participants: innovations rom Michigan and Kentucky

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference discuss the exciting work being done In both rural and urban communities around the country to connect federal nutrition program participants directly with local farmers. These efforts boost farm sales, keep food dollars circulating in local economies and improve low-income consumers' access to healthful food.

Economic Importance of Agriculture to Local Economies

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference examine when food and agricultural markets contribute most to local economic development. This session combines the experiences of an innovative farm owner, local food coordinators in two cities with growing reputations for food culture and downtown renaissance, and academics who quantified economic impacts. Food and agriculture can inspire vibrancy and distinctiveness that enables existing businesses and attracts new ones across many industries.

The Land Connection

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. 

Connecting Strategies to Better Kentucky's Agricultural Economy and Rural Communities: 2013 - 2018

In February 2012, the Kentucky Ag Council (KAC) convened a Task Force representing a broad spectrum of Kentucky agricultural leaders to create an updated strategic plan for Kentucky Agriculture and its rural communities for the 2013-2018 timeframe. Throughout the year, Task Force members and committees developed the plan. Public Forums were held around the state to get additional input. The final plan was presented and formally adopted by the Task Force at the November 8, 2012 Kentucky Ag Summit.

Bringing Kentucky's Food and Farm Economy Home

! Exciting change is on the horizon in Kentucky – change that has tremendous potential to revitalize Kentucky’s rural and urban communities. This potential lies in creating LIFE (locally integrated food economies). LIFE has the power to enhance the state’s fiscal and cultural vitality by bringing fresh, nutritious food from local farms to Kentucky’s citizens and by generating opportunities for Kentucky farmers to prosper from their land. LIFE unites urban and rural citizens by creating innovative economic opportunities through a new dynamic of cooperation.

A Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning: Transforming Food Environments, Facilitating Healthy Eating

Food nourishes us, enriches our celebrations, and sustains life itself. Yet not everyone in the United States has equal access to healthy food. Some of us live in neighborhoods where grocery stores carry a greater variety of potato chips than vegetables, while some of us cannot afford vegetables even when they are available. This report shows how planners can play a significant role in shaping the food environment of communities and thereby facilitate healthy eating.

Building Louisville's Local Food Economy: Strategies for Increasing Kentucky Farm Income through Expanded Food Sales in Louisville

In September 2007, the Economic Development Department of Louisville Metro Government, in conjunction with local collaborators, retained the consultant team of Market Ventures, Inc. and Karp Resources (“MVI/KR”) to study the potential for increasing sales of locally grown and produced foods in Louisville. The premise of the study is that Louisville, as the state’s largest population center, has the potential to increase substantially the amount of food purchased from Kentucky farmers.

Cost of Community Services: Campbell County, Kentucky

The COCS study analyzes revenues and expenditures on a land use basis for fiscal year 2003–2004 (July 2003 through June 2004). 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/industrial and farmland properties. The study reviewed the county budget including general and special funds, the Campbell County Public School District and other services including the library, Cooperative Extension and health services.

Use of Funds From The Kentucky Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements Program

The Kentucky Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements (PACE) program was established by state legislation in 1994. Since the beginning of the program, over 15.5 million dollars have been spent to purchase the agricultural conservation easements of 78 farms totaling over 17,000 acres. An additional 19 agricultural conservation easements with over 3,000 acres have been donated to the PACE program.

Kentucky Agricultural Landowners Guide for Conservation and Profitability

Kentucky is famous for its rolling bluegrass hills, diversified farms and world-class horse industry. Its rich farming heritage provides beautiful landscapes for residents and tourists, protects wildlife and water quality, and is the foundation for community and tradition in the Bluegrass state. Agriculture also plays an important role in local economies. According to the 2002 Census of Agriculture, Kentucky’s 86,541 farms cover 13.8 million acres and produce more than $3 billion of agricultural goods and services.

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