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A Healthy Community Food System Plan is just one of several reports prepared by Region of Waterloo Public Health as part of the implementation of the Regional Growth Management Strategy. This report...
This special report, See the Local Difference, provides a tour of the emerging good food system in Michigan: How it is taking shape, what it contributes, and how local and state leaders can pitch in...
General plans can be tools to help guide development, and the general planning process can be an effective forum in which local governments can facilitate this new partnership. Still, these are only...
ERS examines U.S. farmland ownership and tenure, how land is acquired and transferred, the characteristics of land rental agreements, and landlord involvement in rented farmland operations.
This is an illustrated guidebook for farmers looking to secure credit from USDA. The book helps farmers navigate the ins and outs of the loan process with a light touch and includes: the story of...
Whether your town's issue is industrial decline or population growth, the second edition of this book offers useful advice on how to cope. The practical tools described in this popular guide are...
This map highlights areas of Prime and Important Farmland Soils in Lebanon, Connecticut.
In this brief, we use Ecological Footprint analysis to document the current food system's demand on the biosphere. Ecological Footprint accounts track the area of biologically productive land and...
In the past year, rising fuel and food prices coupled with increased concerns about environmental impacts and safety of our food supply have prompted a number of actions by U.S. consumers regarding...
This report shows how the state of Illinois can facilitate development of a local food system that complements the existing global farm and food system. It reflects the work of the 32-member Illinois...
Cultivating local farm and food businesses while fostering healthy lifestyles, based on fresh local foods and adequate exercise, would create thousands of new jobs and reduce health care costs in the...
In recent years interest has grown in Smart Growth as a mechanism for improving environmental quality. In Our Built and Natural Environments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) summarizes...
This article evaluates the adoption, implementation, and performance of Priority Funding Areas in Maryland in order to provide planners and policymakers with insights into their efficacy as...
A series of coordinated case studies compares the structure, size, and performance of local food supply chains with those of mainstream supply chains. Interviews and site visits with farms and...
This chapter is part of the Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit, a report which provides a toolkit of standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security....
Promotes the sale of farm products grown in the State to Maryland schools in consultation with the State Department of Education and encourages farmers to sell their farm products to Maryland schools...
This Farmers' Market Promotion Program makes grants to eligible entities for projects to establish, expand, and promote farmers' markets
This brief reviews two options that come under the category of direct government involvement. Within this category, the type of involvement can vary from legislation mandating certain performance to...
Total farm business operating expenditures amounted to more than $187 billion in 2008. A recent ERS-supported study found that about half of all farm input and equipment expenditures were made...

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