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Working Groups: Farmland Access (Task Force)

Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules

Agricultural planning modules that provide guidance and resources on new issues like food system planning, agripreneurism, and composting, while giving detailed guidance on historically important issues such as farmland conservation, farmland and taxes, and land use regulations. These topics are covered in 5 short easily digestible modules that can be read as a series or quickly referenced individually.

Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules Module 2: Agricultural Land Conservation

A planning guide to agricultural land conservation that covers partners, tools and techniques, and resources.

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Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules Module 3: Farmland and Property Taxes

This module explains how farmland is taxed, and what would happen in both the short and long term if farmland protection tools available to communities were utilized.

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Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules Module 4: Local Regulatory Context

An overview of how local regulations can promote diversified enterprises on farms that can help bolster farm viability, keep land open and in production, and maintain or enhance a community's sense of place.

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Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules Module 5: State Regulations

An overview of the intersection between agricultural land use planning and Vermont's Right to Farm Law and Act 250.

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A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture: Ideas to Seed a Conversation and a Call to Action

"A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture” is an attempt to capture an assessment that emerged from several conversations amongst a small group of organizations grappling with how to respond to ongoing negative trends in Vermont agriculture. The hope for this report is that it will serve as a launching point for any number of conversations across the state. In summary, the analysis of the report is that a variety of factors are combining that threaten Vermont’s economy, community, and culture. We see existing activities (e.g., land conservation easements and technical assistance) as highly valuable, but not sufficient to fully address anticipated trends. Therefore, we believe new approaches must be identified, evaluated, and implemented, in addition to sufficiently investing in existing high-impact approaches. We invite feedback on how to undertake such a process, and how to fund, administer, and coordinate implementation across our networks.

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