Rural agriculture

  • Set metrics-based goals to protect farmland, including land that produces locally-sold agricultural products and a diversity of agricultural products.
  • Adopt ordinances, zoning updates, or other mechanisms to support farmland preservation and food production from future development.
  • Review land use regulations and eliminate or reduce policies that restrict food production.

  • Create or find existing maps that document prime farmland, unique farmland, and farmland of local importance. This information can be used in future planning decisions. Work with your local soil and water conservation district or your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office for additional information on agricultural land, silvicultural land, and mapping.

Source Documents

These strategies are adapted from existing federal and other resources. Please view these strategies in the context provided by the primary source document: