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How Policy Can Affect Local Food

This section provides resources to learn how governmental and institutional policies can support and impact local food producers.

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Local Food Policy
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Policies That Support Local Food | Agricultural Taxation/Green Acres | Institutional Purchasing Policies

Policies That Support Local Foods

Minnesota Food Charter
Minnesota Department of Health
The Minnesota Food Charter is a roadmap designed to guide policymakers and community leaders in providing Minnesotans with equal access to affordable, safe, and healthy food regardless of where they live. It offers concrete ways to build prosperous communities through changes to policies and systems at all scales.

Food and Agriculture Related Policies and Practices to Benefit Limited Resource Farmers
Community Food Security Coalition
This report provides an overview of state and local policy approaches to support limited resource farmers as well as examples of existing local government and non-governmental programs.

Federal Produce Policy
This site monitors policies and programs that impact the produce industry and provides resources on federal produce matters.

Greening Our Garden: Public Policies to Support the New Agriculture
The National Agricultural Law Center — University of Arkansas School of Law
This resource provides a 1997 overview of a variety of public policies that can support "The New Agriculture," or a regional-based non-industrial agricultural alternative. Policy objectives include focusing on local food production as community and economic development, supporting programs that establish linkages between consumers and farmers, and more.

Agricultural Taxation/Green Acres

Does Use Value Taxation Hold the Potential to Lower Farmers’ Property Tax Bills?
Virginia Cooperative Extension
This article describes the concept of use-value taxation and discusses pros and cons from the farmers’ and jurisdictional point of view. It also discusses how “Use Value Taxation” or “Land Value Tax” regulations may lower farmers’ property tax levels.

Minnesota’s Green Acres Program: And Other Property Tax Preference Programs for Rural Lands
House Research Department — Minnesota House of Representatives
This fact sheet describes a Minnesota tax law that requires agricultural property to be taxed at less than its full market value, or only according to its agricultural potential, not by other potential uses for the property.

Farmers Feel Penalized by Green Acres Program
Minnesota Public Radio
This story describes farmers’ reactions to reform of the Green Acres program in Minnesota.

Environmental and Resource Economics
National Institute of Food and Agriculture — United States Department of Agriculture
This USDA site describes programs designed to preserve working agricultural landscapes, such as Differential Tax Assessment Programs that assess land based on their use value, rather than their fair market value.

Institutional Purchasing Policies

Institutional Food Purchasing: Michigan Good Food Work Group Report Series, Report 3
Michigan Good Food
This report outlines barriers to local purchasing practices and Michigan’s vision to change the purchasing practices and policies of its institutions.

Sustainable Food Purchasing Policy
Food Alliance
This site helps educational, health care and other institutional and commercial food buyers develop purchasing policies that support social and environmental responsibility in agriculture and the food industry. It also has links to organizational leaders in purchasing policy, including: IATP, Food Alliance, Healthcare Without Harm, and AASHE.

Policies
National Farm to School Network
This site provides a fact sheet about the Farm to School competitive grant and technical assistance program to increase the use of local food from small- to medium-sized farms in schools.

Farm to School South Dakota Rules
Dakota Rural Action
This site describes the fruit and vegetable rule exceptions in South Dakota’s Food Service Code.

Policies That Support Local Food | Agricultural Taxation/Green Acres | Institutional Purchasing Policies

Policies That Support Local Foods

Food and Agriculture Related Policies and Practices to Benefit Limited Resource Farmers
Community Food Security Coalition
This report provides an overview of state and local policy approaches to support limited resource farmers as well as examples of existing local government and non-governmental programs.

Federal Produce Policy
This site monitors policies and programs that impact the produce industry and provides resources on federal produce matters.

Greening Our Garden: Public Policies to Support the New Agriculture
The National Agricultural Law Center — University of Arkansas School of Law
This resource provides a 1997 overview of a variety of public policies that can support "The New Agriculture," or a regional-based non-industrial agricultural alternative. Policy objectives include focusing on local food production as community and economic development, supporting programs that establish linkages between consumers and farmers, and more.

Agricultural Taxation/Green Acres

Minnesota’s Green Acres Program: And Other Property Tax Preference Programs for Rural Lands
House Research Department — Minnesota House of Representatives
This fact sheet describes a Minnesota tax law that requires agricultural property to be taxed at less than its full market value, or only according to its agricultural potential, not by other potential uses for the property.

Farmers Feel Penalized by Green Acres Program
Minnesota Public Radio
This story describes farmers’ reactions to reform of the Green Acres program in Minnesota.

Environmental and Resource Economics
National Institute of Food and Agriculture — United States Department of Agriculture
This USDA site describes programs designed to preserve working agricultural landscapes, such as Differential Tax Assessment Programs that assess land based on their use value, rather than their fair market value.

Institutional Purchasing Policies

Institutional Food Purchasing: Michigan Good Food Work Group Report Series, Report 3
Michigan Good Food
This report outlines barriers to local purchasing practices and Michigan’s vision to change the purchasing practices and policies of its institutions.

Farm to School South Dakota Rules
Dakota Rural Action
This site describes the fruit and vegetable rule exceptions in South Dakota’s Food Service Code.

Policies That Support Local Food | Agricultural Taxation/Green Acres | Institutional Purchasing Policies

Policies That Support Local Foods

Food and Agriculture Related Policies and Practices to Benefit Limited Resource Farmers
Community Food Security Coalition
This report provides an overview of state and local policy approaches to support limited resource farmers as well as examples of existing local government and non-governmental programs.

Federal Produce Policy
This site monitors policies and programs that impact the produce industry and provides resources on federal produce matters.

Greening Our Garden: Public Policies to Support the New Agriculture
The National Agricultural Law Center — University of Arkansas School of Law
This resource provides a 1997 overview of a variety of public policies that can support "The New Agriculture," or a regional-based non-industrial agricultural alternative. Policy objectives include focusing on local food production as community and economic development, supporting programs that establish linkages between consumers and farmers, and more.

Agricultural Taxation/Green Acres

Does Use Value Taxation Hold the Potential to Lower Farmers’ Property Tax Bills?
Virginia Cooperative Extension
This article describes the concept of use-value taxation and discusses pros and cons from the farmers’ and jurisdictional point of view. It also discusses how “Use Value Taxation” or “Land Value Tax” regulations may lower farmers’ property tax levels.

Minnesota’s Green Acres Program: And Other Property Tax Preference Programs for Rural Lands
House Research Department — Minnesota House of Representatives
This fact sheet describes a Minnesota tax law that requires agricultural property to be taxed at less than its full market value, or only according to its agricultural potential, not by other potential uses for the property.

Farmers Feel Penalized by Green Acres Program
Minnesota Public Radio
This story describes farmers’ reactions to reform of the Green Acres program in Minnesota.

Environmental and Resource Economics
National Institute of Food and Agriculture — United States Department of Agriculture
This USDA site describes programs designed to preserve working agricultural landscapes, such as Differential Tax Assessment Programs that assess land based on their use value, rather than their fair market value.

Institutional Purchasing Policies

Institutional Food Purchasing: Michigan Good Food Work Group Report Series, Report 3
Michigan Good Food
This report outlines barriers to local purchasing practices and Michigan’s vision to change the purchasing practices and policies of its institutions.

Sustainable Food Purchasing Policy
Food Alliance
This site helps educational, health care and other institutional and commercial food buyers develop purchasing policies that support social and environmental responsibility in agriculture and the food industry. It also has links to organizational leaders in purchasing policy, including: IATP, Food Alliance, Healthcare Without Harm, and AASHE.

Policies
National Farm to School Network
This site provides a fact sheet about the Farm to School competitive grant and technical assistance program to increase the use of local food from small- to medium-sized farms in schools.

Farm to School South Dakota Rules
Dakota Rural Action
This site describes the fruit and vegetable rule exceptions in South Dakota’s Food Service Code.

Policies That Support Local Food | Agricultural Taxation/Green Acres | Institutional Purchasing Policies

Policies That Support Local Foods

Food and Agriculture Related Policies and Practices to Benefit Limited Resource Farmers
Community Food Security Coalition
This report provides an overview of state and local policy approaches to support limited resource farmers as well as examples of existing local government and non-governmental programs.

Federal Produce Policy
This site monitors policies and programs that impact the produce industry and provides resources on federal produce matters.

Greening Our Garden: Public Policies to Support the New Agriculture
The National Agricultural Law Center — University of Arkansas School of Law
This resource provides a 1997 overview of a variety of public policies that can support "The New Agriculture," or a regional-based non-industrial agricultural alternative. Policy objectives include focusing on local food production as community and economic development, supporting programs that establish linkages between consumers and farmers, and more.

Agricultural Taxation/Green Acres

Does Use Value Taxation Hold the Potential to Lower Farmers’ Property Tax Bills?
Virginia Cooperative Extension
This article describes the concept of use-value taxation and discusses pros and cons from the farmers’ and jurisdictional point of view. It also discusses how “Use Value Taxation” or “Land Value Tax” regulations may lower farmers’ property tax levels.

Minnesota’s Green Acres Program: And Other Property Tax Preference Programs for Rural Lands
House Research Department — Minnesota House of Representatives
This fact sheet describes a Minnesota tax law that requires agricultural property to be taxed at less than its full market value, or only according to its agricultural potential, not by other potential uses for the property.

Farmers Feel Penalized by Green Acres Program
Minnesota Public Radio
This story describes farmers’ reactions to reform of the Green Acres program in Minnesota.

Environmental and Resource Economics
National Institute of Food and Agriculture — United States Department of Agriculture
This USDA site describes programs designed to preserve working agricultural landscapes, such as Differential Tax Assessment Programs that assess land based on their use value, rather than their fair market value.

Institutional Purchasing Policies

Institutional Food Purchasing: Michigan Good Food Work Group Report Series, Report 3
Michigan Good Food
This report outlines barriers to local purchasing practices and Michigan’s vision to change the purchasing practices and policies of its institutions.

Sustainable Food Purchasing Policy
Food Alliance
This site helps educational, health care and other institutional and commercial food buyers develop purchasing policies that support social and environmental responsibility in agriculture and the food industry. It also has links to organizational leaders in purchasing policy, including: IATP, Food Alliance, Healthcare Without Harm, and AASHE.

Policies
National Farm to School Network
This site provides a fact sheet about the Farm to School competitive grant and technical assistance program to increase the use of local food from small- to medium-sized farms in schools.

Farm to School South Dakota Rules
Dakota Rural Action
This site describes the fruit and vegetable rule exceptions in South Dakota’s Food Service Code.

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