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Published under: Farmland Preservation
Preserving Minnesota’s Agricultural Land: Proposed Policy Solutions
June 30, 2012

The report, funded in large part by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, includes:

  • A summary of trends in the conversion of Minnesota’s farmland to other uses.
  • Review and analysis of existing state laws regarding land use and farmland preservation and the laws’ strengths and weaknesses.
  • Data illustrating how widely the programs are used and their fiscal impact on the state.
  • An overview of land use planning tools commonly used to preserve farmland.
  • A look at farmland preservation policies and tools used in other states, and how those models might be useful for Minnesota.
  • Recommendations for streamlining and strengthening current programs.
  • Recommendations of tools that can be used to establish a cohesive state framework for preserving farmland, while still allowing local communities to ensure the programs make sense for them.

* Citations located in the downloadable document