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:
* Citations located in the downloadable document
- 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.