Thank you to all who attended a public meeting last month for the County-wide Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan update! There were 86 participants in total, in addition to the 16 steering committee members who attended. About 60% of the attendees were farmers, while 27 attendees (about 40%) identified themselves as owners of an agriculture-related business. Click here for attendance statistics.
Each meeting started out with a brief introductory powerpoint presentation about the impact of agriculture on our local economy and current trends in agriculture. Then, attendees formed discussion groups of 10-15 people, facilitated by a steering committee member, county planning staff member, or volunteer. The discussion groups focused on four questions for fifteen minutes each, breaking in between to report back to the room on what they had discussed. The four discussion questions were:
1. What should our county’s agriculture look like in the next 20 years?
2. What needs and challenges do our farms and agricultural businesses face?
3. What strengths and opportunities will sustain and grow our agricultural economy?
4. How can we ensure farmland is protected for future farmers?
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