Do you support farming in Clark County?
Let the Clark County Council hear from you!
The Clark County Council is holding their annual planning retreat February 16th. Let them know you feel farming is a priority they should be planning for. Show your support for the “Conserve Long-term Commercially Viable Farms in Clark County – 2017 Winter Request”.
Conserve Long-term Commercially Viable Farms in Clark County – 2017 Winter Requests:
Dedicate a Council Work Session to review the 2008 Agriculture Preservation Strategies Report, to identify success stories from its recommendations and identify opportunities for implementation. The Clark County Food System Council can put together a panel of local and regional experts for this work session.
Appoint an Agricultural Commission to work with citizens, agricultural producers and public officials to conserve and support long-term economically viable farms in Clark County (Recommended in 2008 Agriculture Preservation Strategies Report).
The 2008 Agriculture Preservation Strategies Report was developed by the Board of Clark County Commissioners to recommend the most effective short- and long-term actions to protect the opportunity to pursue and enhance commercial and non-commercial agriculture in the county. The 2012 County Council shelved the Agriculture Preservation Strategies Report and choose to let a small group of large landowners guide development of the rural areas of Clark County.
What can I do?
1. Offer comment at the next two County Council meetings in support of “Conserve Long-term Commercially Viable Farms in Clark County – 2017 Winter Request”. 2/7 6pm or 2/14 10am.
2. Have your farm, business, or organization sign the “Conserving long-term commercially viable farms in Clark County – 2017 Winter Request”
3. Email comment advocating the County Council support the “Conserve Long-term Commercially Viable Farms in Clark County – 2017 Winter Request”
Why support FARMS?
Clark County farms support the local economy
· Local farms employ more than 4,000 people. Preserving agriculture land provides economic opportunity for new farmers and allows for existing farms to expand, keeping these jobs local.
· Supporting local farms keeps our money circulating locally.
· Locally produced food travels shorter distances, reducing transportation costs and carbon footprint while maintaining food quality.
· Privately-owned and managed agriculture land generates more local tax revenues than it costs in services.
Local food is healthy for people and for land
· Good farming practices can help preserve clean water and healthy soil.
· Encouraging the production, distribution, and procurement of food from local farms increases the availability to and consumption of locally produced foods for our community.
· Maintaining the potential to grow more of our own food helps make us resilient in the event of major emergencies.
· Local food has a lower risk of causing food-borne illnesses because it spends less time in transit, doesn’t change hands as often and is more apt to be processed in small batches.
The rural character of farm land enhances the quality of life
· A high quality of life is attractive to employers wanting to locate in Clark County.
· Agricultural land provides habitat for wildlife and allows natural water filtration.
· Food grown closer to consumers uses less fossil fuels which contribute to pollution, greenhouse gases and emissions, extreme heat days, flooding, drought, deteriorating air quality, and other impacts to human health.
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