Farm Bureau Delegates to Consider Cook County Farm Bureau Policy Submittal
Through a grassroots process, Farm Bureau members submitted the following resolutions to delegates at the 2020 Illinois Agricultural Association® annual meeting.
This new policy section lays out Farm Bureau’s support for urban agriculture. Policy points include:
- Recognizing the importance of urban agriculture and its contribution to the agricultural economy.
- Urban agriculture providing safe, attractive, and welcoming spaces for neighbors to gather and foster a sense of community.
- County Farm Bureaus working with units of government to develop agriculture-friendly zoning policies.
- Using land management tools such as land banks, land trusts, conservation easements, and long-term leases on public and private lands so urban agriculture can flourish.
- Advocating for new developments to include opportunities for agriculture, including rooftop and home gardens, community gardens, and urban farms, where appropriate.
- Community programs providing services including trash collection, composting, water, and storage opportunities to alleviate costs and barriers to entry.
- Ensuring that urban agricultural sites have access to affordable clean water sources.
- Diverting organic waste into compost.
- Using raised beds or hydroponics to address soil-quality concerns.
- Using season extension tools such as indoor facilities and high tunnels.
- The keeping of bees and beehives in urban settings providing that best management practices are followed.
- Urban agriculture sites gaining access to agricultural markets.
- Developing infrastructure to transport and store food for market.
- Providing job training and skills development to beginning farmers and garden managers.
The policy submittals will be considered by the full Illinois Farm Bureau® delegation in December.