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Does Your City Need Urban Agriculture Zones?

Touch the Soil News #1188 (Feature photo – Chicago Urban Farm – CCA 2.0 Generic) The Illinois legislature just past special legislation that allows cities and counties to establish urban agriculture zones (UAZ). Once a zone is established, special considerations can be given to urban farmers such as reduced water rates, tax concessions and lower utility fees. You can access details about the legislation here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3418&GAID=14&GA=100&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=105190&SessionID=91   The Illinois law was passed in large part due to the desire to break up food deserts (areas where there is insufficient access to fresh and healthy food). You can read the full story here: https://news.wttw.com/2018/11/29/illinois-lawmakers-override-rauner-enact-urban-agriculture-law Want More? – Sign up below Special…

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Getting Farming into the City

Touch the Soil News #880 (Feature photo Great Seal of Long Beach, California) While an industrial farm may manage tens of thousands of acres, the number of potential young farmers that can leverage into an operation of this size is virtually non-existent. The farming revolution of today is how new farmers are starting – in the city. This trend is supported by changes in tax laws that provide incentives to put urban land into agricultural production. Long Beach, California – a city of almost 500,000 – just passed an agricultural land tax ordinance to promote getting land into agricultural production. Essentially, the idea is to give landowners a tax break…

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