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Farmland Preservation in Minnesota

Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG), is a 24-year-old nonprofit law center that has helped many thousands of independent family farmers succeed in their struggle to maintain their livelihoods and stay on the land. FLAG believes it is important to develop statewide policies that will preserve agricultural lands throughout the State. Currently, laws affecting farmland preservation are a patchwork of local, county, and state laws. This project proposes a model legal framework to create a consistent, effective plan to protect the natural resource that is our agricultural lands. Colin Cureton, a Public Policy graduate student in the Humphrey School, compiled research and reviewed primary documents regarding selected Minnesota counties on transfers of land from agricultural to non-agricultural use. This project will be used to assist the state in devising a broader strategy to preserve rapidly diminishing farmland, particularly on the urban fringe.

Project Award Date: 
2010-08-30
Community organization or agency: 
FLAG
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Neeraj Mehta (612) 624-8988