The following Policy Briefs synthesize research and knowledge on policy and practice issues of importance to food councils in the Carolinas. They bring together information, research and evidence related to food and agricultural issues. The companion Advocacy Tools provide tips and talking points for food councils, community groups and individuals who may want to advocate for adoption of specific policies or practices.
Agricultural Development and Farm Preservation Trust Funds
Traditional financing for conservation efforts, food and farming entrepreneurs, local supply chain and community food system projects is limited, and many federal grant programs require matching funds. Funds to buy conservation easements, for projects that improve local and regional food systems and infrastructure, and financing to support agricultural and food businesses are all badly needed at the local level. An Agricultural Development and Farm Preservation Trust Fund is one policy tool that counties can use to raise money for these types of projects.