Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Yankees Are Leading the Way

On behalf of a good cause this time.  Rhode Island is making it easier for farmers to acquire good land of their own, though the so-called ‘conservatives’ in the State (who would be supporting agrarianism if they really were conservatives) are trying to obstruct the measure (woe betide those who stand between giant corporations and their profits):

Farming is a growing industry in Rhode Island, with many new farmers starting small businesses. But when they don’t come from farming families, finding land can be a challenge, especially in a state with the most expensive farmland in the country. To help new farmers purchase land, state officials have set up a new land access program as part of a longstanding effort to acquire and preserve green space. Now that program has come under attack by a conservative movement. 

The Department of Environmental Management is still hashing out the details of their new land access program, funded by $3 million from the Clean Water, Open Space and Healthy Communities bond that voters overwhelmingly approved in 2014.

It's a new offering under the department's land acquisition program, which has been around for more than 30 years, protecting more than 100 farms from development to date.

The gist of the new program is this: buy farmland at fair market value, and then resell it to other farmers at a more affordable price to keep farmland from being developed.

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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