The Center for Farmland Policy Innovation, 2006-2012, was housed in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and was associated with the OSU Extension Services. The mission was to enable communities to achieve farmland protection policy priorities by partnering on innovative projects and providing needed programming. We work to spread local seeds of invention. Further, the center worked at the state and federal levels to further viable local agricultural environments.
Under the leadership of Jill Clark, now at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, advisory board chair, Mark Partridge, AEDE professor, and a 14 person advisory board, the Center funded ten community policy experiments and nine food-related economic development projects. These a range of activities, such as fostering local food policy councils, planning for a regional food hub, establishing community agricultural economic development priorities, pioneering new farm to school strategies, developing model zoning ordinances, healthy corner stores interventions, constructing a manure bartering market, and opening new markets for culturally-appropriate crops. The center has published 23 policy and project briefs, maintained a communications network on related issues, planned six Ohio Farmland Preservation Summits and a recent food policy council statewide meeting, and given dozens of talks and lectures. Staff served on several state and local boards and task forces, including the State of Ohio Food Policy Council and the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s advisory board for the Office of Farmland Preservation.
The Center for Farmland Policy Innovation was made possible through a grant from the USDA NIFA, award #2010-38923-20817.