MPC joins forces with McHenry County groups for workshop: "Protecting agricultural lands - food for thought; tools for action." - Metropolitan Planning Council

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MPC joins forces with McHenry County groups for workshop: "Protecting agricultural lands - food for thought; tools for action."

Farmland preservation hits home and hits hard in McHenry County as developers continue to widen their arc outward from Chicago. The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), in partnership with McHenry County College and McHenry County Regional Planning Commission, will convene a panel of experts to explore farmland protection strategies.

Farmland preservation hits home and hits hard in McHenry County as developers continue to widen their arc outward from Chicago.  The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), in partnership with McHenry County College and McHenry County Regional Planning Commission, will convene a panel of experts to explore farmland protection strategies.

The forum will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the McHenry County College Conference Center, and will feature the following topics and speakers:

  • Appreciation of Agricultural Land Use and the Agricultural Industry - Not Just Waiting for a Better Offer
    Paul Miller, DeKalb County Planning, will lay out the evening's overall theme: understanding agriculture as a viable and valuable land use in its own right, worth incorporating into a balanced land use plan. He will discuss the characteristics of agricultural lands and its benefits, fiscal, aesthetic and productive.
  • Large Tract Agriculture - Balancing Change and Tradition
    Large-scale, traditional farms are coping today with urban encroachment and the loss of agricultural infrastructure. Porter Martin, of Martin, Goodrich Associates in DeKalb County, will discuss these problems, concerns and consequences and how they relate to row crops, livestock and other traditional forms of agriculture.
  • Small Tract/Specialty Agriculture - Opportunity and Contribution
    Unusual crops, direct marketing and agritourism offer farmers ways to diversify their revenue sources and cut expenses. Lloyd Nichols, local specialty crop farmer, will offer his personal experience and address how such agricultural operations can co-exist with rapidly developing areas.
  • McHenry County Farmers Are Not Alone - a Sub-Regional Snapshot
    Farmers in McHenry, Boone, DeKalb, and Kendall Counties share many of the same issues. Brad Walker, American Farmland Trust, will discuss overall land use, identification and implementation of protection/preservation measures for agricultural lands, and the health of the agricultural industry in these counties.
  • Case Study: Boone County Preservation Efforts
    Kristine Ramsay-Schnor, Boone County Commissioner, will present information on Boone County efforts to preserve agricultural lands.

The workshop will be held at McHenry County College Conference Center, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL  60012 and will be moderated by MPC North Suburban Coordinator Linda Kellough.

To register, call McHenry Community College at 815/455-8588, course ID # NCC C33 001.  There is a $10 registration fee.

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