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MC Ag Project

The Missoula County Commissioners wish to develop an agriculture policy for Missoula County due to the loss of agricultural land and the importance of agriculture to our local economy and culture.

County Commissioners across the state have been assigned the responsibility under the Montana Constitution to protect, enhance and develop agriculture. They are further obligated by the Montana Subdivision and Platting Act to mitigate the impacts of subdivision development on agriculture. However, the Missoula Commissioners also recognize that some methods for mitigating further loss of agricultural lands might adversely affect agricultural operators and their land.

Consequently, the Missoula County Commissioners are looking to adopt an agriculture policy that provides a balanced approach and addresses local agriculture issues such as loss of agricultural land, loss of access to agricultural lands, and difficulties with making a profit in agriculture.


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Background Documents

These four reports were prepared by various entities and are provided with their permission. For additional information, please contact the authors.
  • "Losing Ground" Community Food and Agriculture Coalition Report, April 2010 (1.57 MB)

Past Events

January 8, 2013: Missoula Consolidated Planning Board Meeting
At the January 8, 2013 meeting, Planning Board received a presentation from Wally Congdon on the benefits of a Right to Farm and Ranch ordinance.
December 4, 2012: Missoula Consolidated Planning Board Meeting
At the December 4, 2012 meeting, Planning Board reviewed and approved concepts related to amendments of the subdivision regulations.
October 16, 2012: Missoula Consolidated Planning Board Meeting
The October meeting was a review of comments received from the August meeting along with the review and approval of packaged options for the Board of County Commissioners to consider for an agriculture policy.
August 22, 2012: Missoula Consolidated Planning Board Meeting
The August meeting was an informational meeting where Planning Board heard presentations on the four locally generated reports.
Presentations from the August 22nd Planning Board Meeting:
OLC MOR/MBIA Land Use Law Clinic CFAC

As these policy discussions occur, this webpage is a location where information about the development of an agriculture policy will be posted including documents, events and meetings, etc.

 

UPDATED March 15, 2013


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