Coordinated Rural Opportunities Plan (CROP) Project

Post Renée DeVere-Oki

Agriculture has deep roots in our region’s history and future as we have some of the most productive farmland in the world. In our region, agriculture is a $2 billion industry. Much like urban areas, rural economic viability is fundamentally derived from land use decisions and investments in supportive infrastructure. Our region has demonstrated a commitment to agricultural preservation and investment at the local level. SACOG has identified the need to create a regional view of the economic and infrastructure (land, transportation, water, broadband) investment challenges and solutions that will affect agriculture over the coming decades

The Coordinated Rural Opportunities Plan— or ”CROP”— project will create a regional strategy for supporting agricultural lands rooted in the local planning and expertise existing in rural and agricultural communities throughout the region.

To create this regional strategy, this project will focus on three areas:  

(1) inventory all of SACOG’s previous RUCS research related to agriculture along with all of the agricultural plans, strategies, and programs throughout the six-county region and distill that information to understand the challenges facing agriculture today and the current strategies to address them,  

(2) identify general themes and geographies where existing strategies are not working as planned or where no strategies have been identified,  

(3) create a framework for implementation that identifies and coordinates the unique infrastructure investments that are needed to support the continued viability of agriculture in our region.  

 

Continue checking back here for updates on the project and opportunities to contribute to the plan.