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. The project
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.