County and the U.S.D.A. through its federal farmland protection program have
invested over $32.6 million dollars in Kane County to permanently protect its
rich farmland in agricultural conservation easements. Since 2001, Kane County has invested over $19.9 million dollars in Riverboat funds matched by more than
$12.6 in federal funds from the Federal Farmland Protection Program.
family-owned and operated farms (4,927 acres) have been permanently protected
through this voluntary program since 2001.
This award winning program has a waiting list of farms totally 1,500
acres waiting to be protected.
Kane County was Illinois’ first county to:
farms by ordinance from nuisance lawsuits, 1991
a stormwater ordinance to protect farmland, 2000
a Farmland Protection Program, 2001
farmers in maintaining productive soils with a
farmland drainage assistance program, 2003
In 2012, Kane County received a grant from the Pew Charitable
Trust to conduct a Health Impact Assessment of the Farmland Protection Program
to determine the health benefits to residents by increasing the amount of local
food production in the County. Kane
County Farm Bureau is a partner in this prestigious and highly competitive
grant. Using national economic and
agricultural experts – Kane County will learn how best to expand its
agricultural economy to create more jobs and more fresh food.
Kane County has
received awards and recognition from national and state level – American
Planning Association and the Trust for Public Land and has been featured
prominently in national, regional and local publications.
For further information, please call 630-232-3483.