Emmet County Master Plan
Chapter 2.4 of the Emmet County Master Plan establishes several objectives related to agriculture that include support for agri-based tourism, land preservation, value-added products, diversification of agriculture, and environmentally sound practices. The plan outlines different strategies to meet these objectives, such updating the zoning ordinance to promote direct-to-consumer markets and using land use regulation tools for agricultural preservation.
Direct-to-consumer marketing channels, such as roadside stands and farmers’ markets, may provide economic opportunities for producers and promote greater access to locally grown foods (Low et al. 2012). In addition to supporting farmland preservation, the Emmet County Master Plan prioritizes policy changes that will allow for roadside stands and other opportunities to sell value-added products.
Priority 7 – Farmland preservation & viability
Low, S.A., Adalja, A., Beaulieu, E., Key, N., Martinez, S., Melton, A., Perez, A., Ralston, K., Stewart, H., Suttles, S., Vogel, S., & Jablonski, B.B.R. (January 2015). Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems, AP-068, Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. Administrative Publication 068.