Recommended Policy 

2021: American Rescue Plan Act

Funding recommendations resulted in $200,000 allocated to local foods initiatives

2020: Johnson County Unified Development Ordinance

Creation of an "Agritourism Zoning District" and Agriculture Exemption for farms under 40 acres 

2020: Small-scale, Custom Meat Processing on Farms

Process up to 50 animal units annually on farm

2018: Johnson County Comprehensive Plan

Developed local food and agriculture goals for the Johnson County Comprehensive Plan 

2018: Seasonal Agricultural Events

Annual permit to expand agritourism activities for up to 120 days

2015: Poultry Processing on Farms

Process up to 999 birds annually on farm

2013: Permitted Limited Food Processing on Farms

Allows farmers to process their own crops on farm to value-add

Additional Recommendations

2019 JCFPC Unified Development Ordinance Recommendations

2018 JCFPC Comprehensive Plan Recommendations

2018 JCFPC Agritourism Recommendations

2017 JCFPC Policy Recommendations

2016 JCFPC Policy Recommendations

2015 JCFPC Policy Recommendations

2014 JCFPC Policy Recommendations

2013 JCFPC Policy Recommendations


Supported Funding 

2018: Field to Family Food Hub

Aggregates locally grown produce and distributes to institutions

2016: Johnson County Historic Poor Farm Plan

The "New Century Farm" plan concept was chosen by the Board of Supervisors

2015: Iowa Kitchen Connect, Iowa Valley RC&D

Online resource for chefs to locate commercial kitchen space

2015: Local Foods Coordinator Staff Position

Expands capacity for local food system economic development

2014: Local Food Label Marketing Study

UI Tippie College of Business conducted study for Field to Family, Grown Here/Made Here label

2012: Food Policy Council

Annual funding for annual public forums and informational materials