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Farmland Protection

With area farmers producing more than $506 million in products annually (2017 Ag Census), Ottawa County is an agricultural powerhouse. Ottawa is also the fastest growing county in the state and has a low unemployment rate. But this positive growth comes at a cost to agriculture: between 2012 and 2017, Ottawa County lost 8% of its farmed acreage and 17% of its farms. Ottawa County’s Farmland Preservation Program seeks to protect this vital industry.

Farmland Protection Strategy

Focus on Agriculture document

In early 2019, Ottawa County surveyed agricultural land owners to learn how we can best support our agriculture industry, making it more economically robust and protected for future generations. The result of this survey, the Farmland Preservation Survey Results and Recommendations document, was used to develop the Ottawa County’s Focus on Agriculture economic development plan.

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Interact with our Protected Farms map

Interact with our Protected Farms map

MiFarmLink Project

In 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the County $44,885 to build up its local support system for new and prospective farmers. The result was the MiFarmLink Project. This joint public-private initiative is connecting those looking to get started in the business of ag with the resources and skills they need to be successful.

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Purchase of Development Rights Program

Ottawa County Farms

A voluntary program that permanently protects farmland by acquiring the development rights in exchange for a cash payment.

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News & Events

Farms Are the Tapas

Farms are the Tapas 2021 - Thursday, September 30

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Terra Square, Hudsonville & Online

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Cultivating Connections

Cultivating Connections - Mi FarmLink Project

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Holland Fish and Game Club

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