Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning, and Farm Preservation through Diversification

September 9, 2019

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

North Central Michigan College
Library Conference Room
1515 Howard St, Petoskey, MI 49770

Faced with serious economic challenges, local farmers are looking for alternative ways to generate income. In response, local planning and zoning officials are seeking regulations that both serve the public good and support these new revenue-generating activities.

Officials, farmers, and interested residents are invited to learn about regulations and policy “best practices” related to some of the most popular "farm diversification" strategies, including:

Agritourism, value-added opportunities, and conservation easments.

The program will address:

  • Why farms are looking to diversify their operations
  • The unique perspective of local township officials
  • The scope of farmer protection under the Right to Farm Act
  • Local ordinance language and recommendations
  • Examples from the field
  • Facilitated discussion

The cost to attend the program is $20 and includes materials and refreshments.

The program is sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau and the USDA Risk Management Agency. Local Partners include The Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan, Little Traverse Conservancy and the Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet County Farm Bureaus. 


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Wendy Wieland at or by calling MSUE Emmet County at 231- 348-1770