State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  Agricultural  lands  of  the  State  contribute
 3    substantially to the State, national, and world food supplies
 4    and are a vital part of the State's economy; and

 5        WHEREAS, It is the  policy  of  the  State  to  conserve,
 6    protect, and encourage the development and improvement of its
 7    agricultural  land  for  the  production  of food, fiber, and
 8    other agricultural products; and

 9        WHEREAS, It is in the public interest  to  encourage  the
10    preservation  of  farm land, forest land, and open space land
11    in order to maintain a readily available source of  food  and
12    farm products close to the urban areas of the State; and

13        WHEREAS,  It  is  in  the  public interest to prevent the
14    forced conversion of farm land, forest land, and  open  space
15    land  to  more  intensive  uses  as  the  result  of economic
16    pressures caused by the assessment of that land for  purposes
17    of   property   taxation  at  values  incompatible  with  its
18    preservation as farm land, forest land, or open  space  land;
19    and

20        WHEREAS,  Funding  may be necessary to better address the
21    needs of conserving agricultural land near urban areas; and

22        WHEREAS, Long-term private  stewardship  of  agricultural
23    lands  can  be  encouraged  by  offering landowners financial
24    incentives; and

25        WHEREAS, Local land planning for  orderly  and  efficient
26    urban  growth and conservation of agricultural land should be
27    encouraged; therefore, be it

29    ASSEMBLY  OF  THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we join California,
30    Colorado,   Connecticut,   Delaware,    Florida,    Kentucky,
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 1    Massachusetts,  Maine,  Michigan,  New Hampshire, New Jersey,
 2    North  Carolina,  New  York,  Pennsylvania,   Rhode   Island,
 3    Virginia,   Washington,   and   Wisconsin  in  affirming  the
 4    importance of farmland protection.

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