POLICY DATABASE
Woodbury County, IA., Organics Conversion Policy Resolution (June 28, 2005)
Brief Summary
County established a policy to provide an annual $50,000 real property tax rebate for farmers who convert from conventional farming methods using pesticides to organic farming methods for up to five years. Farmer must follow the USDA’s “National Organic Program" and become certified organic by the end of year three.
Legal Strategies
Creates an incentive for a change.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Limited scope. It creates eligibility for a tax rebate and has a voluntary component.
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Iowa
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Woodbury
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Preamble refers to a purpose of promoting public health and safety of citizens and communities in the county.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Policy provides an incentive for farmers to convert to organic farming methods.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Preamble states that the policy is intended "to increase per capita income, provide incentives for job creation, [and] attract economic investment.".
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Preamble states: "It is the policy of Woodbury County to promote the economic vitality, and public health and safety of its rural communities. The 'Organics Conversion Policy' is intended to increase per capita income, provide incentives for job creation, attract economic investment, and promote the health and safety of its citizens and communities." (Page 1).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Provides steps to implement application process and development of Organics Board, as well as appeals process. (§ 2.0).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Participants will be liable for benefits received, plus legal rates of interest from the date of conversion if the violate USDA requirements (sec. 1.6).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Uncodified resolution: Woodbury County Policy for Rural Economic Revitalization "Organics Conversion Policy.".