Promote and assist in developing land preservation programs (e.g. Agricultural and Forestal Districts, Conservation Easements, Land Use Assessment Taxation, Purchase of Development Rights).
Coordinate with the Bedford County School System to increase agricultural awareness and promote participation in agriculture programs.
Develop educational brochures that educate the non-farm public on agricultural issues.
Coordinate a focus group of agricultural lenders to study the economic viability of agricultural enterprises and the issue of generational transfer
Utilize an agriculture development advisory committee to achieve the mission and goal of the Bedford County Agriculture Development Program.
Work cooperatively to support the rural development efforts of other departments (Economic Development, Tourism, Community Development, Cooperative Extension, etc.).
Assist County Government with legislative issues and lobbying efforts that affect agricultural vitality.
Dedicate space on the County website to include the following:
- Agriculture Statistics in Bedford
- Farmland Exchange (land for rent, looking to rent, custom services, etc)
- Farm Product Guide
- Links to county farm websites
- Farmers Market information
Apply to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to have an Agriculture Enterprise District designated for Bedford.