40A.01 State agricultural land preservation policy.
Subdivision 1. Goals. The goals of this chapter are to:
(1) preserve and conserve agricultural land, including forest land, for long-term agricultural use in order to protect the productive natural resources of the state, maintain the farm and farm-related economy of the state, and assure continued production of food and timber and agricultural uses;
(2) preserve and conserve soil and water resources; and
(3) encourage the orderly development of rural and urban land uses.
Subd. 2. Methods. The goals contained in subdivision 1 will be best met by combining state policies and guidelines with local implementation and enforcement procedures and private incentives.