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FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 68

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 9, TITLE 3 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS PRESERVATION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend §904. Title 3 of the Delaware Code by striking said section In its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof a new §904 to read as follows:

"§904. Duties and Responsibilities

(a) The Department of Agriculture shall carry out the policies set forth in this Chapter.

(b) The Department of Agriculture shall identify and map those farmlands which, because of their soil type, current or potential productivity, ownership or location, arc of concern to preservation and shall routinely collect, analyze and report on the extent, location and causes of farmland loss.

(c) The Department of Agriculture shall review the data collected and recommend techniques to maintain agriculture as an important and viable economic activity in Delaware. The Department of Agriculture shall assist other public agencies In the development of facility plants and programs in order to minimize adverse Impacts on agriculture in accordance with the State policies.

(d) AU other state departments and agencies shall. to the maximum extent permissible under state law, cooperate with the Department of Agriculture in carrying out the state policies on the maintenance and preservation of agricultural activities.

(e) The Department of Agriculture shall encourage the active participation of agricultural and other interests, county and local governments, and the general public in activities which will be supportive of these state policies."

Approved June 27. 1986.