Food Systems Council

The Linn County Food Systems Council (LCFSC) was created on March 28, 2012 by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. The Planning & Development Department, in partnership with Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, provides financial and staff support to the Council. 


Bringing together agriculture, food industry, educators, economic development, conservation and hunger representatives into one council to guide and advise the County on necessary policies and programs that will make Linn County’s food system economically, environmentally, and socially resilient.

The Council identified the following five goals to guide their operations and help them achieve their mission:

  • Achieve a sufficient and balanced local food production and market;
  • Eliminate food insecurity and ensure access to healthy foods;
  • Promote education and literacy regarding food choices;
  • Ensure the safety and security of our food supply; and
  • Protect important environmental resources that contribute to food production and healthful lifestyles.
In addition to creating policy plan recommendations for review by the Board of Supervisors, the Council will hold two public forums every year for the community in order to bring food and agriculture issues to the community’s attention.