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Testimony before the Congress of the United States Joint Economic Committee.
This ordinance establishes the Skagit County, Washington Conservation Futures Property Tax Fund to help fund the purchase of agricultural conservation easements program.
July 6, 2004, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle signed SB 2246, prohibiting private deed restrictions or easements from restricting agricultural uses on state-classified agricultural land. Hawaiian...
Each year, billions of dollars of public funds are expended to purchase conservation easements on farmland. One unintended impact of these programs is that they may bring non-cropland into crop...
On May 2, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) released the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The Census of Agriculture (COA) is the most...
What is the impact on local property taxes when someone permanently conserves their land? Do taxes increase, decrease, or stay the same? Does it matter if the land is conserved by a conservation...
This Vermont law requires suitable mitigation for the conversion of primary agricultural soils in the state. The specific mitigation required depends on where the project tract is located.
State and local farmland preservation programs have existed throughout the United States since the late 1970s to slow the conversion of agricultural lands to other uses. These programs take two basic...
Agricultural district programs allow farmers to form special areas where commercial agriculture is encouraged and protected. Programs are authorized by state legislatures and implemented at the local...
Farmers often say that the best way to protect farmland is to ensure that farming is profitable. Many farmland protection programs are designed to prevent development of productive land. Protecting...
Agricultural protection zoning refers to county and municipal zoning ordinances that support and protect farming by stabilizing the agricultural land base. APZ designates areas where farming is the...
South Carolinians take great pride in their land. Hiking in the forest, fishing in the creek, canoeing on the river, hunting in the swamp, swimming in the ocean, or eating fresh vegetables from...
Regenerative organic agriculture for soil-carbon sequestration is tried and true: Humans have long farmed in that fashion, and there is nothing experimental about it. What is new is the scientific...
The report assesses the easement stewardship practices of large, staffed land trusts in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont as well as the practices of all-volunteer land trusts and public agencies. In...

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