FIC Fact Sheets and Technical Memos

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A conservation easement is a deed restriction landowners voluntarily place on their property to protect resources such as productive agricultural land, ground and surface water, wildlife habitat,...
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...
The Census of Agriculture is the most comprehensive source of data portraying our nation’s agriculture over time. The census is conducted every five years by the United States Department of...
Cost of Community Services (COCS) studies are a case study approach used to determine the fiscal contribution of existing local land uses. A subset of the much larger field of fiscal analysis, COCS...
Tax incentives are widely used to maintain the economic viability of farming. All states have at least one program designed to reduce the amount of money farmers are required to pay in local real...
Congress enacted the Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) as a subtitle of the 1981 Farm Bill. The purpose of the law is to “...minimize the extent to which Federal programs contribute to the...
An installment purchase agreement (IPA) is an innovative payment plan offered by two states and more than a dozen localities with PACE programs. IPAs spread out payments so that landowners receive...
Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) is a numeric rating system created by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to evaluate a parcel’s relative agricultural importance. The...
Purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) programs compensate property owners for restricting the future use of their land. PACE is known as Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) in many...
Purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) programs compensate property owners for restrictions on the future use of their land. One of the biggest challenges in administering PACE...
When contemplating the sale of an agricultural easement, there are four main issues and questions to consider: 1. Land planning – How does the easement-restricted land relate to the agricultural...
Transfer of development rights (TDR) programs enable the transfer of development potential from one parcel of land to another. TDR programs are typically established by local zoning ordinances. In...
This fact sheet provides basic information about the importance of American agriculture to the economy, environment, and rural communities.