FIC Fact Sheets and Technical Memos

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The Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey is a study of agricultural landowners—including non-operator landlords—conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics...
This table displays the status and summarizes important information about 95 farm and ranch land protection programs in 20 states that have funded easement acquisitions.
This table displays the status and summarizes important information, as of January 2016, about farm and ranch land protection programs in the 28 states that have funded easement acquisitions.
This table displays the status and summarizes important information, as of January 2017, about farm and ranch land protection programs in the 28 states that have funded easement acquisitions.
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) is a voluntary federal conservation program implemented by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that protects agricultural land...
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...
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...
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...
This analysis shows the proportion of food production and direct marketing activity generated by farms in the most urban counties. Proximity to people and markets provides opportunities for farmers...
Growth management laws are designed to control the timing, phasing and character of urban growth. They take a comprehensive approach to regulating the pattern and rate of development and set policies...
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 use public funds to compenstate property owners for keeping their land available for agriculture.This handout provides talking points...
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...

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