Models for State-level Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference feature state-level programs to illustrate different approaches to program implementation. Massachusetts runs a program that directly acquires and monitors easements; Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Farmland Preservation manages an effective state-county partnership that relies on active county agricultural preservation boards; and the Vermont Housing Conservation Board operates a grant style program in close partnership with a few public and private entities. Presenters highlight the pros and cons of each approach.

Session presenters: Whitney Turner, PACE Program Coordinator, Kentucky Department of Agriculture (moderator); Rick Chandler, Director of Agricultural Business Training Program and Land Protection Regional Planner, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources; Nancy Everhart, Agricultural Specialist, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board; Doug Wolfgang, Director, Bureau of Farmland Preservation, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

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Author / Presenter: 
Rick Chandler
Nancy Everhart
Publisher / Host: 
American Farmland Trust