Why protect private farmland?
As a farmland owner, you know what it means to work the land, to grow and harvest crops, to raise cattle, to be a part of a community. Farmland and farming fuel the local economy, keep scenic views open, sustain livelihoods, and play an important role in our landscape.
Planning for the future of your farm
FOR MANY FARMLAND OWNERS, THE PRESSURES ARE REAL AND THE FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN. A farmland conservation easement can be a part of developing business, retirement, and transition plans. This tool may be able to help you carry forward your vision for your land.
Benefits of conserving farmland with easements, include the following:
AGRICULTURAL LEGACY | The landowner and community are reassured that the land will remain available for productive agricultural use, forever.
OWNERSHIP | The land stays as a working farm in private ownership.
COMMUNITY BENEFITS | Farms provide food for local restaurants and retailers, jobs for our neighbors, carbon sequestration in soils, and habitat for wildlife.
BUSINESS SUPPORT | Cash from selling an easement may help landowners with business development, equipment purchases, and transfer to the next generation.
TAX BENEFITS | Landowners may be eligible for tax benefits in relation to income, estate, or property taxes.
LEARN MORE | Check out our informational video series to learn more about farmland conservation options: