State and local governments have led the response to agricultural land conversion. Nearly every state has enacted some form of property tax relief for farmland and right-to-farm laws. Thirty-one states have authorized farmland protection programs, and 16 have agricultural district programs that provide a variety of benefits including protection from eminent domain and municipal annexation. Local governments also have addressed the challenge. This article describes the tools most commonly used locally to reduce farm and ranch land conversion and to permanently protect agricultural land.
The Farmland Protection Toolbox
Chicago, IL: American Planning Association
January 01, 2012
Agricultural Protection Zoning, Conservation Subdivision, Farmland Protection Overview, Personal Property Tax Relief, Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems, Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements, Right to Farm, Transfer of Development Rights, Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)