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Despite their growing importance, we know very little about non-operating landowners and more importantly, even less about how best to reach, engage and motivate them. Limited research indicates that there may be a linkage between rented land and lack of conservation practices on the land, which results in detrimental environmental impacts. Even more troubling, some of the areas with the highest rates of rental land align with those experiencing high rates of nutrient losses. But the potential for positive change is great! In response to this data gap, American Farmland Trust partnered with Utah State University to conduct a survey of non-operator landowners. The AFT survey was developed in 2013-2014 by the Non-Operating Landowner National Survey Work Group. This group consists of researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in working with and/or researching non-operating landowners.
Redline version of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program reflecting 2018 Farm Bill changes.
Redline version of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program reflecting 2018 Farm Bill changes.
Conference Report Accompanying H.R.2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, and the Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee on Conference.
While “evolutionary, not revolutionary” was the oft-repeated mantra during this Farm Bill process, the final bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill legislation does make several significant policy changes to the largest of the conservation programs. The biggest victory for the conservation community at large is maintaining baseline spending, which means that no funds previously spent on conservation … Continued
American Farmland Trust detailed changes in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP-ALE) and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) between the 2014 Farm Bill and the new 2018 Farm Bill.
This table displays the status and summarizes important information, as of January 2018, about farm and ranch land protection programs in the 28 states that have funded easement acquisitions.
This bill provides that solar and photovoltaic energy facilities and structures on farmland are not an inherently beneficial use for purposes of zoning approvals. This proposed legislation, which has not passed as of February 2018, reverses prior municipal land use law establishing that solar development is, in fact, a beneficial use.
Module 8 is designed to help farmers identify ways to find and evaluate land. It will also help them understand the types of arrangements that may be possible and offer tips on how to write a contract that will be good for the farmer and the landowner.