Estimated Economic Impact of Federal Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs (ACEP) on Colorado, 2009-2017

Between 2009 and 2017, federal Farm Bill investments in conservation easements in Colorado totaled some $80 million in 2018 inflation-adjusted dollars to support the conservation of more than 129,000 acres of farm and ranch lands. Nationwide, the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program-Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP-ALE) program expects to support private lands conservation projects totaling the mandatory … Continued

2018-2019 Non-Operator Landowner Survey

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.

The 2014 Farm Bill (P.L. 113-79): Summary and Side-by-Side

Congress completed action on a new omnibus farm bill when conferees reported a conference agreement on January 27, 2014 (the Agricultural Act of 2014, H.R. 2642/H.Rept. 113-333); the full House and Senate approved the conference agreement on January 29 and February 4, respectively. The President signed the measure into law on February 7 (P.L. 113-79).

Article 97: Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In 1972 Massachusetts voters approved Article 97, granting people the right to a clean environment and authorizing the Commonwealth to acquire conservation easements.  Article 97 was intended to be a legislative ‘check’ to ensure that lands acquired for conservation purposes were not converted to other inconsistent uses.

Hawaii’s State Agricultural Functional Plan: 1991

The mission of Hawaii's State Agricultural Functional Plan is to increase the overall level of agricultural development in Hawaii, in accordance with the two fundamental Hawaii State Plan ojbectives for agriculture: continued viability in Hawaii's sugar and pineapple industries, and continued growth and development of diversified agriculture throughout the State.

U.S. House Bill 1947 (2013)

Every five years, Congress passes a bundle of legislation, commonly called the “Farm Bill” that sets national agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. The last Farm Bill was passed in 2008, and expired in 2012. A partial extension was passed on January 1 to extend several expired Farm Bill programs.

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