The Farmland Information Center is a learning center for people working to save farm and ranch land. The FIC is a project of American Farmland Trust maintained on behalf of and with support from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

The FIC is authorized by the federal Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA), the first federal law to address the loss of productive agricultural land to non-farm development. The purpose of the FPPA is to minimize the extent to which federal programs contribute to the unnecessary conversion of farmland to nonagricultural uses. It also directs the Secretary of Agriculture to “…designate one or more farmland information centers to serve as central depositories and distribution points for information on farmland issues, policies, programs, technical principles, and innovative actions or proposals by local and State governments.” AFT and NRCS have worked together since 1994 to fulfill this requirement.

Our team of experts has more than 80 years of combined experience in farmland conservation. We provide reliable, accurate information. We supply statistics, review plans, easements and ordinances; recommend applicable model laws or documents; and make referrals to other farmland protection entities.