farmland protection Tag

American Farmland Trust's (AFT) new report Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future calls attention to the need to protect food-producing agricultural land in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada. AFT research has shown that by 2040, nearly 1.5 million acres of farmland may be lost to urban and low-density conversion across these four states. This loss, together with water availability constraints heightened by extreme drought, could dramatically impact food production in the region. AFT calls for smart growth choices and farmland protection to help keep productive agricultural land providing food, jobs, and additional benefits....

Agricultural Enterprise Areas (AEAs) are community-led efforts to establish designated areas important to Wisconsin's agricultural future. As a part of the state's Farmland Preservation Program, AEAs strive to support local farmland protection goals. Through this designation, communities can encourage continued agricultural production and investment in the local agricultural economy. Eligible landowners within an AEA can sign a 15-year farmland preservation agreement committing all or a portion of their farm to agricultural use and maintaining state soil and water conservation standards. In return, they may be eligible to claim the farmland preservation tax credit. Currently, the Sauk County Land Resources and...