Approximately 20 percent of the state’s land area, or nearly 7 million acres, is farmland. The Department works to protect valuable, at-risk farmland from development pressures and ensure that the land continues to be used for agriculture. Several programs are available to help partners develop and implement their farmland protection plans and to conserve this most precious resource for future generations.
The Farmland Protection Planning Grants Program focuses on helping governments focus on the future of agriculture by creating farmland protection plans. These plans recommend policies and projects to maintain the economic viability of the State's agricultural industry and its supporting land base.
The Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program focuses on the implementation of farmland protection plans, including those created through the Farmland Protection Planning Grants Program, keeping the state’s farms forever in agriculture.
The Land Trust Grants Program awards state assistance to land trusts for activities that will assist counties and municipalities with their agricultural and farmland protection efforts.