Work with Farmland Protection Partners
Public entities (e.g.,state and local governments and conservation districts) administer farmland protection programs to keep land available for agriculture. These programs are often called purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) programs. In addition, some private land trusts protect agricultural land by acquiring land or agricultural conservation easements (ACEs).
Here are some ways farmland protection partners can help you gain access to land:
- Land protected by PACE programs and land trusts using ACEs tends to be less expensive than
comparable unprotected land, which can help reduce the purchase price.
- PACE programs and land trusts may own farmland and lease or sell it to farmers. Staff may also
track protected farmland for sale or lease.
- Some PACE programs and land trusts allow beginning farmers to sell an ACE on a farm or ranch
under contract and then use the proceeds toward the purchase price.
You can search the Farmland Information Center’s Farmland Protection Directory to find a farmland
protection partner that works in your area. Use the filters to find entities that lease land to farmers,
maintain lists of farmland for sale and/or provide other types of assistance.