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Strategy RC3.3: Preserve productive farmland and soils and support farmers by providing incentives to keep farmland in use.

Strategy Description

There are 186,079 acres of prime farmland in the study area. Farmland preservation activities and funding should be focused on protecting those lands with prime agricultural soils and the best chance of sustaining economically viable operations. There are a number of existing programs that incentivize the protection of working lands, such as conservation tax incentives and innovation grants. These efforts should be supported and expanded. The Linking Lands and Communities assessments and tools is one resource for land trusts to use to identify land for protection.

Additional Information / Case Studies

Farmland Preservation Sign | Image Credit: Farmland Values Project

Recommendation

RC3: Support the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) in its mission to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.