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