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Farmland Information Center the States 2022


The Farmland Information Center (FIC) is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection that serves people working to save farmland and ranchland for agriculture. It is a project of American Farmland Trust (AFT) maintained on behalf of and with support from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The FIC is authorized by the federal Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA), the first federal law to address the loss of productive agricultural land to non-farm development. AFT and NRCS have worked together since 1994 to fulfill this requirement.




Farms Under Threat: The State of the States



American Farmland Trust’s new report used spatial mapping analyses of agricultural land conversion to provide unprecedented insights into the status and fate of American farmland. Our findings and maps of agricultural land at the state, county, and even sub-county levels show that between 2001 and 2016, 11 million acres of farmland and ranchland were converted to urban and highly developed land use (4.1 million acres) or low-density residential land use (nearly 7 million acres). The report also shows how states have—or have not—responded to the threats of agricultural land conversion. Our Agricultural Land Protection Scorecard assessed six policy tools commonly used to protect farmland, support agricultural viability, and provide access to land.

To explore our maps, policy scorecard, and background data use the links below to visit our interactive website.



Wildlife on the Working Landscape: Charting a Way for Biodiversity and Agricultural Production to Thrive Together



This white paper by American Farmland Trust summarizes what researchers know about wildlife requirements, threats to biodiversity, the role that agricultural lands play, and what models and metrics can tell us about the capacity of agricultural lands to support wildlife habitat. To harness agricultural lands to protect biodiversity, we should: 1) protect agricultural land from conversion to urban and residential development, which is hugely disruptive to wildlife; 2) retire low-productivity agricultural land and restore habitat, especially where it can provide critical habitat and landscape linkages; and 3) manage working farms, ranches, and forests with wildlife-friendly practices, such as rotational grazing, vegetated riparian corridors, and sustainable forest management.

This white paper is part of AFT’s Farms Under Threat initiative, which is using advanced spatial analyses to analyze the status of and threats to agricultural land. A critical component of this initiative will map wildlife habitat and connectivity corridors on agricultural land. This will help inform efforts to balance the production of food, fiber, and energy with the need to conserve and safeguard biodiversity.


Browse our collection of local, state, and federal laws, administrative regulations, state executive orders and state attorney general opinions related to farmland protection.



To suggest an addition to this collection of laws, please use this form.



Disclaimer: This collection is intended for informational purposes. While we work hard to ensure that the contents are up-to-date and accurate, laws and regulations change quickly. If you want to be sure you have the most current information, check with the appropriate legal authority.
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