Agricultural Easements are an important tool in the farmland preservation toolbox.
Land owners can limit development on their land through a legal document called a conservation easement. An agricultural easement is a specific type of conservation easement that restricts the land's use to agriculture by selling the development rights to a parcel of land.
The Land Connection has worked with The Conservation Foundation to place an ag easement on farmland in LaSalle County, and will soon make a model easement available to the public.
Agricultural easements are one tool that can help preserve farmland. In some cases a farm owner may donate all or part of the value of the conservation easement,
More information about agricultural easements is available from:
American Farmland Trust, 1920 N St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 phone 202-659-5170
Land Trust Alliance, 1319 F St. NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20004 phone 202-638-4725
Trust for Public Land, 116 New Montgomery St., 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 phone 415-495-4014