Agricultural Land Preservation 2022 Easement Cycle Now Open

The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) is now accepting applications for the FY22 easement cycle.

Landowners are encouraged to submit applications through their county preservation programs. Deadlines vary by county, but the State will review all applications after July 1, 2021.

From the Department of Agriculture’s press release:

“Maryland’s beauty, history, and character is woven into its nearly 2 million acres of farmland,” said Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Preserving our precious agricultural land in such a highly-developed and populated area is crucial to sustaining the viability of our state’s agriculture industry. As the past year has shown all of us, our local food systems are instrumental in meeting the needs of Marylanders. By keeping land in agriculture, we are enabling farmers to continue farming and ensuring people around the state are provided for.”

Since its start in the 1970s, MALPF has preserved more than 330,000 acres of prime farmland through a permanent transfer of development rights. Eligible parcels have 50 contiguous acres of land capable of producing food or fiber. For more information on eligibility, visit MALPF’s website.

County Preservation Programs

MDA Press Release