Farmland Protection (or purchase of development rights-or purchase of Conservation Easement ) is only one tool for preserving farmland. It is often said that the most efficient way to preserve farmland is to have profitable farm businesses. Undoubtedly this is true, but in areas with high development pressure, non-farm uses can outbid even the most profitable farm business. Farmland protection programs can help municipalities to retain their rural character while keeping the farmland affordable to the next generation of farmers. Several Towns in Wayne County have successfully applied to state and federal programs for protecting farms in addition to several in eastern Monroe County.
In Wayne County, the most effective funding tool for Towns to preserve farmland with conservation easements has been the NYS Department of Agriculture Markets Farmland Protection program. You can read more about it online.
In 2009 the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets surveyed farmers that participated in the State Farmland Protection Program. View the results of the State Farmland Protection Program Survey (PDF).
View the presentation (PDF) that is used to explain the basics of a farmland protection grant application and how an easement works.
View the NYSDAM standard easement (DOC).
Find out if an easement is the right management tool for your business by using the Planning Workbook (PDF). This workbook is designed to help landowners through the process of deciding whether or not to place an agricultural conservation easement on their farms.
View the State of New York Agricultural Model Easement (PDF). The use of this easement should speed the closing process.