Montgomery County Preserves 10,000 Acres of Farmland

Montgomery County Preserves 10,000 Acres of Farmland

Montgomery County announced that it has permanently preserved more than 10,000 acres of farmland on 177 farms through its farmland preservation program. That’s about a third of the county’s farmland!

Started in 1990, the program enables farmers to keep their land while transferring development rights to the county through the sale of agricultural easements. Farmers can still sell their land, but farming must continue in perpetuity. Both the county and state provide funding for the program, and the county has authorized $90,575 for the program in 2021.

The farmland preservation program is a great option for farmers who don’t want to see their land developed. It also benefits surrounding communities with open space, scenic views, and locally grown fresh food.

Map courtesy of Montgomery County

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