California Farmland Conservancy Program
The California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP) seeks to encourage the long-term, private stewardship of agricultural lands through the voluntary use of agricultural conservation easements. The CFCP provides grant funding for projects which use and support agricultural conservation easements for protection of agricultural lands. As of January 2014, CFCP has funded 172 conservation easements, permanently conserving some of the state's best farmland in agricultural regions throughout the state.
Gobbi Street vineyard (permission Roger Sternberg)
CFCP's Newest Project - a combination of purchased and donated easements protect two properties in the Ukiah Valley, Mendocino County.
This project is among the 23 agricultural conservation easements completed using CFCP funds since 2010.
Orchards, vineyards, vegetable crop lands, alfalfa, and irrigated pastures were represented among the recent completed easements.
CFCP's technical assistance regarding land appraisals, the Overview and Preparation of Agricultural Conservation Easement Appraisals, has been updated (August 2014).
Request for Grant Applications
The Request for Grant Applications (RFGA), which provides detailed guidelines for application eligibility and instructions for the application process, is available in PDF format.
CFCP 2012 Model Easement
In 2012, CFCP updated its model easement document. Grant recipients are encouraged to adopt it to the extent possible, in order to expedite the easement review process.
- Easements and Planning Grants Funded by CFCP CFCP projects, from 1996 to the present, are summarized on the Project Success Stories page. The information is current to December 2013; updates will be made twice per year, so please check back!
Focus on Farmland Learn about recent agricultural conservation easements funded by CFCP around California.
About CFCP and Agricultural Easements
For more information about the CFCP, contact:
California Department of Conservation
Division of Land Resource Protection
801 K Street, MS 18-01
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 324-0850
Fax: (916) 327-3430
To locate a California land trust click here.
American Farmland Trust | Land Trust Alliance | CA Farm Bureau | CA Council of Land Trusts
CA Coastal Conservancy | Wildlife Conservation Board | Great Valley Center | USDA Easement Programs