Conservation Easements for Agricultural Land

There are currently no land trusts in Alberta dedicated to the protection of agricultural land. There is one regional land trust that includes agricultural land in its mission and another that is currently exploring the addition.

The ability to apply conservation easement to agricultural land is relatively new (granted in 2009 with the enactment of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act). In time current land trusts may expand their purposes to include agricultural land conservation and new ones will form. As almost all rural municipalities in Alberta include a statement about protecting agricultural land in their statutory documents, rural municipalities are the likely early adopters of this tool.

Two prominent farm land trusts in other regions are the Ontario Farm Land Trust, and the American Farm Land Trust.

"The mission of the Ontario Farmland Trust is to protect and preserve farmland and the associated agricultural, natural and cultural features in the countryside and to research and educate to further the preservation of these lands for the benefit of current and future generations.

Our vision is for an Ontario that includes a healthy and vibrant agricultural landscape that provides a safe and local supply of food for all Ontarians now and in the future."

"American Farmland Trust is the only national (USA) conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. As the vital link among farmers, conservationists and policy-makers, we're focused on ensuring the availability of the land that provides fresh food, a healthy environment and lasting rural landscapes."

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