FUNDING FARMLAND PRESERVATION
An ability to leverage federal, state and private farmland protection funds is key to successfully protecting farmland at the municipal level. Towns that have a local source of funding for farmland protection to match state and/or federal funding often have a greater competitive advantage. Some towns have established dedicated funds for land protection, while others have raised money on a case-by-case basis. Strategically, towns should consider the use of many sources for a successful farmland preservation program—combining municipal funds, state and/or federal program funds, as well as funds raised by land trusts or local campaigns.