Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program

About the Program
The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program (MALPF). MALPF is a state land preservation program aimed at preserving prime farmland for future food and fiber production by paying farmers to extinguish their development rights. Since 1980, over 18,700 acres of prime farmland have been permanently protected in Frederick County and over 283,000 acres in the State of Maryland.

Steps
There are 2 basic steps to MALPF:
  1. Establish an Agricultural Land Preservation District
  2. Purchase a perpetual Agricultural Conservation Easement
Requirements
To request the formation of an Agricultural Land Preservation District, property owners must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Have a minimum of 50 acres, unless the adjoining property is already protected
  • Have a soil quality of at least 50% class I, II, III soils or Woodland Groups I and II
  • Have remaining development rights
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