Development pressure in densely populated areas of the United States can be a cause of farmland consumption for residential and commercial development, which could in turn threaten the viability of existing farming operations. Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement programs, also known as PACE programs, are one of the legal tools that have been used at the state and federal levels to protect farmland and farming viability against development pressures. Through PACE programs, the government purchases the development rights to agricultural land in exchange for the imposition of an agricultural conservation easement upon the land.
This webinar will provide an overview of, and background for, various state and federal PACE programs, including the recent consolidation of previous federal programs into one single program called the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The webinar also will address how land is identified, evaluated, and selected for PACE programs as well as reviewing the pros and cons of the various methods employed. With many government-purchased easements now approaching or exceeding the 25-year mark, this webinar will discuss the legal issues that have been addressed by these programs as well as the legal issues that have been raised by the continuation of these programs.