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Farmland Preservation General Information

• The Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program The Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program consists of 5 methods for preserving farmland and open space.

• Contact the Farmland Preservation Office For additional information concerning the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program

• Frequently Asked Questions (June 14, 2011) PDF icon These FAQ's are in response to questions the Farmland Preservation Office has received in regards to possible changes to the Farmland Preservation Program.

• P.A. 116 - Preserving Farmland in Michigan Article PDF icon


Farmland Preservation Program (formerly P.A. 116)

• Enrolling in the Farmland Preservation Program Instruction on enrolling land in the farmland preservation form, including application.

• Changing an existing Farmland Development Rights Agreement Information on transferring, splitting, or extending your Farmland Development Rights Agreement.

• Early Termination of All or Part of a Farmland Development Rights Agreement Information on the termination of all of the land in, or the release of a parcel from (partial termination) a Farmland Development Rights Agreement prior to an Agreement's expiration.

• Farmland and Open Space Preservation Frequently Asked Questions What Does the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act Do?

• Map of Active Farmland Development Rights Agreements in Michigan Enrolled as a percent of farmland.

• Part 361 of Public Act 451 of 1994 Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act

• Farmland Preservation Agreements Brochure: Transferring, Dividing and Releasing Land PDF icon Transfering, Dividing and Releasing Land

• Farmland Preservation Agreements Brochure: Enrollment, Eligibility & Benefits PDF icon Enrollment, Eligibility & Benefits


Agricultural Preservation Fund

• Map of Local Qualified PDR Programs - Color PDF icon

• Map of Local Qualified PDR Programs - Black & White PDF icon

• Agriculture Preservation Fund To provide grants to eligible local units of government for the purchase of agricultural conservation easements through Purchase of Development Rights programs (PDRs) to preserve farmland.

• Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund Board Application Process and Scoring System PDF icon The Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund is a fund established for the purpose of providing grants to local qualifying entities to assist in the purchase of development rights of farmland.

• Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund Board Request for Qualification Form PDF icon The Agricultural Preservation Fund Board has adopted an application process, scoring system,and standards and guidelines for funding local PDR programs. In order to apply for grants funds from the Board, ...

• Part 362 of Public Act 451 of 1994


Conservation Easement Donations

• Map of Donated Conservation Easements in Michigan - Color PDF icon

• Map of Donated Conservation Easements in Michigan- Black & White PDF icon

• Conservation Easement Donation Brochure Explains what a conservation easement is and how to enter into one with the State.

• Fact Sheet for the new incentive for Private Land Conservation Michigan Public Act 446 of 2006 PDF icon

• Conservation Easement Assessment PDF icon Click here to read the State Tax Commission's memo regarding assessing conservation easements.

• Conservation Easement: Landowner Questionnaire To aid the landowner in tailoring conservation easements to land protection and financial planning goals.

• Example of Donated Farmland Development Rights Easement Example of a basic farmland development rights easement held by the State.

• Example of Donated Conservation Easement (Open Space) Example of basic open space conservation easement held by the State.


Purchase of Development Rights Program

• Map of Permanent Conservation Easements held by the State of Michigan. PDF icon

• Map of Permanent Conservation Easements held by the State of Michigan - Black & White PDF icon




Farmland Preservation Quicklinks
 •  Contact the Farmland Preservation Office
 •  Eligibility & Instructions
 •  Application
 •  Changing Your Farmland Development Rights Agreement
 •  Benefits & Enrollment
 •  Changing & Releasing
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