Farmland Conservation

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (the VHCB) manages Vermont’s Farmland Conservation Program. The goal of this program is to conserve quality agricultural land through the purchase of development rights, and ensure this land is available for farming in the future.    The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (the Agency) co holds conservation easements with VHCB, and the Vermont Land Trust and Upper Valley Land Trust. As well, the Agency has a seat at the table when the VHCB approves farmland conservation applications, develops policy and guidance that affects conserved farmland, and shares in the responsibility of steward the easement.

The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets’ involvement in Act 250 criterion 9(B) review before the state’s District Commissions has the potential to mitigate for a loss farmland via two methods: onsite mitigation and offsite mitigation. In instances of development on “primary agricultural soils that qualify for offsite mitigation,” a payment is made into the Housing and Conservation Board Trust Fund, which partially funds the VHCB Farmland Conservation program.

Location of farmland conserved through the purchase of development rights

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Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.2431
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.522.3502
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.3132
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431