Home > Special Conferences & Programs > Saving America's Farms and Farmland: Celebrating 40 Years of Farmland Preservation

Thank You for Your Participation!

Check out the Farmland Preservation Report article on this conference, as well as a story on the CPE website!

Farmland Preservation

Saving America's Farms and Farmland:

Celebrating 40 Years of Farmland Preservation

A Two-Day National Conference
May 12 and 13, 2014 | Hershey, PA

As a value-add for conference participants, we have made workshop materials available from those sessions that you may not have been able to attend. Just click on any workshop title and look for the "Download Presentation" link under each speaker's name. Any missing presentations are the result of individual presenters not wishing to share their materials in a public forum.

Over the last 40 years local and state governments and land trusts have preserved millions of acres of farm and ranch lands using agricultural conservation easements. How have these programs succeeded and how will they further evolve? Come to celebrate and to learn from the nation's most successful programs. Connect with colleagues from across the country. Learn how you can improve policies and practices and find answers to your most challenging issues. Participate in lively discussions and come away inspired and informed!

Whether you work in land use planning, resource protection, conservation, agriculture, academia, law, or real estate, or you are a local elected official, if your work involves a farmland preservation effort, don't miss this conference, the first of its kind in seven years! Make plans now to attend!

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for their participation in this event.

Jump to:
Select Speakers
Conference Agenda
Workshop Descriptions
Download Workshop Grid (PDF)
Steering Committee Members
Download Conference Flyer (PDF)

This event has been organized by Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Farmland Preservation Roundtable Conference Steering Committee (click for list of members).

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grants
Grant sponsorship provided by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture
(Award No. 2010-85211-20515)


Select Speakers

Tom Daniels Tom Daniels
Professor
City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
Senator Robert Casey U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
Pennsylvania
PA Department of Agriculture Secretary George Greig George Greig
Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture


Conference Agenda

DAY 1 - MAY 12, 2014 DAY 2 - MAY 13, 2014
8:00-8:45am Registration, Breakfast 7:00-8:30am Breakfast
8:45-9:15am Welcoming Remarks
Download Presentation (PDF)
7:15-8:15am Continuing Education Session
9:15-10:00am Plenary Keynote Address 8:15-8:30am Transition
10:00-10:15am Transition 8:30-10:00am Workshop Session
10:15-11:45am Workshop Session 10:00-10:15am Transition
11:45-12:00pm Transition 10:15-11:45am Workshop Session
12:00-1:00pm Luncheon Keynote Address 11:45-12:00pm Transition
1:00-1:15pm Transition 12:00-1:00pm Luncheon, Awards Presentation
1:15-2:45pm Workshop Session 1:00-1:15pm Transition
2:45-3:00pm Transition 1:15-3:00pm Capstone Event
3:15-4:45pm Workshop Session 3:00-3:30pm Closing Remarks
4:45-5:30pm Free Time
5:30-6:30pm Reception
6:30-7:30pm Dinner Keynote Address


Workshop Information

Click on any workshop title below to view the full description, read the names of the presenters, and download the associated materials.


DAY 1 - 10:15am to 11:45am
Choice of one (1) morning workshop

WORKSHOP 1A - POLICY & PRACTICE
Innovative Approaches to Valuation: The Points-Based Appraisal

Stacy Schaefer (moderator), Associate Director Land Conservation
MD Dept. of Natural Resources
Download Presentation (PDF)

Bill Amoss, Chief of Agricultural Preservation
Harford County (MD) Agricultural Land Preservation
Download Presentation (PDF)

John Zawitoski, Farmland Preservation Administrator
Montgomery County (MD) Dept. of Economic Development, Agricultural Services Division
Download Presentation (PDF)

Learn how farmland preservation programs in Maryland use points-based appraisals, or formulas, to make conservation easement offers, saving money and time at the front end of the easement process.


WORKSHOP 1B - PROGRAM SHOWCASE
2014 Farm Bill Overview and Implementation

Jeremy Peters, Director of Federal Policy
American Farmland Trust
Download Presentation (PDF)

The 2014 Farm Bill is done and work is underway to implement programs at the local level. Congress made significant changes to farm and conservation programs both in terms of reducing the number of programs and available funding. At the same time, many programs have the potential to be more effective in producing results and to be more accessible to farmers and ranchers. In addition to program changes, the new farm bill reforms crop insurance by requiring conservation compliance requirements for farmers in order to be eligible for crop insurance premium subsidies. Gain insight into what was included in the new law and what this means for farmland conservation.


WORKSHOP 1C - POLICY & PRACTICE
Multiple Source Funding & Innovative Finance for Conservation Easements

Heidi Winzinger (moderator), Chief of Acquisitions
NJ State Agriculture Development Committee
Download Presentation (PDF)

Mike Kane, Land Conservation Officer
Piedmont Environmental Council (VA)

State and local programs, as well as land trusts, often must juggle multiple sources of funds to make a conservation easement deal happen as well as seek out financing that can bridge the gap between available funds and the amount that is needed. Attend this session to learn about bringing multiple funding sources to the table, accessing capital in non-traditional places, federal sources not normally used by land conservation programs, and a state's use of a transferable income tax credit to spur land conservation activity.


WORKSHOP 1D - POLICY & PRACTICE
Return on Investment: How PDR is Strengthening Local Economies and Remaining Relevant Moving Forward

Mike McGrath (moderator), Planner, AICP
Former Director, DE Agricultural Lands Preservation Program
Download Presentation (PDF)

Dr. Tom Daniels, Professor
City and Regional Planning University of Pennsylvania
Download Presentation (PDF)

Dr. Josh Duke, Professor of Applied Economics and Statistics
University of Delaware

The preservation of farms is generally discussed in terms of land use and conservation issues and goals. But just as important are the economic impacts of the permanent preservation of working lands. In terms of local economies, farm business and generational transfer plans, taxation matters, multiplier impacts inside and outside of the agricultural sector, the millions of dollars spent on the purchase of development rights have had a profound impact over the past 40+ years. This panel will explore those impacts and recent research in these important areas. Attendees will gain insights into these often overlooked aspects and will be better able to explain to others the benefits of farmland preservation.



DAY 1 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Choice of one (1) early afternoon workshop

WORKSHOP 2A - RESEARCH IN BRIEF
Looking for Cost Effective Conservation Techniques

Dr. Josh Duke (moderator), Professor of Applied Economics and Statistics
University of Delaware

Dr. Kent Messer, Professor of Applied Economics and Statistics
University of Delaware
Download Presentation (PDF)

Recent research provides some surprises about cost effectiveness in farmland preservation. Do reverse auctions really deliver the expected benefits? Will conservation dollars go farther when the true benefits to the landowner are explained using an "optimization" approach? Will targeting specific parcels lead to cost-effectiveness for a farmland preservation program? Hear about the latest research results, including a survey of planning professionals about the challenges of the optimization approach.


WORKSHOP 2B - PROGRAM SHOWCASE
Nation's No. 1: Lancaster County's Rise to the Top in Local Farmland Preservation

Matt Knepper (moderator), Executive Director
Lancaster County Agricultural Preserve Board

Jeff Swinehart, Deputy Director
Lancaster Farm Trust

Learn the dynamic attributes of the Lancaster County, Pa. program, including its public/private partnership, the Amish community, the County Commissioners long-standing funding commitment, and the Ag Preserve Board's progressive stance on a number of approaches.


WORKSHOP 2C - POLICY & PRACTICE
Strategic Farmland Preservation Targeting: New Jersey's County and Municipal Planning Incentive Grant Programs

Susan Payne (moderator), Executive Director
NJ State Agriculture Development Committee

Timothy Brill, Planning Manager
NJ State Agriculture Development Committee
Download Presentation (PDF)

Learn how one of the Nation's top State programs provides incentives to localities to include agriculture in comprehensive planning and to engage in farmland preservation.


WORKSHOP 2D - POLICY & PRACTICE
Farmland Preservation and Farmland Affordability

Nancy Everhart (moderator), Agricultural Director
VT Housing & Conservation Board
Download Presentation (PDF)

Rick Chandler, Regional Planner
MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources

Dr. Brian Schilling, Extension Specialist
Rutgers University Cooperative Extension
Download Presentation (PDF)

New England farmers must compete for the small amount of land available for farming. Learn how farmland preservation programs in the NE have adapted to ensure farmers can afford to buy the farms that taxpayers preserved with farmers in mind. Then, hear about the latest research on how farmland preservation affects affordability of land for the farmer/buyer.



DAY 1 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Choice of one (1) late afternoon workshop

WORKSHOP 3A - RESEARCH IN BRIEF
Beyond Acres Preserved: What is PDR/PACE Accomplishing?

Dr. Brian Schilling (moderator), Extension Specialist
Rutgers University Cooperative Extension
Download Presentation (PDF)

Dr. J. Dixon Esseks, Emeritus Professor, Public Administration
Northern Illinois University

Dr. Paul Gottlieb, Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Rutgers University
Download Presentation (PDF)

Dr. Lori Lynch, Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics
University of Maryland

Ralph Siegel, Executive Director
Garden State Preservation Trust

Acreage protected under a conservation easement is a natural measure of program progress. However, other impacts of PDR are often not measured. This session presents recent research examining other program outcomes, including: Are preserved farm owners investing in agricultural operations? Are preserved farms staying in active agriculture? Is PDR helping to improve farm profitability? Is there a positive correlation between local property taxes and land conservation? Have PDR/PACE programs helped keep land values affordable? Does using designated target areas increase the contiguity of development and decrease land conversion in these areas?


WORKSHOP 3B - PROGRAM SHOWCASE
Letting Localities Lead: State Programs that Assist and Guide Local Efforts

Lavonne Paden (moderator), Director
WV Agricultural Land Protection Authority
Download Presentation (PDF)

David Behm, Director
NY Farmland Protection Program
Download Presentation (PDF)

Amy Moloney, Executive Director,
Monroe County Farmland Protection Board
Download Presentation (PDF)

Unlike older programs in states such as MD, NJ & PA, some states enable locally-led farmland efforts by providing financial and technical assistance with little, if any, involvement after the funded easement has been conveyed. Learn how NY and WV provide this alternative approach to farmland preservation.


WORKSHOP 3C - POLICY & PRACTICE
Farmland Preservation in the Midwest

Denise Franz King (moderator), Executive Director, Farmland Preservation
OH Dept. of Agriculture
Download Presentation (PDF)

Brian Bourdages, Farmland Program Manager
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (MI)
Download Presentation (PDF)

Erica Schmitz, Land Use Manager
Town of Dunn, WI

Alison Volk, Land Management Section Chief
WI Department of Agriculutre, Trade and Consumer Protection

Over the last 25 years, farmland preservation in the Midwest has been a series of starts and stops. Learn about Wisconsin's innovative approach, Michigan's local efforts that carry on with very little state support, and Ohio's now firmly established, active and innovative program. Learn possible avenues for addressing your own program's challenges.


WORKSHOP 3D - POLICY & PRACTICE
Beyond PDR: How TDR Has Proven Itself as an Alternative Land Saver

Timothy Brill (moderator), Planning Manager
NJ State Agriculture Development Committee

Mike Hlubik, Committeeman
Chesterfield Township, NJ

John Zawitoski, Farmland Preservation Administrator
Montgomery County (MD) Dept. of Economic Development, Agricultural Services Division
Download Presentation (PDF)

Dan Zimmerman, Town Manager
Warwick Township, Lancaster County, PA

The transfer of development rights continues to be a viable alternative to PDR, especially at the township level. Learn how several townships in PA and NJ make it work.



DAY 2 - 7:15am to 8:15am
Please indicate if you will be attending the continuing education (CE) session when you register.

WORKSHOP CE
Planning for Agriculture: How Farmland Preservation Drives Land Use Planning and Ag Drives the Local Economy; What Land Use Planners Need to Know

Download Presentation (PDF)

How does farmland preservation fit into your local government's master plan and economic development efforts? How does farmland preservation influence and even determine growth areas and boundaries in local land use plans? Learn how PDR/PACE programs are leading local-level planning and growth. This is an APA-approved Continuing Education credit course.



DAY 2 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Choice of one (1) early morning workshop

WORKSHOP 4A - RESEARCH IN BRIEF
Five Stars or Buyers' Remorse? Landowner Satisfaction with PDR Participation

Dr. Brian Schilling (moderator), Extension Specialist
Rutgers University Cooperative Extension
Download Presentation (PDF)

Dr. J. Dixon Esseks, Emeritus Professor, Public Administration
Northern Illinois University

Dr. Lori Lynch, Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics
University of Maryland

Millions of acres of farmland have been preserved under state/local PDR programs. Yet the perspectives of farmland preservation program managers and, importantly, participating landowners post-preservation are generally not well understood. Drs. Schilling and Esseks will present recent survey research examining the perceptions of owners of farmland preserved under the NJ, DE and MD state programs, and the FRPP. For example, are they satisfied with their preservation decision? Have they encountered unanticipated challenges? Are they actively farming/improving their farming operations? How have they used easement monies? Do they have farm succession plans? Dr. Lynch will then discuss PDR program managers' views on the outcomes of preserving farmland, including the impacts on the viability of the farming industry, protection of critical farmland resources, and farmland values. Managers' perceptions of the impact on broader goals, such as growth management, will also be highlighted.


WORKSHOP 4B - PROGRAM SHOWCASE
Innovative Finance: Carroll County's Leveraged Installment Purchase Program

Deborah Bowers (moderator), Acting Program Manager
Carroll County (MD) Agricultural Land Preservation

Daniel E. Hoff, Realtor
Samuel C. Hoff Agency

Ralph Robertson, Program Manager (retired)
Carroll County (MD) Agricultural Land Preservation

To stretch program dollars, Carroll County, Md. purchases 20-year zero coupon bonds and pays attractive tax-free interest for 20 years in exchange for offers of just 40% of fair market value. The program also features mandatory stream buffers to help protect the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about this dynamic approach to preservation in a county that has preserved 65,000 acres and counting.


WORKSHOP 4C - POLICY & PRACTICE
FRPP to ALE I: A Critical Look at the Federal Response to Farmland Preservation

Brian Bourdages (moderator), Farmland Program Manager
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (MI)

Denise Coleman, PA State Conservationist
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Jeremy Stone, National Manager, Farm & Ranch Lands Protection Program
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Doug Wolfgang, Executive Director
PA Bureau of Farmland Preservation

Many states and localities have had challenges making the federal Farm & Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP) and now ALE compatible with their program policies & practices. Bring your three-minute "flash talk" to this session and our expert panel will try to advise on possible solutions.


WORKSHOP 4D - POLICY & PRACTICE
Techniques for Stewardship of Preserved Farms

Jon Chapman (moderator), Monitoring and Stewardship Program Manager
Maryland Environmental Trust
Download Presentation (PDF)

June Mengel, Farmland Preservation Specialist
Lancaster County (PA) Agricultural Preserve Board

Chuck Roohr, Stewardship Manager
NJ State Agriculture Development Committee

Stewardship of agricultural lands that have been placed under permanent easement might be called the most important part of farmland preservation. In this session learn how monitoring is handled by a quasi-governmental statewide land trust, a county farmland preservation program and a state farmland preservation program.



DAY 2 - 10:15am to 11:45am
Choice of one (1) late morning workshop

WORKSHOP 5A - POLICY & PRACTICE
Preserving the Land and Enabling Farm Purchase: Programs That Multi-Task

Greg Bowen (moderator), Director
Maryland FarmLink

Ralph Robertson, Program Manager (retired)
Carroll County (MD) Agricultural Land Preservation

Austin Short, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
DE Dept. of Agriculture
Download Presentation (PDF)

Learn how some programs are extending farmland preservation by helping farmers buy farms and boost their operations. Learn about Carroll County, Md.'s Critical Farms Program, the Delaware Young Farmer Loan Program and Maryland Farmlink.


WORKSHOP 5B - PROGRAM SHOWCASE
Why Pennsylvania is No. 1 for Preserved Acres through PDR / PACE

Doug Wolfgang (moderator), Executive Director
PA Bureau of Farmland Preservation
Download Presentation (PDF)

Kerry Golden, Executive Director, Agriculture Committee
PA House of Representatives

How did the nation's top ranked program make it to the top? Learn how the Pa. legislature, governors and the taxpayers all played a part in keeping farmland preservation at front and center in ag policy over the last 25 years. Hear how policy and practice were learned and adjusted to meet the changing needs of agriculture in the Keystone State.


WORKSHOP 5C - POLICY & PRACTICE
FRPP to ALE II: How to Get the Most of the Federal Funding Option

Denise Coleman (moderator), PA State Conservationist
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Nancy Everhart, Agricultural Director
VT Housing & Conservation Board

Krista Magaw, Executive Director
Tecumseh Land Trust
Download Presentation (PDF)

Jeremy Stone, National Manager, Farm & Ranch Lands Protection Program
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

If you are set to try your hand at winning federal funding for your project, come to this session for the ultimate "how-to" for preparing a successful federal easement program application.


WORKSHOP 5D - POLICY & PRACTICE
Defining Agricultural Use for Preserved Farms

Susan Payne (moderator), Executive Director
NJ State Agriculture Development Committee

David Behm, Director
NY Farmland Protection Program
Download Presentation (PDF)

Jeffrey Everett, Chief of Agricultural Resources
NJ State Agriculture Development Committee
Download Presentation (PDF)

Some long-established farmland preservation programs struggle to define what types of activities may take place on preserved farms, while other programs readily accommodate some commercial uses. In this session, compare and contrast the policies that ultimately determine how preserved farms will function and what they will look like in the future.



Farmland Preservation Roundtable Conference Steering Committee

The following individuals are members of the Farmland Preservation Roundtable Conference Steering Committee:

  • Brian Schilling, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Co-Chair
  • Deborah Bowers, Carroll County, Md., Agricultural Land Preservation, Co-Chair
  • David Behm, New York Farmland Protection Program
  • Brian Bourdages, Grand Traverse (MI) Regional Land Conservancy
  • Tom Daniels, University of Pennsylvania, Dept of City & Regional Planning
  • Ellen Dayhoff, Adams County (Pa.) Agricultural Land Preservation Board
  • Jeffrey Everett, NJ State Agriculture Development Committee
  • Nancy Everhart, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
  • Ann Jones, Baltimore County Land Trust Alliance
  • Denise King, Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, Office of Farmland Preservation
  • Matt Knepper, Lancaster County Ag Preserve Board
  • Wally Lippincott, Baltimore County Land Preservation
  • Michael McGrath, Delaware Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (ret.)
  • Jeff Swinehart, Lancaster Farmland Trust
  • Brian Wilson, Burlington County NJ Farmland Preservation Program
  • Doug Wolfgang, Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation
Registration Information

Fee:
$149 per person on/before 4/30
$169 per person after 4/30

Your registration fee includes breakfast/lunch/dinner on Day 1 and breakfast/lunch on Day 2.

You must select FIVE (5) workshops with your registration (THREE selections for Day 1 and TWO selections for Day 2). Please also indicate if you wish to attend the CE session on Day 2. Click here for Workshop Grid.

Location

Hershey Lodge
325 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

Come stay at Hershey Lodge for only $159 per night! Reservations can be made by calling 800-533-3131. Be sure to mention "Farmland Preservation" to secure the reduced rate. All reservations must be made by April 30th.

NOTE: This rate is valid two nights pre-/post-conference dates, based on availability. Consider extending your stay to enjoy all Hershey and the surrounding area have to offer!

Sponsorship/Advertising Opportunities

Boost your organization's visibility in front of a national audience of farmland preservationists! Multiple sponsorship and advertising levels available.

Sponsor Form (PDF)

Space is limited; reserve today!

Platinum Sponsors

Farm Credit MidAtlantic

Bronze Sponsors
Max Spann Real Estate and Auction Company

Lancaster Farmland Trust

Baltimore County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board

Baltimore County Farm Bureau

The Manor Conservancy

The Valleys Planning Council
Advertisers
Scotts Miracle Gro
Bookmark and Share