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National Organic Farming Handbook

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The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

 

Conservation Easements and the 2010 Roth Conversion: A symbiotic relationship

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It may come as a shock, but there is a sort of symbiotic relationship at work between property owners with conservation easements and the IRS.

 

Protecting The Public Interest And Investment In Conservation : A Response To Professor Korngold’s Critique Of Conservation Easements

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The use of conservation easements as a land-protection tool has grown considerably over the past several decades, and with that growth has come criticism from a variety of sources.

 

Sustainable Grazing Lands Providing a Healthy Environment: Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Strategic Plan 2010-2015

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This document outlines broad strategies for the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI). The initiative grew out of realization that the 1985 Farm Bill had resulted in a lack of on the ground technical assistance available for voluntary conservation planning.

 

Conservation Easements: Perpetuity and Beyond

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Perpetual conservation easements are intended to protect the particular land they encumber for the conservation purposes specified in the deed of conveyance “in perpetuity”—or at least until circumstances have changed so profoundly that continued protection of the land for those purposes is no longer feasible.

 

Conservation Easements: Why and How?

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According to the census data collected by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA), over the past two decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of local, state, and regional land trusts operating in the United States,1 and in the number of acres encumbered by conservation easements2 held by such land trusts.

 

Conserving Habitat Through the Federal Farm Bill, a Guide for Land Trusts and Landowners

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A new report by Defenders of Wildlife Gives an in-depth summary of 2008 Farm Bill Conservation Provisions and programs. If you care about private land conservation, you can’t afford not to know the federal Farm Bill, the single greatest source of private land conservation funding in the United States.

 

Transferring Wealth through Land Conservation

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The United States is about to experience its largest-ever intergenerational transfer of wealth: more than $10 trillion are expected to change hands in the next 10 to 20 years.

 

Conference Report Summary for the Agricultural Act of 2014

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This proposed Farm Bill, if passed, would provide certainty for producers and Americans through 2018. Here are some provisions that affect p ...

 

Test your knowledge of Conservation Purposes

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It is important to emphasize that not every easement restricting the future development of property will meet the tax law requirements. The tax law requires that the gift be for conservation purposes. A ...

 

Conservation Buffers on your Land

Considering conservation buffers on your land?  The USDA has 250,000 or more buffer contracts with about 160,000 farms and ranches. They may be a good choice for your land and for the environment.

 

Let’s Get Serious About Conservation

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This Farm and Dairy article explains how conservation is a journey for our country.

 

Conservation Reserve Program CP33–Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds Bird Monitoring and Evaluation Plan 2006–2011 Final Report

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a suite of Farm Bill conservation  programs and practices that provide incentives to enhance environmental quality on privately-owned agricultural lands.

 

Farm Foundation puts farm, land conservation future on same page

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The foundation report took three years to compile and includes the thoughts of leaders in agriculture, forestry and conservation to identify land challenges today and in the years ahead.

 

Amending Perpetual Conservation Easements: A Case Study Of The Myrtle Grove Controversy

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Over the past quarter century there has been an explosive growth in the use of conservation easements as a land protection tool. A conservation easement is a deed transferred by the owner of the land encumbered by the easement to the holder of the easement (generally a government agency or a charitable conservation organization referred to as a “land trust”) that restricts the development and use of the land to achieve certain conservation goals, such as the preservation of open space, wildlife habitat, agricultural land, or an historic site.

 

Drafting Conservation Easements

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Drafting the conservation easement influences everything about the protected property after the easement’s grant: it guides the landowner’s use of the protected property, it guides Land Trust’s monitoring and stewardship of the property, and it guides Land Trusts enforcement of the conservation easement against the original landowner and all future landowners, forever.

 

Conserving Open Space = Tax Credits, Cash, and Like-Kind Property

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Long before the buzz in Washington was about creating a stimulus package to help the struggling economy, in 2008 tax incentives were approved by Congress that promotes voluntary land conservation.

 

Fifth annual cover crop survey results

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The 2016-2017 cover crop survey report from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is now available.& ...

 

Environmentalism and Conservation: Connecting the Human and Nature Dots

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Those of us who work in environmental and conservation philosophy and ethics recurrently confront an odd, seemingly anomalous problem. There are often deep rifts or fissures between well-meaning environmentalists and conservationists.

 

Lessons on Charitable Conservation Contributions from Scheidelman v.Commissioner

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On July 14, 2010, the U.S. Tax Court issued its opinion in Scheidelman v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2010-151, and the decision provides conservation easement professionals with two important lessons.

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Cooperative Conservation AmericaWhat is Cooperative Conservation America? CCA is a public forum for collecting and sharing the cooperative conservation stories, lessons, models and achievements of all Americans. It provides citizen conservationists from every walk of life an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a common pool of conservation knowledge, tools, and practices - a cumulative and evolving database of information that will advance citizen stewardship, foster community-based conservation, encourage and support the vital role of private lands and landowners, and expand and strengthen shared governance in the care and conservation of America's lands, waters, and wildlife.

 

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