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The University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture

Tennessee Farmland Legacy


Tennessee Farmland Legacy

Planning Today for Tomorrow's Farms

Land Protection Options

Land protection and preservation tools range from enrolling your farm in a conservation program to placing a conservation easement on your farm, which will permanently limit the type and amount of development on your property while retaining private ownership.

For additional farmland preservation information, please visit the Farmland Information Center. The FIC is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the American Farmland Trust.

Transaction Assistance Fund
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and The Land Trust for Tennessee are ready to help protect working farms with the Transaction Assistance Fund. This fund can assist with some of the project costs, which can include attorney fees, survey fees, appraisals, and stewardship donations for the perpetual stewardship of the conservation agreements. Last year this fund assisted in the protection of 1,100 acres of farmland in Tennessee. To find out more about the assistance fund, contact Emily Parish at The Land Trust for Tennessee at (615) 244-5263 or


  • Farm and Forest Land Preservation With Conservation Easements
    University of Tennessee Extension, 2005. This publication provides basic information on conservation easements for landowners, community leaders, students and other interested individuals.
  • Conservation Easements
    Land Trust for Tennessee provides basic information for landowners on conservations easements and a information packet with information about how The Land Trust for Tennessee can help you meet your land preservation goals as well as answers many frequently answered questions about conservation easements.
  • Agricultural Conservation Easements
    Farmland Information Center, American Farmland Trust, 2016. This fact sheet provides basic information about agricultural conservation easements.