Farmland is the foundational infrastructure for the State’s agricultural industry. It is a natural resource critical to the State’s air and water quality, and vital to our community character and heritage. For most farm families, it is the source of their income and their primary retirement asset.
The goals, recommendations, and actions for the Land section aim to protect more farmland, increase the number of acres in active agriculture, and address the affordability of farmland for established and entering farmers alike. In addition, the recommendations seek to help farmers responsibly steward the lands they farm and to ensure that land use regulations are reasonable and effective and do not unduly erode the equity that is represented in the thousands of acres of Commonwealth farmland.