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Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA)

Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA)

Pursuant to the Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) of 1981 [Sections 1539-1549 P.L. 97-98, Dec 22, 1981], the Secretary of Agriculture is directed to establish and carry out a program to "minimize the extent to which Federal programs contribute to the unnecessary and irreversible conversion of farmland to nonagricultural uses, and to the extent practicable, will be compatible with state, unit of local government, and private programs and policies to protect farmland." [7 USC 4201-4209 & 7 USC 658].

This web site provides USDA NRCS employees and others with support for evaluation of farmland sites proposed for conversion to nonagricultural uses.

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How to fill out form AD-1006 (PDF; 38 KB)
Form AD-1006 (PDF; 188 KB)

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Information about Land Evaluation & Site Assessment (LESA) Systems

In 1981, the NRCS, known at the time as the Soil Conservation Service, released a new system that was designed to provide objective ratings of the agricultural suitability of land compared to demands created by nonagricultural uses of land. The rating system became known as Land Evaluation and Site Assessment, or LESA. Soon after it was designed, LESA was adopted as a procedural tool at the federal level for identifying and addressing the potential adverse effects of federal programs (e.g., funding of highway construction) on farmland protection. The Farmland Protection Policy Act of 1981 (Public Law 97-98) spells out requirements to ensure that federal programs, to the extent practical, are compatible with state, local and private programs and policies to protect farmland, and calls for the use of LESA to aid in this analysis.