Eligible Land Law and Legal Definition

Pursuant to 16 USCS § 3838h (2), [Title 16. Conservation; Chapter 58. Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation and Reserve Program; Agricultural Resources Conservation Program; Conservation Security and Farmland Protection; Farmland Protection Program]

“(A) In general. The term "eligible land" means land on a farm or ranch that is subject to a pending offer for purchase from an eligible entity and--

(i) has prime, unique, or other productive soil;

(ii) contains historical or archaeological resources; or

(iii) the protection of which will further a State or local policy consistent with the purposes of the program.

(B) Inclusions. The term "eligible land" includes, on a farm or ranch--

(i) cropland;

(ii) rangeland;

(iii) grassland;

(iv) pasture land;

(v) forest land that--

(I) contributes to the economic viability of an agricultural operation; or

(II) serves as a buffer to protect an agricultural operation from development; and

(vi) land that is incidental to land described in clauses (i) through (v), if such land is necessary for the efficient administration of a conservation easement, as determined by the Secretary.”

Pursuant to 16 USCS § 3839aa-1 (1), [Title 16. Conservation; Chapter 58. Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation and Reserve Program; Agricultural Resources Conservation Program; Environmental Quality Incentives Program]

“(A) In general. The term "eligible land" means land on which agricultural commodities, livestock, or forest-related products are produced.

(B) Inclusions. The term "eligible land" includes the following:

(i) Cropland.

(ii) Grassland.

(iii) Rangeland.

(iv) Pasture land.

(v) Nonindustrial private forest land.

(vi) Other agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes, and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed through a contract under the program, as determined by the Secretary.”