Farmland Protection Policy Law and Legal Definition

Farmland protection policy is a federal program which regulates unnecessary and irreversible conversion of farmland to nonagricultural uses. It is governed by the Farmland Protection Policy Act. In the U.S. there are state specific laws dealing with farmland protection policy. This policy minimizes the extent to which federal programs that contribute to the unnecessary and irreversible conversion of farmland to nonagricultural uses. It also assures that federal programs that are administered in a manner that, to the extent practicable, will be compatible with state unit of local government, protecting farmland. [7 USCS § 4201]