The County Planning Incentive Grant is a new program that encourages a comprehensive planning process for farmland preservation at the county level. It offers several other advantages over the traditional easement purchase program, including enabling counties to accept to accept and process farmland preservation applications year-round, rather than once a year; reducing the timeframe from landowner application to closing; and rewarding counties that complete transactions in a timely manner with the potential for additional funding.

PIG Program Planning Guidance

Implementation Details for County and Municipal Planning Incentive Grant Programs

Guidelines for Developing Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plans 

Project Area Inventory Form

Individual Farm Application

Checklist for Final Review

2025 Annual Application (Submit by December 15, 2023)

FY2024 Deadline Dates for SADC Final Approval

Policy P-14E (prioritization of project areas and individual applications)

Frequently Asked Questions 



PIG Administrator Web Map

Minimum Quality Scores for the County PIG Program

Imminence of Change Index Table -- 2014

Application and Funding Status Reports

Approved County Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plans