Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation is accepting applications

LEONARDTOWN, MD– The Maryland Farmland Preserve Program (MALPF) is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2023 easements cycle.

Eligibility requirements include a minimum of 50 contiguous acres, land outside the county’s 10-Year Water and Sewer Plan, and a minimum of 50% Class I, II, or III soils. For more information on eligibility and the process of acquiring MALPF easements, visit

The mission of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation is:

  • Preserve productive farmland and woodlands for the continued production of food and fiber for all citizens of Maryland;
  • Curb the expansion of random urban development;
  • To help curb the spread of urban decay and deterioration;
  • To help protect agricultural and woodland lands as open spaces;
  • Protect wildlife habitat; and
  • Improve the environmental quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

MALPF was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1977 and is part of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The Foundation purchases agricultural preservation easements that forever restrict development on prime farmland and woodland. MALPF settled its first purchased easement in October 1980.

Maryland’s Farmland Preservation Program is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country. The State of Maryland, through the work of the Foundation and its state and local partners, has preserved more farmland in perpetuity than any other state in the country.

To apply, contact St. Mary’s County MALPF Program Administrator Donna Sasscer, Director, Agriculture and Seafood Division, Department of Economic Development at 240-309-4021, or [email protected]

All easement applications must be received by the St. Mary’s County MALPF Administrator by May 2, 2022. Once applications are received, they will be categorized by the St. Mary’s County Farmland Preservation Advisory Board. Mary’s (ALPAB) using state mandated land valuation. and Site Assessment System (LESA). Classified applications will be submitted to the State for review of the easement.

Amalia H. Mercado