The Farmlands Program strives to protect working rural lands such as farms and forestland. The goal of the program is to help meet the needs of farmers and ranchers who want to protect their land for the future and to ensure that a new generation of farmers has access to affordable farmland.
Landowners often face a double-edged sword. Their land is worth more for development than as a farm or ranch. By providing landowners with information about the estate, property and income tax and financial incentives of asset based farming opportunities and conservation programs, landowner are able to make comprehensive decisions about their land and long-term financial future.
How we can help.
Several outreach and educational programs address a full range of land conservation strategies with an emphasis on the financial and tax advantages to landowners. Our projects provide information, training, and assistance to both beginning and experienced farmers, as well as agency representatives, attorneys, and other stakeholders. CTF shares this information through workshops, targeted mailings, focus groups, web-based referrals and resources, and individual consultations.
CTF envisions a future where Florida's family ranches and cattlemen can hold on to their land, retain their place in the state's living history and continue to be stewards of the places they cherish.
Protecting Florida's Ranchlands
Cattle ranches anchor local economies and communities, foster family values and strong work ethics. Ranches also play a pivotal role in acting as a bulwark against development and providing habitat and wildlife corridors for native species.
Florida's subtropical climate is ideal for birthing and raising young cattle. Still, it is an enterprise that often yields thin profit margins, leading some to consider selling land parcels.
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Learn how help farmers and landowners protect the character of their property and plan for its future.
View this inspiring and informative video by Former Florida Governor Buddy MacKay, who is also a member of CTF's Advisory Board. He talks about the importance of protecting wildlife corridors and protecting land for conservation. Video is by the University of Florida, IFAS as part of the Springs Protection Workshop in May 2012 (11 minutes).