Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program
About the Program
The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program (MALPF). is a state land preservation program aimed at preserving prime farmland for future food and fiber production by paying farmers to extinguish their development rights. Since 1980, over 21,800 acres of prime farmland have been permanently protected in Frederick County and over 301,000 acres in the State of Maryland.
To apply for a MALPF easement, property owners must meet the following minimum requirements:
Have a minimum of 50 acres, unless an adjoining property is already protected
Have a soil quality of at least 50% class I, II, III soils or Woodland Groups I and II