Office of Farmland Preservation


Directed by RCW 89.10.010 and housed within SCC, the Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP) works to address the loss of agricultural land in Washington state.

FPLA Guidelines: Updated June 2023

SCC has updated the Farmland Protection and Land Access (FPLA) Program Guidelines.

How to apply
Program summary

The Farmland Protection and Land Access (FPLA) program was established via proviso in the Washington State 2022 Supplemental Capital Budget (SSB 5651), Section 3050. FPLA complements the “Buy-Protect-Sell” category of FarmPAI, a program of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. FPLA serves the dual purpose of permanently protecting high-quality farmland and facilitating access to land for next-generation farmers and ranchers.

FarmPAI provides conservation entities with low-interest loans for the fee-simple acquisition of at-risk farmland. FPLA grants fund the purchase of an agricultural conservation easement. The agricultural conservation easement ensures the land stays open and available for farming in perpetuity. By restricting or removing certain development rights that are incompatible with agriculture, FPLA-funded agricultural conservation easements make farmland more affordable for the future farm owner.

What we do:

  • Permanently protect high priority farmland through agricultural conservation easements.
  • Provide resources to help transition farmland and farm businesses from one generation to the next.  
  • Provide data and analysis on trends impacting farmland in Washington.
  • Assist local governments and organizations to develop and implement measures to preserve farmland.

Meet the Team

Paul D'Agnolo
Office of Farmland Preservation Specialist
(564) 669-0972
Kate Delavan
Office of Farmland Preservation Coordinator

OFP Resources

Agricultural Easements
Farm Transition Planning
Mapping Crops & Parcels
Farmland Preservation Reports
Farmland Preservation Newsletter
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