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The Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA), codified in 7 USC 4201 through 4209, requires federal agencies to identify and take into account the adverse effects of their programs on the preservation of farmland. Agencies also need to consider alternative actions, as appropriate, to lessen potential adverse effects, and ensure that administered federal programs, to the extent practicable, are compatible with state, local government, and private programs and policies to protect farmland.

Environmental practitioners use these tools to meet the environmental compliance obligations of the FPPA. Questions? Contact Ecological Resources staff at (512) 416-2661.

You may download the software (Tools and Plug-Ins) needed to access forms or view frequently asked questions (Online Forms FAQs).

Title Date Description Format
Environmental Handbook for Farmland Protection Policy Act
04/14 Outlines the regulatory background and documentation requirements necessary to prepare project-specific, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation compliant with the FPPA

Additional Resources

Title Date Description Format
U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmland Conversion Impact Rating (AD-1006)   Used to record and communicate project specific data for non‑corridor projects that impact potentially protected farmland
Farmland Conversion Impact Rating for Corridor Type Projects (NRCS-CPA-106)   Used to record and communicate project specific data for corridor type projects that impact potentially protected farmland
7 CFR 657: Prime and Unique Farmlands   Codifies, in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the NRCS regulations for determining the best land for producing food, feed, fiber forage and oilseed crop, and identifying prime and unique farmlands
7 CFR 658: Farmland Protection Policy Act   Requires federal agencies to use the criteria to identify and take into account the adverse effects of their programs on the preservation of farmland; consider alternative actions, as appropriate, to lessen adverse effects; and ensure that programs, to the extent practicable, are compatible with state and units of local government and private programs and policies to protect farmland
Natural Resources Conservation Service Web Soil Survey   Provides an interactive mapping tool with soil data and information and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world
Soil Survey Manual   Provides the major principles and practices for making and using soil surveys and for assembling and using related data; primarily for use by soil scientists who classify and map soils and interpret soil surveys
Part 523 – Farmland Protection Policy Act Manual, Subpart A – General Information   Guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) FPPA Manual
National Soil Survey Handbook   Provides operational and procedural guidance for conducting the NRCS portion of the National Cooperative Soil Survey program

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