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.
|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|
|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|