Reports

Annual Reports, Program Data, and Policy Reports and Documents

The Foundation posts in this section of the website annual reports and other reports, data, and policy documents required by law or requested by the Board of Trustees, the Governor's Office, or members of the General Assembly that may be of general interest as they become available.



Annual Reports


Annual Reports include information on the operations of the Program; proposed regulations and policy changes; new legislation; the certification and recertification of local agricultural land preservation programs; and updated information on preserved acreage.

FY 2013 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2012 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2011 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2009-2010 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2008 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2008 Annual Report Front Cover (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2008 Annual Report Back Cover (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2008 Annual Report Map (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FYs 2003-2007 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2002 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2001 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 2000 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1999 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1998 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1997 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1996 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1995 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1994 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1993 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1992 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1992 Correction Insert for Page 31 (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1991 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1990 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1989 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1988 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1987 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1986 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1985 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1984 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1983 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1982 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1981 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1980 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
FY 1979 Annual Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)




Program Data



Acquisition values, acreage preserved, and other information will be posted as they become available. Please be aware that, as with all data, the data found here has its limitations and is subject to change.  The MALPF database is in the process of being thoroughly revised, including better and more accurate reporting functions.  Once the revised database is updated, populated, and the data verified, the reported program data will be reviewed for accuracy and updated.  For more information, see the discussion in: Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, Five-Year Annual Report, FYs 2003-2007, pages 165-167.

Annual Acreage Preserved

"Easement Participation" by fiscal year, presented in tabular form (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

These tables report the number of easements and the acreage they represent at the beginning of the fiscal year, how many easements offers were made and accepted and the acreage they represent from the funding available for that fiscal year, the acreage adjustments made during that fiscal year, and the cumulated number of easements and the acreage they represent at the end of the fiscal year.

Annual Acquisition Values

"Easement Acquisition" by fiscal year, presented in tabular form (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

These tables report the values and acquisition costs related to easements by fiscal year.  Specifically, the average asking prices, appraised fair market values, agricultural use values, easement values, and acquisition costs per acre are reported by county and statewide.  Also, the total discount realized between the easement value and acquisition value is reported by county and statewide.

Historical Data, FYs 1980-2009

Acreage preserved, values, discounting, and funding by fiscal year, presented in tabular form (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
Easement Acquisition Program, Values (Historical Perspective)
Acreage Preserved and Acquisition Funding (FYs 1980-2009)

These tables report the history of MALPF acreage, values, farm size, discounting, accepted and rejected offers, and funding by fiscal year from the beginning of the Program until the most recent reporting year.  The data reported here differs slightly from the data reported in the individual annual reports because of differences in when and how they were compiled.

Annual Agricultural District Acreage

"District Participation" by fiscal year, presented in tabular form (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

These tables report the number of agricultural districts and their acreage approved and terminated by fiscal year, by county, and by cumulative numbers.  Please note that State agricultural districts are no longer required as a prerequisite to apply to sell an easement to MALPF as of July 1, 2007.  MALPF no longer will establish new agricultural districts as of July 1, 2008. No State districts will be maintained after June 30, 2012, though individual counties have county district programs and may require a county agricultural district as a prerequisite for participation in the MALPF program.

Easement Acquisition Approvals and Settlements

"Settlements on Easement Properties" by the easement acquisition cycle (fiscal year), presented in tabular form (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

These tables report settlements on the acquisition of easements by the settlement date and include the date the offer was approved by the MALPF Board of Trustees, the date MALPF received the signed option contract, and the date of the approval of that contract by the Maryland Board of Public Works.  These tables also report the original application acreage, the approved offer amount, the final settlement acreage, and the final settlement amount. The initial acreage and offer may differ from the final acreage and settlement payment because applications and offers must rely on information in existing deeds and tax records. When property descriptions are inadequate, properties must be surveyed or descriptions otherwise confirmed, which may result in a different settlement acreage and amount.

This data will differ from that reported in the end-of-year tables and the Annual Report because it represents more current information incorporating adjustments in acreage and settlement payments and rejections and withdrawals of offers that occur after the end-of-year reports are completed. These adjustments (and others, such as lot releases) are corrected in subsequent annual reports and end-of-year tables.

These tables report days from the acceptance of the offer by the landowner(s) until settlement. The number of days it takes to go to settlement can vary widely because of title issues, such as an inadequate property description or the need to obtain subordinations, because of the inclusion of federal matching funds, because of installment purchase agreement arrangements, and for other reasons. Because of the 2008 Federal Farm Bill (see 7 USC 879 ff.), property settlements including federal matching funds cannot report any geospatial or operational information on the subject farms (in these tables, that means acreage). Information on new settlements will be updated as it becomes available and staff has time to do the updates. Similarly, older information will be posted when staff has time to compile the information for web presentation. When the final property has settled from an easement acquisition cycle, the table will be labelled as "FINAL." As of October 28, 2010, the 2007 and 2008 easement acquisition cycle tables are "final."

Properties may have gone to settlement before the most recent revision of the table without MALPF being informed of the settlement until after the update is posted. All offers have been made for the FY 2009/10 easement acquisition cycle; sixty-five of seventy offers have gone to settlement as of January 21, 2011. Of the four offers made after the FY 2009/10 easement acqusition cycle closed, three have gone to settlement.




Reports Required by Legislative Mandate


Critical Farms Report (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)

At the direction of Chapter 155, Laws of Maryland 2005, the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation and the Maryland Department of Planning proposed a statewide Critical Farms Program in this Critical Farms Report submitted to the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly in January 2007.  The Program would provide interim or emergency financing for easement acquisition or fee simple acquisition and resale with easement to permanently protect critical farms otherwise likely to be sold for nonagricultural uses.
 
To set up the Program, the General Assembly should pass legislation to:
•    fully authorize the creation and implementation of a Critical Farms Program by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation;
•    authorize the expenditure of funds by the Foundation for the Critical Funds Program; and
•    provide funds for a Critical Farms Revolving Account.
 
The funding recommendations for the Critical Farms Program are:
•    Create a MALPF Critical Farms Revolving Account by legislation in 2007 (Appendix 1) and provide funding of $4 million annually for four years for a total Revolving Account of $16 million.
•    Determine how best to provide funding for the Program.  The recommendation of this report is to commit $4 million annually for four years from general funds under the discretionary authorization of the Agricultural Stewardship Act of 2006. Other options for the Governor and General Assembly to consider include, but are not limited to, the following: the Foundation's share of any over-attainment in revenues from the Real Estate transfer taxes and/or any additional funding sources that may be established by the Governor and Legislature, including those recommended by the MALPF Task Force in its Final Report of January 2005.
•    Provide in legislation the possibility of providing additional funds to the Program in the future in response to a documented need based on increased demand and/or increased acquisition costs.  Additional funding may come from the initial funding sources or from other fund sources, such as the future repayment to MALPF of Real Estate transfer tax revenues transferred to the general fund passed by the General Assembly in Senate Bill 305 (2005).

MALPF Task Force:  Final Report to the 2005 Maryland General Assembly, January 2005 (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
MALPF Task Force:  Interim Report to the 2003 Maryland General Assembly, January 2003 (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)
MALPF Task Force:  Initial Report to the 2002 Maryland General Assembly, August 2001 (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)

The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Task Force was established by House Bill 740 in the 2000 Session of the General Assembly.  The membership was composed on appointments by the Senate and House of Delegates, the Governor, and ex officio members designated by statute.  The Task Force was recommissioned by Senate Bill 544 of the 2002 Session of the General Assembly.
 
The Task Force's charge has been to study the current program and practices of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation; study its financial standing; review its funding sources and levels; and make recommendations to improve the Program, practices, and financial standing of the Foundation.  The 2002 recommission charged the Task Force to study and make recommendations for guidlines for farmland preservation acreage goals; the creation of priority preservation areas; increased funding from new sources targeted to priority preservation areas; other revenue sources for farmland preservation to achieve its statutory goals; the creation and funding of a critical farms program; changes in provisions about tenant houses; the current and alternative easement valuation systems; an installment purchase agreement program; and other appropriate changes to strengthen the Program.

The Final Report was issued in January of 2005.  The Task Force's activities have now been completed.

Elimination of Districts from the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program – (January 2007) (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)

At the direction of the General Assembly contained in Section 3 of House Bill 769 (2006), in accordance with Section 2-1246 of the State Government Article, this report was submitted to the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly in January 2007.
 
This report provides a recommended sequence of actions and legislation to eliminate districts from the MALPF program, including:
·          An implementation timeline;
·          Statutory language for the repeal and reenactment of Sections 2-509 and 2-510 of the Agriculture Article, including the removal of the requirement for districts from the easement application process to become effective July 1, 2007, and the elimination of districts from the program to become effective June 30, 2008;
·          A process for county and State approval of easement applications;
·          A provision for optional county districts;
·          A provision that requires participating counties to establish a right-to-farm ordinance;
·          A provision that prohibits properties from being developed or subdivided during the easement application process; and
·          A provision that allows for the continuation of tax credits for existing districts.

Sand and Gravel Pilot Program:  Report of the Steering Committee to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation – (January 2004) (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)

The Sand and Gravel Pilot Program and Report were commissioned in 1999 by Senate Bill 572.  The bill authorized the Foundation to establish a pilot program to determine the impact of sand and gravel extraction on agricultural practices and after-mining agricultural productivity, particularly because such extraction affects MALPF district and easement properties.  A steering committee was convened in August, 1999, with representation from the Foundation's Board of Trustees and staff, the aggregates industry, Maryland Department of the Environment, local Soil Conservation Districts, Maryland Natural Resources Conservation Services, and the University of Maryland.  This is the committee's final report.



Historical Documents and Reports


Interim Report of the Committee on Preservation of Agricultural Land – (November 15, 1973) (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)

Final Report of the Committee on Preservation of Agricultural Land – (August 12, 1974) (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)



Other Reports and Documents


Maryland's Land Conservation Programs:  Protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed – Governor Ehrlich's Land Preservation Policy (December 2003) (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)

This Report was commissioned by Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., in 2003.  Following the Governor's directive, the Report was written under the leadership of the Department of Natural Resources with substantial participation from other agencies in Maryland with interests in land preservation.  After being reviewed by the Governor's Office, the Report was issued as a statement of the Governor's priorities to be pursued by Maryland's land conservation programs.  This Report provides an overview of the range of State land conservation programs, a summary of their accomplishments, and a statement of the Governor's principles to guide and focus the implementation of the State's land conservation programs on preserving the Chesapeake Bay and land critical to the State's most important resource-based industries, such as agriculture.

Report on the Aging of Rural Agricultural and Open Space Landowners and the Potential Impact of Aging Landowners on Land Conservation Goals (March 2008) (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)

At the fall 2007 hearing of the Joint Subcommittee on Open Space/Agricultural Preservation, Senator Middleton, Subcommittee Chair, expressed concerns to agency staff about the potential impact of an aging "baby boom" generation on Maryland’s farmland and open space. The discussion at the hearing centered on the determining if there is a correlation between a generation of rural landowners reaching retirement age and a subsequent accelerated loss of open space and farmland. Three agencies – Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Maryland Department of Planning – undertook the responsibility to make the initial investigation of the reality of this concern. This report was presented at a follow-up meeting of the Joint Subcommittee in March of 2008.

Map of Protected Lands in Maryland – (September 2007) (Adobe Acrobat/.pdf format)

This map was produced by the Maryland Department of Planning (Graham Petto) to illustrate the distribution of MALPF easements, public open space, and other easements in Maryland.  This map is for illustrative purposes only.



These are public documents and are provided for general information purposes only.




maryland.gov MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Martin O'Malley, Governor
Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor
Earl F. Hance, Secretary
Mary Ellen Setting, Deputy Secretary

Last revision: February 4, 2014

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