Governor McMaster Signs Land Preservation Act To Drastically Reduce Farmland Development in South Carolina

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In an attempt to curb the nonstop growth around our state, Governor McMaster just signed the Working Agricultural Lands Preservation Act (South Carolina General Bill HS951) that will preserve family farms and significantly limit agricultural land development.

The new law establishes a ‘Working Farmland Protection Fund’ to support landowners through voluntary conservation easements.

According to the SC Conservation Bank, more than 300,000 acres of farmland lost over the past 10 years due to development and urban sprawl.

Under the new law, landowners deriving at least half of their income from farmland can access matching grants for qualified projects, ensuring land remains in agricultural production. The Conservation Bank will assess eligibility based on various criteria and award assistance based on need going forward.

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