Farmland Conservation Easements 101


Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Location: Online

Organization hosting this event: Liberty Prairie Foundation

Price $10.00

If you’re a farmland owner or a farmer looking for land, there’s a legal tool you should know about – the farmland conservation easement. 

If you are a landowner, a farmland conservation easement could help you to preserve farmland that is a family legacy. If you own the land you farm, an easement could also help you generate funds to reinvest in your farm operation and work out the best possible succession arrangement. 

If you are a farmer who doesn’t own land, the farmland conservation easement can, in many cases (especially near urban areas), make a farmland purchase more affordable for you to buy.

So join us on Thursday, October 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Zoom to learn more about farmland conservation easements. 

In this webinar, Emy Brawley and Aimee Collins of The Conservation Fund will introduce you to the basic concepts of farmland conservation easements and how they work. They will then take you into a deeper dive into the many practical details of implementing one if you are a farmland owner. What, for example, can you and can you not restrict in the language of the easement? What exactly are the potential financial benefits? Emy and Aimee will also explain what farmers need to know about farming on land that has an easement.  

We’ll then move from theory to practice. Linda Balek from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC) – an organization that holds conservation easements – will talk about TLC’s relationship with farmland owners and farm tenants on farmland TLC has conserved with easements.

Finally, you’ll hear about how The Conservation Fund and its partners are expanding the use of farmland conservation easements in Illinois as a way to make land more affordable and to build the resiliency of our local food systems.

Register HERE. $10/person. If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan at