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The Texas farm and ranch Lands conservation Program is not a land trust.

The program was created to facilitate acquisitions of development rights on agricultural land. The General Land Office works to secure this funding through federal, state and private sources.

When funds are available, a request for applications will be posted on this page.

Any owner of farm or ranch acreage in Texas may apply for funding. Applications are made through the partnership of a landowner and a land trust chosen by the landowner.

Terms may be included in the easement to prohibit transfer to government ownership in the event that the land trust is unable to continue as the holder.


Any owner of farm or ranch acreage in Texas who might be interested in discussing the voluntary landowner agreement process may contact the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program.

Contracts are awarded after review of certain criteria set forth by the statute.

The GLO works to secure funding from federal, state and private sources to facilitate acquisitions of development rights on agricultural land. Prior to entering any contract proceedings, landowners are always advised to obtain legal consultation as well as advice from a certified public accountant.

If your property is in a coastal county, please contact our office and we will go through the application process with you. Although applications are always accepted, they are reviewed prior to a Council meeting. Those dates will be posted in this space.

» Application Form & Guidance Document (.pdf)

» 2014 Request For Applications (.pdf)

» Texas Coast: Priority Conservation Areas (map)

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The Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program is currently soliciting Request for Applications to utilize $1,419,033.00 of Coastal Impact Assistant Program (CIAP) funds which are available for agricultural conservation easements on private property currently under agricultural production.  Conservations easements funded through CIAP funds will be for a perpetual term.

All applications should be submitted to the Texas General Land Office on or before 5:00 PM on July 31, 2014.