The location of prime agricultural land may be determined using maps available from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as U.S. Census Urbanized Area maps and USGS topographic maps.
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Does the project affect prime and unique farmland, or other farmland of statewide or local importance?
Threshold: A finding of compliance with the requirements of the Farmland Protection Policy Act of 1981 (7 U.S.C. 4201 et seq.) must be made for assisted new construction activities and the acquisition of undeveloped land.
Documentation: Grantees are to select either A_ or B_ for the condition that best describes their project and document the source of the information.
- The proposed project site includes farmland and the grantee has requested an evaluation of land type from NRCS using form AD 1006 and has provided the resultant rating to HUD.
- The grantee provides HUD with a finding from the local planning agency which states that the proposed project site does not include prime or unique farmland, or other farmland of statewide or local importance as identified by the Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), or the project site includes prime farmland but is located in an area committed to urban development or water storage.