The minimum eligibility criteria to apply for an agricultural conservation easement are as follows:
- The land must be enrolled in an Agricultural Security Area (ASA) of 500 acres or more;
- Be contiguous acreage of at least 35 acres or more, unless the tract is at least 10 acres in size and either utilized for a crop unique to the area or is contiguous to a property which has a perpetual conservation easement in place;
- Contain at least 50% of Class I-IV soils;
- Contain the greater of 50% of harvested crop, pasture or grazing land.