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DIVISION 10.2. AGRICULTURAL LAND STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM OF 1995 [10200 - 10277]

  ( Division 10.2 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. )

CHAPTER 1. General Provisions [10200 - 10227]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 3. Definitions [10210 - 10224]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. )

10210.
  

Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions in this article govern the construction of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996.)

10211.
  

“Agricultural conservation easement” or “easement” means an interest in land, less than fee simple, which represents the right to prevent the development or improvement of the land, as specified in Section 815.1 of the Civil Code, for any purpose other than agricultural production. The easement shall be granted for the California Farmland Conservancy Program by the owner of a fee simple interest in land to any of the organizations or entities specified in Section 815.3 of the Civil Code. It shall be granted in perpetuity as the equivalent of covenants running with the land.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 469, Sec. 7. (SB 785) Effective January 1, 2020.)

10212.
  

“Applicant” means a city, county, nonprofit organization, resource conservation district, or a regional park or open-space district or regional park or open-space authority that has the conservation of farmland among its stated purposes, as prescribed by statute, or as expressed in the entity’s locally adopted policies, that applies for a grant authorized pursuant to this division.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 616, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2003.)

10213.
  

(a) “Agricultural land” means prime farmland, farmland of statewide importance, unique farmland, farmland of local importance, and commercial grazing land as defined in the Guidelines for the Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program, pursuant to Section 65570 of the Government Code.

(b) In those areas of the state where lands have not been surveyed for classification pursuant to subdivision (a), land shall meet the requirements of “prime agricultural land” as set forth in subdivision (c) of Section 51201 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996.)

10214.
  

“Department” means the Department of Conservation.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996.)

10215.
  

“Director” means the Director of Conservation.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996.)

10216.
  

“Fund” means the California Farmland Conservancy Program Fund created pursuant to Section 10230.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 503, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2000.)

10218.
  

“Husbandry practices” means agricultural activities, such as those specified in subdivision (e) of Section 3482.5 of the Civil Code, conducted or maintained for commercial purposes in a manner consistent with proper and accepted customs and standards, as established and followed by similar agricultural operations in the same locality.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 83, Sec. 167. Effective January 1, 2000.)

10219.
  

“Local government” means a city or county.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996.)

10220.
  

“Local government program” means the policies and implementation measures of a local government to conserve agricultural land.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996.)

10221.
  

“Nonprofit organization” means any private nonprofit organization which has among its purposes the conservation of agricultural lands, and holds a tax exemption as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and further qualifies as an organization under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) or 170(h)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996.)

10222.
  

“Program” means the California Farmland Conservancy Program established under this division.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 503, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2000.)

10223.
  

“Secretary” means the Secretary of the Resources Agency.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 931, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996.)

10224.
  

“Resource conservation district” means a resource conservation district established pursuant to Division 9 (commencing with Section 9000).

(Added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 503, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2000.)

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