Preserving farmland today, protecting our future
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Brian Zeidner - Chairman
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2020 Meeting Dates: March 18th, June 17th, August 19th, November 18th at 1:00 PM
Location: Stoll Natural Resource Center, 200 Lake Road, Towanda PA 18848
The missions of the Program and Board is to protect viable agricultural land and preserve farming heritage and opportunity for the future through the purchase of agricultural conservation easements.
Pennsylvania Agricultural Statistics have shown a steady decrease in the size and number of farms in Bradford County since the turn of the century. At the same time, there has been an increase in development.
One factor is the trend toward bigger residential lots away from urban centers. This often puts increasing pressure on farmers to sell out due to the dissimilarity between the agricultural value of their land and the higher development value. With that, the viability of agriculture, it's economy, and many other value associated with a farm community hang in the balance.
WHY IS PRESERVING FARMLAND IMPORTANT?
1. Farmland is a rapidly disappearing resource.
2. Local farms provide fresh food at a reasonable cost.
3. Protecting local farmland keeps property taxes down.
4. Preserved farmland protects local scenery and promotes local tourism.
5. Local farm businesses support farm and farm related jobs.
6. Locally protected farms benefit the environment.
Minimum Criteria for Applications
1. The farm must be located in a duly recorded agricultural security area which has at least 500 acres enrolled.
2. The farm must contain at least 50% of soils which are available for agricultural production and are of Land Capability Classes I-IV as defined by the USDA-NRCS.
3. The farm must contain the greater of 50% or 10 acres of harvested cropland, pasture or grazing lands.
4. Be contiguous acreage of at least 50 acres in size unless the tract is at least 10 acres in size and is either utilized for a crop unique to the area or is contiguous to a property which has a perpetual conservation easement in place which is held by a "qualified conservation organization" as that term is defined at section 170(h)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C.A § 170(h)(3)).
For more information about Agricultural Security Areas visit http://www.agriculture.pa.gov click on Programs then search by Program Name for "Agricultural Security Area (ASA)"