Preserving farmland today, protecting our future

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2019 Meeting Dates: March 21, June 20, August 15 and November 21 at 1:00 PM
Location: Stoll Natural Resource Center, 200 Lake Road, Towanda, PA 18848

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December 5, 2018
243 acres of farmland preserved in Bradford County
Board of Directors

Farmer Directors
Brian Zeidner - Chairman
Roy Thomas
Bill Houseknecht
Brian Moyer

Elected Official Member
Marvin Meteer

Contractor Member
Krystle Bristol

At Large Members
Nicole Harris
Erin Cole
Raul Azpiazu

Farmland Preservation

The Daily Review  January 7, 2018
Sustaining heritage: Conservation District seeks to preserve Bradford County agriculture land
Morning Ag Clips  November 15, 2017
161 acres of farmland preserved in Bradford County
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in Bradford County! 
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     FACTS
 
  • Since its beginning, the Bradford County Agricultural Land Preservation Program has allocated over $3 million dollars protecting farmland and the future of our counties agricultural heritage.
     
  • Bradford County's Agricultural Land Preservation Program and Board were established by the County Commissioners in 2001.
     
  • As of 2018, 17 farms have been protected, totaling over 4,146 acres.
     
  • There are a total of 33 Agricultural Security Areas (ASA) located within Bradford County.
     
  • The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program was developed in 1988 under an amendment to the ASA Law, Act 43 of 1981. This program is currently funded by a 2 cent tax per pack of cigarettes sold in the state, which annually generates approximately $20 million.
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 enviorment.
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Minimum Criteria for Applications

2019
APPLICATION
Farmland Preservaation FAQ's
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.state.pa.us  click on Programs then search by Program Name for "Agricultural Security Area (ASA)"

For more information about the Farmland Preservation Program Contact:
Amy Kneller
570-485-3119
[email protected]