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Attention Union County Farmland Owners:

November 30, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Attention Union County Farmland Owners:

Applications for the 2018 Union County Ag-Land Preservation Program are being accepted until January 31, 2018. The Ag-Land Preservation Program is a State and County-run program that purchases development rights from landowners in order to protect farmland for future food production and open space preservation. This method of preserving farmland allows landowners to receive compensation for keeping their land in farming. The price paid for these rights is based on the difference between the whole farm-development market value and the farmland market value. For the year 2017 purchase period, easement purchases in Union County ranged from $2650 to $2750 per acre. Base prices are determined by a certified appraisal. A locally appointed board of directors guides the program, and establishes the methodology of prioritizing farms and the purchase price of development rights. In order to qualify, farms must be in a duly recorded Ag. Security Area, have at least 50 acres (unless contiguous to other approved preserved land), and meet soil quality parameters as required by state regulations. A farm must have a current erosion and sedimentation or conservation plan, and a manure management or nutrient management plan to apply.

As you may be aware, the Union County Ag-Land Preservation Board purchases easements through a very competitive and limited program. However, you may not be aware that the program also accepts donations of agricultural conservation easements. We will be accepting donations during this same timeframe and this is a way to have peace of mind that your farm will remain farmland.

Contact Cindy Kahley, Union County Conservation District, at 155 North 15th St., Lewisburg, Pa., or call 570-524-3860 for more information or to pick up an application.

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Start:
November 30 @ 8:00 am
End:
January 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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