Farmland Preservation program accepting applications

The Bradford County Agricultural Land Preservation Board recently announced they would be accepting new or updated farmland preservation applications between Jan. 1, 2021 and Jan. 31, 2021. 

The goal of the Farmland Preservation Program is to protect viable agricultural land and preserve farming opportunities for the future through the purchase of agricultural conservation easements.  

Minimum requirements for applications include the following: Land must be located in a duly recorded Agricultural Security Area which has at least 500 acres enrolled. Farms must contain at least 50% of soils, which are available for agricultural production and are of Land Capability Classes I through IV, as defined by USDA NRCS. Farms must contain the greater of 50% or 10 acres of harvested cropland, pasture or grazing lands. Farms must contain 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. 

Applications are available for pickup at the Bradford County Conservation District, located at 200 Lake Rd. in Wysox, Pa., or can be found online at www.bccdpa.com/farmland-preservation. 

For further information, call (570) 485-3119 or email to amy.kneller@pa.nacdnet.net. 

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