York County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program is currently receiving applications for their 2022-2023 preservation program. Applications for farms can be submitted through February 15, 2022, for the ranking process. The highest-scoring farms will be offered for preservation.
Qualifying farms should be a minimum of fifty acres in size or adjacent to another preserved property, and must meet program requirements regarding soil quality, production and other criteria. Landowners should submit their completed application (available at yorkcountypa.gov), and can consult with the Program staff office at 2401 Pleasant Valley Road, or at (717)-840-7400 for details and requirements.
The York County Agricultural Land Program has preserved over 45,000 acres of farm and natural lands for the benefit of agriculture and for future residents of our county. Over 300 preserved farms participate in the program supported by Pennsylvania and York County public resources. Director Patricia McCandless, Preservation Specialist David Boose, and Preservation Monitor Marty Druck manage the program. Each are happy to assist interested applicants.
Landowners entering their property into the Preservation program receive compensation of up to $3,000 per acre and can obtain unique protections under PA law. Those applying should consult with their legal and tax counselors to make the best decision for application guidelines, as well the tax implications for conservation easement income. CGA Law Firm supports the good work of the York County Agricultural Land Program, and we will be happy to assist and advise interested applicants.
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