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Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Newsletter Fall 2019
Our mission is to strengthen communication with farmers throughout Centre County. This first issue of our newsletter featured the Centre County’s Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program and the PA Farm Bill. Signed by Governor Tom Wolf in July 2019, the Farm Bill funds programs to help farmers who will be transitioning to new owners or operators, as well as support qualified beginning farmers.

Centre County Preserved Farms
Since 1991, Centre County has completed 53 easements and preserved  8,023 acres of farmland.

Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation News Update 
Featuring Public Officials Day presentations at the PA Farm Show, as well as an opportunity for preserved farm landowners to apply for state Farm Vitality Planning grants, aimed at helping to offset the cost of professional planning services.

Stewards of Our Farmland presentation
A visual tour of Centre County’s preserved farmland in Benner, Ferguson, Harris, Marion, Potter, Spring and Walker townships.

News Releases

2020

Centre County’s agricultural easement program preserves 53rd farm
The Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board on January 7 officially preserved 234.35 additional acres of farmland, bringing its total acreage for preserved farms to 8,023 acres.

Farming News from around the State

Pennsylvania Adds 39 Farms, 2,848 Acres to Nation-Leading Farmland Preservation Program
The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board on February 20, 2020 approved easements on the J. Roy Campbell and Galen and Katherine McWilliams farms in Ferguson Township. Together, these parcels add 182 acres to Centre County’s preserved farmland.

What does the future of farming in Pennsylvania look like?
Pennsylvania is investing in helping farmers who will be transitioning to new owners and operators, 
as well as qualified new and beginning farmers. 

10 numbers that show how much farmland we’re losing to development
"What’s new ... is the discovery that the development isn’t coming only from urban areas expanding outwards – rural areas are also losing farmland rapidly."

Make rural Pennsylvania’s voice heard in the Census 2020, which opens April 1
USDA grants are based on census data.

Resources for Farmers

PA Department of Agriculture
Learn how the PA Farm Bill works for you.

PA Bureau of Farmland Preservation
Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of farms and acres permanently preserved for agricultural production. The program guarantees a future food supply and contributes to a healthier economy. 

Beginning Farmers
This webpage dedicated to the Beginner Farmer Realty Transfer Tax Exemption (Act 13 of 2019) includes basic information about the program, frequently asked questions, and associated forms.

Succession Planning
The Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program helps fund professional services for those planning for the future of a farm. 

Upcoming Events for Farmers

February 28
PA Veteran Farming Conference

March 11 - 12
2020 Western Pennsylvania 23rd Annual Spring Grazing Conference

If you have questions about resources for farmers, contact Diana Griffith, Centre County Ag Land Preservation Coordinator, at dlgriffith@centrecountypa.gov or (814) 355-6791.