Agricultural Land Preservation Board


The creation of the Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board in August 1989 signified the County’s full-scale commitment to Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program. The Centre County Commissioners appointed nine members to the Board in accordance with the provisions contained within Agricultural Area Security Law, PA Act 43 as amended. Since that time, the Commissioners have continued to support the program by providing staff support and matching funds for the purchase of agricultural land conservation easements. To date, the county’s agricultural land preservation program has preserved 56 farms in seven townships—bringing its total acreage for preserved farms to 8,300 acres.

Goals and Objectives

  • Administer a program for purchasing agricultural conservation easements in accordance with Act 43 of 1981 as amended and 7 Pa Code 138.
  • Preserve the prime agricultural soils of Centre County by purchasing, in the name of the County, or jointly with a Local Government Unit and/or the Commonwealth, agricultural conservation easements within Agricultural Security Areas.
  • Promote efforts to support the agricultural community in Centre County.
  • Encourage the use of additional farmland preservation techniques through public and private organizations in Centre County.

Meeting Schedule

The Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board (ALPB) meeting scheduled for 7:30 pm on Thursday, December 16, 2021, has been cancelled because of a lack of new business items. The ALPB typically meets at 7:30 pm the fourth Thursday of the month, except when otherwise noted.  An organizational meeting is scheduled for 7:30 pm Thursday, January 27, 2022, in Room 146 at the Willowbank Building, 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, PA 16823.


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The nine members appointed by the Board of Commissioners include four farmers, one township supervisor or borough council member, one commercial, industrial or residential building contractor, and three other members.

Term Length

3 Years

Current Members

MembersMember CategoryTerm Expires
Joseph HomanOtherAugust 31, 2022
Dennis E. BuffingtonMunicipal OfficialAugust 31, 2023
Thomas E. Boldin, TreasurerFarmerAugust 31, 2022
Vacant, SecretaryFarmerAugust 31, 2022
Ronald J. HooverFarmerAugust 31, 2024
Ralph WhelandOtherAugust 31, 2023
VacantOtherAugust 31, 2023
Thomas F. Songer, III, Vice ChairContractorAugust 31, 2024
Cindy B. Harding, ChairFarmerAugust 31, 2024
Commissioner Mark HigginsEx Officio