Agricultural Security Areas and Farmland Preservation
The Huntingdon County Conservation District Ag Land Preservation Application period is open until May 28, 2021. Please visit the District’s website for the application: http://huntingdoncd.org/agricultural-programs/agricultural-land-preservation.
Purpose of the ASA Program
According to the Agricultural Security Area Handbook, the Agricultural Security Area program began in 1981 as a tool for strengthening and protecting agriculture in Pennsylvania. Landowners initiate the process of establishing ASA’s in areas where the primary activity is agriculture. Participating farmers are entitled to special consideration from local and state government agencies, and other “nuisance” challenges, thus encouraging the continuing use of the land for productive agricultural purposes. Agricultural security areas are created by local municipalities in cooperation with individual landowners who agree to collectively place at least 250 acres in an agricultural security area.
More information is available on the Agricultural Security Area portion of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation Website.