Agricultural Land Preservation

Preserving farmland has traditionally been a high priority of conservation districts. Unfortunately, this important resource is experiencing increased pressure from commercial development and urban and suburban sprawl. Amendments to the state’s agricultural security area law allow conservation districts to be involved in administering the Farmland Preservation Program. This legislation allows the purchase of conservation easements that prevent the development or improvement of land for any purpose other than agricultural production.Conservation districts work with county agricultural land preservation boards to fulfill requirements enabling qualified landowners to sell the development rights on their agricultural land.

Agricultural Preservation Board

  • Chairman: Dave Whiting
  • Vice-Chair: Loren Elder
  • Treasurer: Penny Kretzer
  • Secretary: Helen Jackson
  • Director: Bill Allen

It is the responsibility of the Lawrence County Agricultural Land Preservation Board, in cooperation with County and State governments, to oversee and promote the purchase of the right to divert farmland for uses other than the production of agricultural productions, and engage in other activities that will facilitate the use and preservation of prime farmland for agricultural purposes.

For more information on the program:

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

To contact the Lawrence County Agricultural Preservation Board:

Dave Whiting
(724) 651-8910

Helen Jackson
(724) 535-7379