What is an agricultural conservation easement?
Why would a landowner want to sell an agricultural conservation easement?
Eligibility Requirements for State Funding:
The State Agricultural Land Preservation Board has established minimum eligibility requirements for participation in the farmland preservation program. Farmland tracts must:
Eligibility Requirements for County Funding:
The Lehigh County Agricultural Land Preservation Board will consider farms that do not meet all of the above State minimum criteria for 100% County funded agricultural easement purchases. The minimum criteria for 100% Lehigh County-Funded Easement Purchases are as follows:
1. The farmland tract must be enrolled in an agricultural security area.
2. The farmland tract must be at least 10 acres in size.
3. For farmland tracts between 10 and 19.99 acres, 50% more of the tract must be cropland or pasture. For farmland tracts 20 acres or larger 40% of the tract must be cropland or pasture.
4. Contain at least 40% of soils which are available for agricultural production and are of capability classes I-IV, as defined by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Landowners interested in completing an application can get the application here: application
or call the office for an application at 610-391-9583 x 14
The deadline for new applications is July 1st of each year.