The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program, or Farmland Preservation Program, was developed in 1988 to help slow the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses. The program enables state, county and local governments to purchase agricultural conservation easements from owners of quality farmland. Through the Farmland Preservation Program, the Fulton County Conservation District works closely with local farmers and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Farmland Preservation, to help preserve prime farmland in Fulton County.

An agricultural conservation easement is an interest in the land which represents the right to prevent development or improvement of a parcel for any purpose other than agricultural production. By voluntarily selling or donating agricultural conservation easements, the landowner prevents development of the land for purposes other than agriculture, while retaining ownership.

For more information about the Farmland Preservation Program, please contact Program Specialist, Seleen Shives, at 717-325-6093 or

Additional Links:

Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation
Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association