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Agricultural Land Preservation
Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District > Agricultural Land Preservation

 General Information

The agricultural land preservation program is an easement program that receives funds from the county, state and sometimes the Federal level. Farmers who qualify have their development rights purchased by the county.

The Snyder County Agricultural Land Preservation Board (SCALPB) is the county organization that sets up guidelines for easement qualification and decides how the easements will be distributed. These guidelines, as well as minimum criteria from the state, determine the ranking system used in the preservation program.

A list of the current SCALPB members can be downloaded off of this web page.

You may relay questions regarding this program to our District Manager, Jason Winey, at 570-837-3000, x112 or Lauren Maguire, Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114.

UPDATE: SCALPB had accepted applications during the month of April 2018. Interested persons picked up applications at the Snyder County Conservation District office. The deadline to submit was April 30, 2018.

Before 2018, SCALPB last accepted applications in July 2013. After going through the ranking process, SCALPB has chosen two farms to preserve. (Please go to the January 2014 update announcement for details.)

 Other Information

Landowners wishing to apply, whenever applications become available, must meet the following minimum requirements: (as of 2010)

  • The farm must be listed in an approved agricultural security area.
  • A minimum of 35 acres must be submitted.
  • At least half of the acreage must be in crop or pasture land.
  • The entire parcel as described by the deed must be submitted.
  • The farm must have at least 50% of soils capability Classes I through IV.      

Farms are scored on site location criteria and soils criteria. The site criteria includes development pressure, farmland potential, and clustering potential.  The soils criteria is based on its potential farmland productivity.


The landowner must be prepared to submit a tax map and a schedule F tax form with the application


Note: Stay tuned to find out when the next round of applications will become available.

 Contact Information

Snyder County Conservation District
10541 Route 522
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: (570) 837-3000
Fax: (570) 837-7300
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 AG Land Preservation Downloads

 AG Land Preservation Notes