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Agricultural Land Preservation Program

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Program Overview 
Established in 1994, the Washington County Agricultural Land Preservation Program, also known as the farmland preservation program, purchases agricultural easements on productive farms in Washington County. Landowners retain private ownership of the property and may still use, lease, or sell the property. Any new owner shall abide by the terms of the easement which limits subdivision, non-agricultural development, and other uses inconsistent with commercial agriculture.

Board Members 
The Washington County Agricultural Land Preservation Board is a seven-member board, appointed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners, to serve three-year terms. Representation includes three active farmers, one elected municipal official, one builder, and two members-at-large, in accordance with state law. Current board members are Bill Iams, Chairman; Wayne Hunnell, Vice Chairman; Jeremy Matinko, Treasurer; Bill Paxton; Earl Sadler; Rich Shriver; and Jason Ewart. 

Monthly Board Meetings  
Third Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m., unless noted below. 
     ⇒Tuesday, August 6, 2024, 10:30 a.m. 
Location: Washington County Conservation District, 50 Old Hickory Ridge Road, Washington, PA  15301

Program Status 
As of April 2024, the County Board has protected 49 Washington County farms covering 7,425 acres with perpetual agricultural conservation easements. Statewide, there are 6,364 preserved farms in 58 participating counties totaling 636,625 acres. 

Quick Links 
Washington County Farmland Preservation Policies and Bylaws
Landowner Application Packet
IRS W-9 Form 
Frequently Asked Questions

Helpful Resources 
PA Farm Link  
RCPP Farmland Preservation and Climate Change Mitigation Project 
Climate Smart Practices


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