Agricultural Land Preservation Board

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The creation of the Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board in August 1989 signified the County’s full-scale commitment to Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program. The Centre County Commissioners appointed nine members to the Board in accordance with the provisions contained within Agricultural Area Security Law, PA Act 43 as amended. Since that time, the Commissioners have continued to support the program by providing staff support and matching funds for the purchase of agricultural land conservation easements. To date, the county’s agricultural land preservation program has preserved 53 farms in seven townships—bringing its total acreage for preserved farms to 8,023 acres.

Goals and Objectives

  • Administer a program for purchasing agricultural conservation easements in accordance with Act 43 of 1981 as amended and 7 Pa Code 138.
  • Preserve the prime agricultural soils of Centre County by purchasing, in the name of the County, or jointly with a Local Government Unit and/or the Commonwealth, agricultural conservation easements within Agricultural Security Areas.
  • Promote efforts to support the agricultural community in Centre County.
  • Encourage the use of additional farmland preservation techniques through public and private organizations in Centre County.

Meeting Schedule

The Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board meets at 7:30 pm the fourth Thursday of the month.

The meeting scheduled for September 24, 2020, has been CANCELLED because of a lack of agenda items. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be October 22, 2020.

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Membership

The nine members appointed by the Board of Commissioners include four farmers, one township supervisor or borough council member, one commercial, industrial or residential building contractor, and three other members.

Term Length

3 Years

Current Members

MembersMember CategoryTerm Expires
Joseph HomanOtherAugust 31, 2022
Dennis E. BuffingtonMunicipal OfficialAugust 31, 2020
Thomas E. Boldin, TreasurerFarmerAugust 31, 2022
Carl V. Homan, SecretaryFarmerAugust 31, 2022
Ronald J. HooverFarmerAugust 31, 2021
Norman Lathbury, ChairOtherAugust 31, 2020
Frederick G. MooreOtherAugust 31, 2020
Thomas F. Songer, IIIContractorAugust 31, 2021
Cindy B. Harding, Vice ChairFarmerAugust 31, 2021
Commissioner Mark HigginsEx Officio