Farmland Preservation Publication Archive
PACE Program Guide
A guide to preserving farmland in Centre County through Pennsylvania's Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program.
As we invest in preserving our prime farmland, it's equally important that we invest in stewarding that land and protecting our soil
We hosted our first ever event for our preserved farm landowners and farmland preservation applicants at one of our preserved farms, the Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery, in Ferguson Township on September 13. The subject was soil health, with a focus on cover cropping and pest management. Sponsored in partnership with the Centre County Conservation District, the event was supported by an American Farmland Trust grant. The evening’s emcee was Devyn McPheeters, nutrient management technician with the Centre County Conservation District, who was joined by three specialists in soil health.
Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation News Update ~ Spring 2022
This issue of our farmland preservation newsletter encourages our preserved farm landowners to schedule their annual inspections and invites them to a free Soil Health Workshop at the Happy Valley Winery on September 13, 2022. This workshop (and the printing and mailing of this newsletter) are supported by an American Farmland Trust grant to promote soil health. We have included a survey to assess their interest in attending the workshop and how we can support their soil health goals. We included a postage-paid envelope in our landowner mailing as a convenience to encourage them to return their soil health surveys to us by July 15.
This issue also advises our farmers how to update their conservation plans and introduces them to Devyn McPheeters of the Conservation District as our partner in conservation plan assistance.
Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation News ~ Winter 2022
Centre County’s agricultural easement program preserves 56th farm
The Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board on January 13 officially preserved 82 additional acres of farmland, bringing its total acreage for preserved farms to 8,300 acres.
Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation News Update March 2020
This issue features the PASA Sustainable Agriculture Conference, the PA Farm Bill, and other resources for farmers.
Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation News Update January 2020
Featuring Public Officials Day presentations at the PA Farm Show, as well as an opportunity for preserved farm landowners to apply for state Farm Vitality Planning grants, aimed at helping to offset the cost of professional planning services.
Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Newsletter Fall 2019
Our mission is to strengthen communication with farmers throughout Centre County. This first issue of our newsletter featured the Centre County’s Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program and the PA Farm Bill. Signed by Governor Tom Wolf in July 2019, the Farm Bill funds programs to help farmers who will be transitioning to new owners or operators, as well as support qualified beginning farmers.