Agricultural Land Preservation Board
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 56 farms in seven townships—bringing its total acreage for preserved farms to 8,300 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.
The Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board meets at 7:30 pm the fourth Thursday of the month, except when otherwise noted. The next meeting will be held at 7:30 pm Thursday, September 23, in Room 146 of the Willowbank Building, 420 Holmes Street, Bellefonte.
The agenda and a remote meeting link will be provided here one week prior to the meeting.
No meeting is scheduled in August because of the Centre County Grange Fair and Penn State's Ag Progress Days.
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.
|Members||Member Category||Term Expires|
|Joseph Homan||Other||August 31, 2022|
|Dennis E. Buffington||Municipal Official||August 31, 2023|
|Thomas E. Boldin, Treasurer||Farmer||August 31, 2022|
|Carl V. Homan, Secretary||Farmer||August 31, 2022|
|Ronald J. Hoover||Farmer||August 31, 2024|
|Ralph Wheland||Other||August 31, 2023|
|Vacant||Other||August 31, 2023|
|Thomas F. Songer, III, Vice Chair||Contractor||August 31, 2024|
|Cindy B. Harding, Chair||Farmer||August 31, 2024|
|Commissioner Mark Higgins||Ex Officio|