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 by helping landowners steward their farms, adhere to the requirements of their easements, and plan for transitions in their farming operations.
- Encourage the use of additional farmland preservation techniques through public and private organizations in Centre County.
Agricultural Preservation Coordinator
Email Diana Griffith
The Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board typically meets at 7:30 pm the fourth Thursday of the month, except when otherwise noted. The next scheduled meeting for June 23, 2022, is CANCELLED because there are no new business items. The next meeting will be at 7:30 pm Thursday, July 28, in Room 146 at the Willowbank Building, 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, PA 16823.
Please note: Mask wearing is optional for all County employees and for all visitors to the Willowbank Building.
2021 Annual Report
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. The Commissioners appoint the Board's chair to serve a one-year term. From the membership, the Board annually elects its vice chair, secretary and treasurer at the January organizational meeting.
|Members||Member Category||Term Expires|
|Joseph Homan||Other||August 31, 2022|
|Dennis E. Buffington||Municipal Official||August 31, 2023|
|Thomas E. Boldin, Chair||Farmer||August 31, 2022|
|Diane Homan||Farmer||August 31, 2022|
|Ronald J. Hoover, Secretary||Farmer||August 31, 2024|
|Ralph Wheland, Treasurer||Other||August 31, 2023|
|James Heckman||Other||August 31, 2023|
|Thomas F. Songer, III, Vice Chair||Contractor||August 31, 2024|
|Cindy B. Harding||Farmer||August 31, 2024|
|Commissioner Mark Higgins||Ex Officio|