Agricultural Security Areas
About the ASA Program
As a tool to protect farms and farmland from non-agricultural uses, Agricultural Security Areas (ASAs) are intended to promote viable farming operations over the long term by strengthening the right to farm. Pennsylvania took the first step toward protecting farmland when it adopted an Agricultural Security Area law (PA Act 43) in 1981.
Local municipalities create ASAs in cooperation with individual landowners, who agree to collectively place at least 250 acres in an agricultural security area. To create an ASA, landowners may petition their municipality, which approves the application in accordance with Act 43. The municipality is responsible for renewing the area every seven years.
Participation is voluntary. Landowners that enroll in an ASA commit to remaining in it for seven years. After fulfilling their seven-year commitment, landowners may withdraw at any time. Each municipality may add new enrollees to an established ASA at any time.
Centre County Preserved Land Map
This map highlights Centre County's municipal Agricultural Security Areas and preserved land.
Landowners who wish to enroll their property in an agricultural security area may fill out an enrollment form. Submit three copies including the required map by certified mail and request a return receipt to the township in which the proposed ASA is located.
Centre County Ag Land Preservation Coordinator
Phone: (814) 355-6791
- Centre County Agricultural Security Areas, 2023
Agricultural Security Areas provide protection from local ordinances and nuisance lawsuits that affect normal farming operations. Learn more about the Benefits of ASA Enrollment
Only land in an existing ASA can be considered for the purchase of an Agricultural Conservation Easement through the Centre County PACE Program
Centre County ASA
- Non-contiguous farm parcels must be at least 10 acres in size. The farm tracts needed to create a new 250-acre or larger Agricultural Security Area need not be under the same ownership or even located in the same municipality. The Agricultural Area Security Law (Act 43 of 1981) allows for the creation of joint municipality agricultural security areas.
- The property in an ASA should be viable agricultural land, including cropland, pasture, and woodland.
- At least 50 percent of the land should be in Soil Capability Classes I - IV, as defined by the county soil survey.
- The property must be zoned to permit agricultural uses.
Before you remove your property from an Agricultural Security Area, consider the benefits of staying in it. Learn more...
The larger the acreage in an ASA, the more beneficial it is to your neighbors that may wish to preserve their farmland forever.
For more information about the benefits of being in an Agricultural Security Area, contact Diana Griffith, Centre County Ag Land Preservation Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 355-6791.