Agricultural Land Preservation Program

Links

Web Soil Survey (WSS): Provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

York County Planning Commission (YCPC): The YCPC prepares, maintains, and updates a Comprehensive Plan for York County, and also reviews and makes recommendations to municipalities on proposed ordinance amendments, as well as all subdivision and land development plans.

Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD): The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) works to enhance locally led efforts that support the wise use of the state’s natural resources 

York County Conservation District: The York County Conservation District is the county government office devoted to assisting residents with their natural resource and environmental concerns.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): The USDA's Mission Statement: We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

Pennsylvania USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): NRCS provides technical and financial assistance on a voluntary basis to farmers and landowners who want to address natural resource concerns on their land, such as soil erosion and water quality issues. Phone: 717-237-2117 

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA): Mission: The Farm Service Agency is equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans.

American Farmland Trust: The American Farmland Trust is committed to protecting the nation's farm and ranch land, keeping it healthy and improving the economic viability of agriculture. 

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Farmland Preservation: The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages, protects and promotes agriculture and related industries throughout the commonwealth while providing consumer protection through inspection services that impact the health and financial security of Pennsylvania's citizens.

PA Farm Link: Pennsylvania Farm Link has been devoted to “creating farming opportunities for the next generation since 1994.”

Penn State Extension: Penn State Extension offers practical how-to education and problem-solving assistance based on university research. We strive to help people make informed decisions to better their lives, businesses, and communities.

Penn State Extension Composting Page: Properly managing and disposing of dead farm animals is important. Every livestock and poultry operation should have a strategy for properly disposing of dead stock.

Cornell Waste Management Institute Composting Fact Sheets: Materials address composting with worms, vermicompost, and composting of food waste, horse manure, mixed solid waste and degradable plastics. Phone: 607-255-1187.

Pennsylvania Agricultural Ombudsman Program: The PA Agricultural Ombudsman Program offers educational programs related to agricultural rules and regulations, zoning, land use planning, the basics of odor science, alternative energy from ag products, and other allied topics to municipal officials. The education can also be extended to citizens in the community. Contact: 717-880-0848 or 814-696-0877, ext. 113

10thousand Friends of Pennsylvania: 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is the leading advocate in Pennsylvania for creating great communities. Our vision is to have a positive impact on the built and natural environment through responsible and efficient land use.

Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association: The Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association is a non-profit, nonpartisan statewide incorporated association of conservation easement professionals, dedicated to promoting and enhancing the interests of agricultural land preservation in Pennsylvania.

PAgrows: Farmers and agricultural business have access to free technical assistance in applying for a wide range of low-interest loans and loan guarantees.

Center of Dairy Excellence: The Center is designed to help increase the efficiency and profitability of PA’s dairy industry. 

Center for Farm Transitions:Farmers can contact the Center for assistance getting started, making changes to their operations, or transitioning their assets to the next generation.

Marketplace of the Mind: Whether you are a teacher, student, or just curious about agriculture, the Marketplace is your one-stop-shop for ag education.

PA Preferred: PA Preferred identifies and promotes PA foods and other products that meet some of the world’s highest quality standards. 

PAgricultural Rescue Training: PAgricultural Rescue Training is designed to help local emergency services develop strategies and procedures to be better prepared to respond to and manage on-farm emergencies

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages, protects and promotes agriculture and related industries throughout the commonwealth while providing consumer protection through inspection services that impact the health and financial security of Pennsylvania's citizens. Phone: 717-237-2117

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: The Department of Environmental Protection’s mission is to protect Pennsylvania’s air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment. We will work as partners with individuals, organizations, governments and businesses to prevent pollution and restore our natural resources. 

PA-DCNR: DCNR’s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ enjoyment.

PA One Stop: PAOneStop provides online tools to help farmers meet regulatory requirements for Conservation and Nutrient Management Planning.

Buy Fresh Buy Local: Your guide for locating farm fresh foods throughout York County.

YorKitchen: YorKitchen is a shared commercial kitchen incubator available for rent by the hour to food producers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Historic Barn & Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania: Historic Barn & Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania educates property owners and people everywhere about the superb treasure of barns built before 1960.

National Barn Alliance: "Preserving America's Historic Barns & Rural Heritage."

Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center: The Purdue University Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center is known across the Midwest for its unique "hands-on" approach for teaching the art and science of accurately diagnosing agricultural crop problems.

Horn Farm Center: A non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and interpreting the rich heritage, viable present, and exciting future of York County agriculture.