Can a farmer buy back the conservation easement?

The purpose of the easement program is the long term preservation of productive farmland. Today easements are purchased for perpetuity and are not intended to ever be sold or changed. In rare instances, a perpetual easement may be repurchased after a minimum of 25 years with State and County Board approval, provided the land is no longer feasible to farm. However, it is most reasonable to expect that all farms will remain feasible to farm, although the farm operation may be very different.

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1. What is an agricultural conservation easement?
2. How would purchasing agricultural conservation easements preserve agriculture?
3. Who determines the value of agricultural easements?
4. How long are the agricultural conservation easements for?
5. Can a farmer buy back the conservation easement?
6. What are the farmer's right's after selling the conservation easement?
7. What land is eligible for conservation easement sale?
8. Do I have to maintain a soil/water conservation plan on the farm?
9. How is farmland preservation in pennsylvania funded?
10. Who will ensure that the deed restrictions are maintained?
11. Must I apply every year?
12. Do I pay taxes on easement funds?