Only farmland duly enrolled within Agricultural Security Areas (ASA's), containing at least 500 acres, and meeting the minimum eligibility criteria as established by the York County Conservation Easement Program Guidelines, are eligible for preservation. See the Eligibility Criteria. Enrollment is voluntary and requires permission by all the owners of record of the farmland tract, as well as, your lender.
Priorities for purchasing agricultural conservation easements are determined by the County and State Boards, but programs must consider the following: quality of farmland, the likelihood of conversion within the next 20 years, proximity to preserved farmland tracts, stewardship of the land, and fair, equitable, objective and non-discriminatory procedures. See the Farmland Ranking System.