2020 Application Finals Scores

Spring 2020 Newsletter By Patty McCandless, Director

The York County Agricultural Land Preservation Board received 64 applications on 5,749 acres, for farmland preservation in 2020.  Staff reviewed each easement application to determine each met the required eligibility criteria.  Of the 64 applications, 50 farms on 4,474 acres, moved forward to the ranking phase.  During the YCALPB’s May 19, 2020 online Board meeting via Web Ex, the Board began selection with the three highest scoring farms. These three farms will be appraised to determine their agricultural easement value, or development value. In the months ahead, landowners will be contacted according to the list of scores, and given the opportunity to have their farm appraised to determine the easement value.  The number of acres we may preserve will be determined by the funding received in 2020 and 2021.  Recall there will be no February 2021 application round.  The Board and staff will continue to process farms from this list of ranked applicants over the next year.        

Landowners were sent in early June their individual 2020 Farmland Ranking Worksheets.  Also sent was the list of all scores for this Application Round.  Landowners are encouraged to call or email our agency to discuss their application if they have questions.  After June 22, 2020 we may begin meeting with clients in our office contingent upon following CDC recommendations, ie masks, social distancing, etc. Please call for an appointment.    

County Ag Land Preservation Boards across the state have been notified by the PDA - Bureau of Farmland Preservation that state 2020 funds have been reduced with the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The PA Ag Land Preservation Board had set a statewide spending threshold in February of 2020 for $43 Million for farmland preservation efforts across Pennsylvania, however, that allocation was reduced to $38 Million following the Declaration of Emergency by Governor Wolf.   We anticipate a final report following the PA Agricultural Land Preservation Board’s June 11, 2020 state board meeting.  Follow us on the county webpage to find information on the final farmland preservation funds for 2020.     

Please know that your opinion is critical when talking with your legislator and our county commissioners. You have a role to play when state and county government officials make the tough decision on what programs to fund.  Please let your area legislators and our county commissioners know your thoughts on the importance of preserving farmland in York County.  The County remains committed to the funds they allocated for 2020 land preservation efforts. Thank you County Commissioners!

Please consider visiting our website, www.yorkcountypa.gov to follow our News, Links, and Updates.  Scores have been posted following the 2020 application round.  Find our map of preserved farms.  Thank you York County for your ongoing support of York County’s farmland preservation efforts to protect our working lands.

2020 Results