Application Checklist

York County Agricultural Land Preservation Program - Checklist of Application Requirements

Please see below the items you must complete in order to submit a complete easement application for the consideration of your farm for agricultural conservation easement purchase (farmland preservation):

1. Complete this application. All lines must be completed. You may need assistance from the farm operator, if you are not the farmer, regarding crop production information. All owners of record (names on the deed) must sign the application.

2. Attach a legible photocopy of your recorded farm deed (s). If the farmland tract is owned by a Partnership, please provide the Partnership Agreement with the named officers.

3. Attach a copy of your complete conservation plan. Note: you may have to request a copy from your farmer, or request a conservation plan from the York County Conservation District. See the Cooperator Form if you and your farmer determine that no conservation plan exists for your farm.  If you have a plan written by the USDA-NRCS and want us to request a copy directly from USDA, please sign and return the "USDA Authorization for Release of Records".

4. Attach any additional documentation you feel necessary to provide crop or livestock production, farm income, or conservation practices completed.

5. Attach a signed map outlining the boundaries of the lands offered for easement consideration. Note areas to be excluded from preservation. Mapping assistance is available by appointment in the Ag Land Preserve Office.

6. Following the initial application, only 2 revisions to the application and map are permitted. All applications must be in final form by the Deadline Date of February 15, 2022. Application rounds will occur every 24 months. 

7. Retain this checklist to keep notes as to your application progress.

8. Qualifying applications will be ranked winter /spring 2022. A letter with ranking results will be mailed to landowners with results posted to our web page and agency bulletin boards. Non qualifying applications will be returned to landowners with a letter with the reason for non-qualification, or, missing information.

9. Ranked applications will be selected for appraisal over a 24 month period using annually available funds.