Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program Details

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Overview

The APR program preserves and protects agricultural land, including designated farmland soils, which are a finite natural resource, from being built upon for non-agricultural purposes or used for any activity detrimental to agriculture. It is a voluntary program which offers a non-development alternative to farmers and other owners of "prime" and "state important" agricultural land who are faced with a decision regarding future use and disposition of their farms. 

The program offers to pay farmers the difference between the "fair market value" and the "agricultural value" of their farmland, in exchange for a permanent deed restriction which prevents uses of the property that will have a negative impact on its agricultural viability.

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Program Criteria and Eligibility

Landowners with at least five-acres of land in agricultural production for the last two years and with suitable soils.

Primary Requirements:

  1. Farm must be at least five (5) acres in size.
  2. Land has to have been actively devoted to agriculture for the two (2) immediately preceding tax years.
  3. Farm must produce at least $500 in gross sales per year for the first five acres plus $5 for each additional acre or 50 cents per each additional acre of woodland and/or wetland.

Other criteria considered:

  1. Suitability and productivity of land for agricultural use based on soil classification, physical features, and location.
  2. The degree of threat to the continuation of agriculture on the land due to circumstances such as owner's death, retirement, financial positions, development pressure, or insecurity due to rental agreements.
  3. The degree to which the land is of a size or composition to be economically viable for agricultural purposes and the likelihood that it will remain in agriculture for the foreseeable future.

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