Livingston County Announces the Availability of Farmland Purchase of Development Rights Applications

Livingston County Announces the Availability of Farmland Purchase of Development Rights Applications

iFebruary 16, 2017

Livingston County and the Genesee Valley Conservancy have announced that the Livingston County
Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board will be accepting pre-applications from landowners interested in
being considered for the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Round 15 Purchase of
Development Rights Program (PDR).

The State PDR program buys conservation easements on the State’s most productive farmland. (A
conservation easement is a permanent restriction on the future development of the land.) The program is
completely voluntary, and the seller retains title to the land and can continue farming the property; however,
the land will have permanent restrictions on commercial, residential and industrial uses in perpetuity. To
date in Livingston County seven conservation easements have been completed protecting 6,732 acres
through this state PDR program.

This competitive program reimburses farmers up to 87.5% of the value of the development rights on their
land. The process of choosing the Livingston County farms to be submitted to the State will begin with a
pre-application. All farmers wishing to apply to the State PDR program must complete the pre-application.
These will be scored using criteria including amount of development pressure, quality of soils to be
protected and farm viability. The highest scoring pre-application(s) will be invited to have full applications
submitted to the State PDR program.

Prior to submitting the pre-application, farmers must meet all eligibility requirements as specified on the
pre-application. Eligibility requirements include being included in the Livingston County Agricultural
District Program; having more than 50% USDA prime soils; being in good standing with local tax
authorities; attending a mandatory pre-application workshop in February or March, and other requirements.

Two workshops will be held in January to provide landowners with information about the (PDR) program.
Attendance at one of two workshops is required prior to submitting a pre-application. Workshops will be
held: Tuesday, February 28th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 11th from 10 am -12 pm, both at
the Livingston County Government Center, 6 Court Street - Room 205, Geneseo.

Pre-applications and eligibility requirements can be obtained from the Genesee Valley Conservancy, the Livingston County Planning Department, or the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service / Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District in Geneseo.
The pre-application deadline is March 31st, 2017. The full application deadline to the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets has not yet been announced. It will likely be winter 2018. Farmers will be notified in Summer 2017 as to whether they have been selected to have a full application submitted to the State program.

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service / Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District in Geneseo and the Genesee Valley Conservancy are partners in the Livingston County PDR Program.

For more information please contact: Dave Bojanowski at the Genesee Valley Conservancy at 243-2190; the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service / Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District in Geneseo at 243-0043; or the Livingston County Planning Department at 243-7550.
For more information on the New York State PDR program, visit: https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AP/agservices/farmprotect.html