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    LeBoeuf Township Agricultural Security Area

    LeBoeuf Township, Erie County, PA, is pleased to announce that it is working to establish an Agricultural Security Area (ASA), which will be available to owners of farmland located within the Township. The ASA is being established to help strengthen and protect agriculture within the Township. Participants in an ASA receive additional protections from local ordinances, nuisance lawsuits affecting normal farming activities, and condemnation of farmland by state and local government agencies. Enrollment in an ASA also qualifies farmland for consideration under the Erie County Farmland Preservation Program.

    Participation in the ASA is voluntary, and does not restrict the use of the land. The landowner retains the right to subdivide, sell, or change the use of his or her land. However, landowners must still comply with the Township’s zoning ordinance. Landowners who enroll in an ASA may later remove their land from the ASA by providing written notice to the Township.

    In order to be eligible for enrollment in an ASA, lands must be viable agricultural land; and must be a minimum of 10 contiguous acres in size, or have an anticipated yearly gross income of at least $2,000 from agricultural production.

    For more information, contact John McGranor at (814) 451 7329 or jmcgranor@eriecountypa.gov. John works at the Erie County Department of Planning, and is assisting the Township with this project. Landowners who are interested in enrolling in the ASA should submit an enrollment form to the LeBoeuf Township municipal building by June 18, 2018. Enrollment forms are available at the municipal building and also online at the PA Department of Agriculture’s website - click here
    Enrollment forms may be delivered or mailed to:
    LeBoeuf Township ASA Program
    14270 Flatts Road
    Waterford, PA 16441

    Erie County Farmland Preservation Period - 2018 Application

    The County of Erie is a proud participant in Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized farmland preservation program. With the support of interested landowners, the program helps to permanently preserve farms for agricultural production. It helps to guarantee a future food supply and contributes to a healthier economy. It also assures that a way of life cherished by many Erie County residents will continue for generations to come. This program is voluntary. In order to apply for the agricultural land conservation easement program, a landowner must complete and submit an application. Through the program, permanent easements are purchased. Landowners remain in possession of the land, but the easement limits subdivision, non agricultural development and other uses inconsistent with commercial agriculture.

    The Erie County Agricultural Land Preservation Board will be accepting applications from June 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. Applications may be obtained from the Erie County Department of Planning, or from the department’s website here

    For more information, contact John McGranor at (814) 451 7329 or jmcgranor@eriecountypa.gov.
    Completed applications should be submitted to:
    The Erie County Department of Planning
    150 E. Front Street, Suite 300
    Erie, PA 16507

    VinES

    The Erie County Conservation District is excited to announce a new program available to grape growers in the Lake Erie Watershed. PA VinES (Vested in Environmental Sustainability) is a voluntary program that promotes sustainable viticulture practices through a grower self-assessment workbook. The workbook looks at the economic and environmental impacts of grape production on each operation and serves as an educational resource for the grower. After completing the workbook, the participant is eligible to apply for available Growing Greener grant funds to install best management practices on their operation, such as cover cropping and stabilized access roads. The goal of the program is to reduce the environmental impact of the approximately 10,000 acres of vineyards in the region by limiting the amount of sediments and excess nutrients that enter our waterways. Contact the District for your free workbook to get started! Check back for updates in the future...