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 next New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Purchase of
Development Rights (PDR) program or other state and federal farmland protection initiatives that may
become available in the future.
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, 12 conservation easements have been completed protecting 7,412
acres through the state PDR program.
The State PDR 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 preapplication.
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. These pre-applications may be used to select eligible
farms for other future state and federal farmland protection programs. The Livingston County Planning
Department, the Genesee Valley Conservancy, and the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation
District in Geneseo work cooperatively to manage the pre-application phase.
Prior to submitting the pre-application, farmers must meet all eligibility requirements as specified on the
pre-application. Eligibility requirements include having at least 50% USDA Prime Soils, Prime if drained,
and Soils of Statewide Importance; 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 to provide landowners with information about the (PDR) program. Attendance
at one of two workshops is required by all landowners prior to submitting a pre-application. Workshops will
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be held: Thursday, February 28th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 9th from 10 am -12 pm, both at the Livingston County Government Center, 6 Court Street - Room 205/208, Geneseo.
The pre-application can be downloaded from the County’s website at: https://www.livingstoncounty.us/215/Purchase-of-Development-Rights-Program.
Paper copies of the pre-applications and eligibility requirements can be obtained from the Genesee Valley Conservancy, the Livingston County Planning Department, or the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District in Geneseo.
The pre-application deadline is March 29, 2019. The full application deadline to the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets has not yet been announced. It will likely be winter 2020. Farmers will be notified in Summer 2019 as to whether they have been selected to have a full application submitted to the State program.
For more information, please contact: Dave Bojanowski at the Genesee Valley Conservancy at 243-2190; the 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.htm