Agricultural Security Area (ASA)
The Bureau administers the Agricultural Security Area, or ASA, program at the state level. ASAs are a tool for strengthening and protecting our quality farmland from the urbanization of rural areas.
It is voluntary for farmers/landowners. Petitions are submitted to township supervisors.
- They are reviewed every seven years however; new parcels of farmland may be added to an established ASA at any time.
- A minimum of 250 acres from among all the participating farmers is required.
- An ASA may include non-adjacent farmland parcels of at least ten acres or be able to produce $2000 annually from the sale of agricultural products.
- Participants receive special consideration regarding:
- Local ordinances affecting farming activities.
- Nuisance complaints.
- And review of farmland condemnation by state and local government agencies.
- An ASA qualifies land for consideration under the Easement Purchase Program at the landowner's request, if the ASA has at least 500 acres enrolled.
The benefits of enrollment are:
- Prerequisite for applying to the county farmland preservation program
- Protection against local nuisance ordinances related to farming activity
- Oversight in certain cases of eminent domain.