The Office of Farmland Preservation assists the Butler County Agricultural Land Preservation Board in its efforts to promote the preservation of viable agricultural land in Butler County. This is accomplished through the Butler County Agricultural Land Preservation Program and when possible, by cooperating with other entities with similar goals.
It is the purpose of this program to protect viable agricultural lands by acquiring agricultural conservation easements which prevent the development or improvement of the land for any purpose other than agricultural production and related agricultural activities. Further, it is the purpose of this program to:
Encourage landowners to make a long-term commitment to agriculture by offering them financial incentives and security of land use.
Protect normal farming operations in agricultural security areas from incompatible non-farm land uses that may render farming impractical.
Protect normal farming operations from complaints of public nuisance against normal farming operations.
Assure conservation of viable agricultural lands in order to protect the agricultural economy of this Commonwealth.
Provide compensation to landowners in exchange for their relinquishment of the right to develop their private property. Maximize agricultural conservation easement purchase funds and protect the investment of taxpayers in agricultural conservation easements.