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Purchase of Development Rights Program in Livingston County
History
The New York State Purchase of Development Rights Program is a competitive program that reimburses farmers up to 87.5% of the value of the development rights on their land through the acquisition of an agricultural conservation easement. Between 2005 - 2009, New York State awarded over $94.5 million to protect just over 35,500 acres of farmland across the state. Of that, about 6,100 acres were in Livingston County.

Conservation Easements

The New York State PDR program buys agricultural 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 may not be used for commercial, residential, or industrial uses in perpetuity.

Livingston County Applications
The process of choosing the Livingston County farms to be submitted to the state begins with a pre-application. All farmers wishing to apply to the state PDR program must complete the pre-application process.  Livingston County is not currently accepting pre-applications.

Questions and Inquiries
Further information on the New York State PDR program can be found at the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Farmland Protection website.

Information about the PDR program in Livingston County can be directed to the Genesee Valley Conservancy at 585-243-2190.