Agricultural Land Preservation Board

Overview

The Agricultural Land Preservation Board:

  • Administers the county program for the purchase of agriculture conservation easements within agriculture security areas
  • Encourages the use of additional farmland preservation
  • Promote efforts to support the agriculture industry within the County

About Agricultural Land Preservation in Pennsylvania

(from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Farmland Preservation page)

Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of farms and acres permanently preserved for agricultural production.  The program guarantees a future food supply and contributes to a healthier economy.  It also assures a way of life Pennsylvanian's will continue to cherish for generations to come.  The program is a partnership between all levels of government and non-profit organizations - with a common goal of saving prime farmland.

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program was developed to strengthen Pennsylvania's agricultural economy and protect prime farmland.  This program enables state and county governments to purchase conservation easements from farmers.  The program was approved in 1988 and the first easement was purchased in December of 1989. To date 5,329 farms have been approved for easement purchases totaling 552,702 acres.

Meetings

  • Time:  Regularly scheduled meetings are held at 8 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of every month
  • Location:  Meetings are held in the Main Building of the Fayette County Fairgrounds, located at:  132 Pechin Road, Dunbar, PA 15431

Members

  • Darrell Becker, Farmer Representative
    Term Expires: December 31, 2020
  • Eric Gordon, Farmer Representative
    Term Expires: December 31, 2019
  • Cindy Komarinski, Commercial/Industrial/Residential Contractor Representative
    Term Expires: December 31, 2019
  • Todd Miner, Municipal Officer Representative
    Term Expires: December 31, 2020
  • Rick Adobato, Non Agricultural Representative
    Term Expires: December 31, 2019
  • Michael Reskovac, Farmer Representative
    Term Expires: December 31, 2019
  • Ed Rinkhoff Junior, Farm Representative
    Term Expires: December 31, 2019
  • Timothy Mills, Citizen At Large Representative
    Term Expires: December 31, 2021
  • William Orbash, Citizen At Large Representative
    Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Terms

Members have a term duration of three years.

Board Vacancies

None


Photograph of tilled field

Contact Us

If you want to become part of Pennsylvania's nation-leading farmland preservation program, contact:

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Farmland Preservation

Douglas M. Wolfgang,
Bureau Director

Phone:  (717) 783-3167

Email:  dowolfgang@pa.gov

Address:  

2301 N. Cameron St., Room 402

Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408