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Farm Preservation Board

Who We Are 

The Allegan County Farmland Preservation Board protects viable agricultural land by encouraging the formation of Agricultural Security Areas in rural municipalities and by acquiring Agricultural Conservation Easements on property whose owners are interested in preserving higher value agricultural lands. Agricultural Security Areas have been established in order to encourage, promote, preserve, and protect normal farming operations, and Agricultural Conservation Easements prevent the development of the land for any purpose other than agricultural production and related agricultural activities.  
 
The purpose of this program is to: 
  1. Encourage landowners to make a long-term commitment to agriculture by offering them financial incentives and security of land use;
  2. Protect normal farming operations in Agricultural Security Areas from incompatible non-farmland uses that may render farming impracticable;
  3. Protect farming operations from complaints of public nuisance against normal farming operations;
  4. Assure permanent conservation of viable agricultural lands in order to protect the agricultural economy of the Commonwealth;
  5. Provide compensation to landowners in exchange for their relinquishment of the right to develop their private property; and
  6. Allocate County agricultural easement purchase funds and protect the investment of taxpayers is agricultural conservation easements. 

     

Members 

  
  
Address
  
  
Attachments
  
  
County Commissioner
319 River Street
Allegan, MI 49010
12/31/20181/14/2016
  
Agricultural Rep.
6438 119th Avenue
Fennville, MI 49408
12/31/20181/14/2016
  
Conservation Rep.
1668 Lincoln Road
Allegan, MI  49010
12/31/20183/24/2016
  
Agricultural Rep.
3837 48th Street
Hamilton, MI  49419
12/31/20181/14/2016
  
Township Rep.
1451 124th Avenue
Hopkins MI  49328
12/31/20181/14/2016
  
Agricultural Rep.
 
12/31/201612/12/2013
  
Real Estate Rep.
 
12/31/201612/12/2013