Benefits of Joining an ASA
- The local governments refrain from enacting ordinances and regulations which restrict farming operations and farm structures within an Agricultural Security Area.
- When defining a public nuisance, the local government will provide exceptions for normal agricultural activities occurring within an Agricultural Security Area, unless the law protects public health and safety.
- State agencies or programs, which could negatively affect farmers, shall act in a manner that will encourage the continuation of viable agriculture in the areas.
- Limitations are placed on the use of land condemnation procedures—eminent domain—by State and local agencies unless approval is obtained from the Agricultural Land Condemnation Approval Board (ALCAB).
- The landowner has the opportunity to apply to the Agricultural Conservation Easement (ACE) Program once enrolled into an Agricultural Security Area*. The ACE Program can provide financial benefits to those landowners that sell an agricultural conservation easement to Berks County. (* The ACE Program has other criteria that must be met in addition to the ASA enrollment prior to applying.)