Who determines the value of agricultural easements?

State certified general real estate appraisers are retained by the county land preservation board to determine the market value and farmland value of the property. The difference between the market value and the farmland value is the conservation easement value. A farmer who disagrees with the appraiser has the right to retain another independent appraisal, at his expense. Differences between the two appraisals are recalculated according to a state formula worksheet which will allow the County Board to offer a second easement purchase offer, or the original offer. Note: A current cap of $3,000 per acre is now in effect in York County.

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1. What is an agricultural conservation easement?
2. How would purchasing agricultural conservation easements preserve agriculture?
3. Who determines the value of agricultural easements?
4. How long are the agricultural conservation easements for?
5. Can a farmer buy back the conservation easement?
6. What are the farmer's right's after selling the conservation easement?
7. What land is eligible for conservation easement sale?
8. Do I have to maintain a soil/water conservation plan on the farm?
9. How is farmland preservation in pennsylvania funded?
10. Who will ensure that the deed restrictions are maintained?
11. Must I apply every year?
12. Do I pay taxes on easement funds?