The deadline is Fri., Aug. 16th.
The time is now for farmers who want to apply for Frederick County's Critical Farms program.
Land Preservation Program Administrator Anne Bradley says it assists farmers who want buy their own farms, and it helps preserve agricultural land. "In order to apply, the applicant has to have a contract of sale to purchase a farm," she says. "It's a way to get the farms that are for sale in the hands of farmers."
Bradley also says the property must be at least 50-acres or more, or adjoin farms that are already in agricultural preservation.
Information about the program can be found at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/agpress, where citizens can download the application. Farmers who are interested can also call Bradley at 301-600-1474, or send her an e-mail to email@example.com.
The Critical Farms Program works by the county purchasing an option to acquire an easement, or development rights, on the property that takes place at the time of the settlement of the land purchase. The new owner agrees to apply to the state easement program, and/or other government preservation programs for seven years.
Critical Farms was created in 1994 to help compete with non-farm interests who have more resources to purchase land than a farmer. "It's a program for many years has been used to assist 30 farmers in acquiring farms, and has preserved a total of over 3700 acres in Frederick County," Bradley says.
She says Frederick County is one of two jurisdictions in Maryland which has a critical farms program. The other is Carroll County.