APR Program Accepting Applications – Application Deadline Extended to July 23rd

The Department is currently accepting applications for the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program. The Program purchases the non-agricultural value of the farmland in exchange for a permanent deed restriction which prevents uses and activities that may impact the present or future agricultural use and viability of the property.

Through purchases of Agricultural Preservation Restrictions, the APR Program preserves and protects agricultural land, including designated farmland soils, which are a finite natural resource, from being built upon for non- agricultural purposes or used for any activity detrimental to agriculture. It is a voluntary program which offers a non-development alternative to farmers and other owners of “prime” and “state important” agricultural land who are faced with a decision regarding future use and disposition of their farms. To date, the program has protected over 930 farm properties across the Commonwealth.

Applications will be considered for funding through the APR Program and the federal USDA Agricultural Lands Easement (ALE) Program. The program accepts applications on a rolling basis. In order to be considered a priority for the next funding cycle submit an application no later than July 23rd deadline.

Applications must be received by 4:00 P.M. on July 23, 2021. Applications may be mailed, hand-delivered or sent electronically. Those sent by fax will NOT be accepted, and postmarks will NOT be considered.

To learn more about the APR program and for program eligibility go online to APR Program Details:

If you are interested in applying to the APR program, please go to Additional Resources section online, and:

 

  1. Review the Application Instructions.
  2. Review and download the APR Application.
  3. Contact the APR Program if you have any questions or to discuss the next steps in the application process.

Ashley Davies – Eastern Massachusetts – 617-645-6772 – Ashley.Davies@mass.gov

Ron Hall – Hampshire County – 413-726-2002 – Ronald.Hall@mass.gov

Barbara Hopson – Berkshire and Hampden Counties – 413-726-2003 – Barbara.Hopson@mass.gov

Michele Padula – Worcester and Franklin Counties – 617-626-1758 – Michele.Padula@mass.gov