Act No. 19 requires county agricultural land preservation boards conduct biennial inspections of all agricultural conservation easements for compliance with the deed of the easement. The first inspection must occur within one year of the easement sale. The bill further requires that land owners be notified of a pending inspection and the inspection time and date must be agreed upon beforehand by the county and landowner. Following the inspection, reports of the findings must be provided, within 10 days of the inspection, to the landowner. Violations found during the inspection must be reported to the land owner via certified mail. Furthermore, the county board and the State Agricultural Land Preservation Board may inspect the land, without prior notice, if there is reasonable belief that a violation of the deed has taken place.
For the full text of the bill, please see the PA General Assembly’s website.
For more information, please visit the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center Agriculture Area Security Law Resource Center.
Written By Gaby Gilbeau – Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
June 25, 2013