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ASA offers several options to landowners

ASA offers several options to landowners who are interested in conserving their land for future agricultural and forestry uses. In addition to the landowner’s own conservation goals, there are other factors affecting which option may be available. These include the property’s physical features, its conservation attributes and location, and funding availability. ASA evaluates each potential project according to specific conservation criteria, in addition to whether the property lies within one of our priority areas, as outlined in our Farmland Conservation Plan.

Purchase of Development Rights

Aldrich7Conservation easements can be donated or sold. Depending upon funding availability, ASA may purchase the conservation easement from the landowner (also called purchase of development rights or PDR). The purchase price of the easement is determined by an appraisal prepared by a New York State certified appraiser. The appraisal uses comparable sales and includes a “before” easement valuation and an “after” easement valuation. The difference between the values is the value of the conservation easement or development rights.

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Private Bargain Sale

tiashoke-cow---tour-de-farm-07If a property does not qualify for the state farmland protection grant program, but is a working farm containing good soil resources, a bargain sale easement may be a possibility.

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Donated Easements

fall-barns-hanfA landowner can also choose to donate a conservation easement to ASA. There are many reasons why people choose to donate easements, including estate planning and family consensus-building between generations, state and federal income tax deductions, state property tax credits, desire to leave a legacy to future generations, or simply because they feel it is the “right thing to do” as stewards of the land.

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Donation of Land (tradeland)

Berry-Patch-019One of the greatest gifts to ASA is what is referred to as a tradeland. These are lands that people donate outright or bequeath to ASA. ASA becomes the owner of the property at the time of conveyance or upon death if conveyed in a will.

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Glossary of Terms

silo_balloonAppraisal

The value given in a report prepared by a professional appraiser that provides an estimate on the fair market value of the property or conservation easement. A “qualified” appraisal is one prepared to substantiate the value of a donated property or easement, and meets Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements.

Bargain Sale

The sale of a property or easement to a qualified organization for an amount less than the appraised fair market value.

Conservation Easement

A legal agreement between a landowner and a qualified organization that restricts future activities on the land to protect its conservation values.

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The Latest NEWS

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Ruth Hill Farm

Ruth Hill's conservation dreams are made a reality; 195 acres protected on family farm in Schaghticoke.

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Hooskip Dairy Farm

John McMahon and his son Dan have protected 343 rich, riverbottom acres in Petersburgh.

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Reiss Property

Charles and Marcia Reiss have donated an easement on their 47-acre property in Shushan.

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