PDR Programs are economic development tools to retain agricultural businesses. A PDR Program is a voluntary program that compensates owners of agricultural property for their willingness to accept a permanent deed restriction on their land that limits future development of the land for non-agricultural purposes.
Landowners are compensated for the fair market value of their land, based on the difference between what it could be sold for on the open market with no restrictions and what it can be sold for as farmland. Independent, professional appraisers determine these values and an agreement is negotiated on an individual basis with the farmer. Once an easement is in place, the landowner may still sell the land on the open market as farmland. All private property rights remain intact.
A committee of Kent County residents identified the following list.
Economic Benefits of Farmland Protection
Environmental Benefits of Farmland Protection
Social Benefits of Farmland Protection
Kent County is the 5th most agriculturally productive county in the state with a market value of over $149 million annually. It is an important sector of our economy and provides many jobs.
Once farmland is converted to development, it is very difficult for the land to be farmed.
In today’s marketplace, large blocks of farmland are needed to create a long-term business environment for farming. Essential infrastructure such as farm equipment suppliers, processors, and others will leave if they don’t have a sustainable customer base.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture lists the following as potential benefits to the landowner for their participation in a PDR Program:
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