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The Fauquier County Agricultural Development Department offers support and programs for the promotion, marketing, and preservation of Fauquier County agriculture. The Agricultural Development Department manages the Purchasing Developmental Rights Program (PDR). The PDR Program allows landowners to enter into voluntary agreements to sell the development potential of qualifying property to the County while maintaining the right to continue to own and use the property. The purpose of the PDR Program is to protect farmland and retain the agricultural industry’s critical mass, in particular, farm parcels that are economically viable operations. Fauquier County leads the Commonwealth in the preservation of farmland through PDR. 


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  • Just wanted to Thank Everyone who still came out in the Rain for the Fall Farm Tour that was held on October 8!  Click Here for Brochure.  
  • Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer 2016 would like to announce their new class series, JUNIOR BEGINNING FARMER. This is a free program open to 9th -12th grade students interested in Agriculture as a career.  Classes will be held at The Fauquier Education Farm. for more info Click here. Jim Hankins 540-533-6500 
  • Fauquier County PDR Program to Accept New Applications starting June 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016. APPLICATION  The Fauquier County PDR Program has protected over 10,000 acres of farmland and leads the Commonwealth in the amount of farmland preserved. 2016 PDR Program Brochure Available. PDR Brochure 2016
  • Looking to rent your farmland to a Farmer? Looking for land to rent for Farming? Check out our new Fauquier Farm Link Flyer!  Click Here to view    The Fauquier Farm Link may be able to help you! If you would like to be added to our Fauquier Farm Link Page, at NO COST to you, please Click Here for our fillable application or Call the Agricultural Development Department at 540-422-8280 or email us at 
  • Are you thinking of starting a production farm or diversifying an existing farm? Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer 2016  could be just what you are looking for. Contact Jim Hankins, 540-533-6500 for more information! 
  • NEW BROCHURE IS HERE!Check out our New Fauquier Fresh Brochure, a guide to Local foods and Products available in Fauquier County.   Please contact the Agricultural Development Department if you would like to be included in the next brochure! (540) 422-8280   
  • A workbook to help farmers plan the transition of their farm or forest property from one generation to another is now available from Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Planning the Future of Your Farm: A Workbook Supporting Farm Transfer Decisions” contains useful information on developing a vision for the future, evaluating your farm resources, farm transfer tools and meeting with professional advisors. Click on this link to learn more. Copies are now available at the Agricultural Development Department office. 

Fauquier County Departments of Agricultural Development and Community Development undertook an Impact of Agriculture Study in 2013. The study utilized the expertise of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service to examine the local agricultural economy looking at production trends, value-added production, and agritourism. The study also documents the indirect impacts of agriculture throughout the economy.
Click here to read the full study. 


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