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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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  • Save the Date! Fauquier County Fall Farm Tour will be October 13, 2018 10-4 Rain or Shine! Click Here for details.
  • 2017-2018 Farm Product & Services Directory  Click Here . If you would like a hard copy sent to you please let us know! 540-422-8280. 
  •  New Purchase of Development Rights Brochure is here! Click here
  • HomeGrown Labels are available! Please contact our office if need extras or if you would like to start using them. It is a great way to let consumers know that your product is HomeGrown. FREE Advertisement! 540-422-8280  or
  • Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer has current workshops going on and will have new workshops coming soon!  For more information, contact Jim Hankins 540-533-6500 
  • Looking to rent your farmland to a Farmer? Looking for land to rent to Farm? 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 
  • 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 
  • WORKBOOKS AVAILABLE! 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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