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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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  • 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. Copies are now available at the Agricultural Development Department office. Raquel.Kines@Fauquiercounty.gov 

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.
Impact of Agriculture Study  

 

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