Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) Program

Local communities can voluntarily pursue designation of an “agricultural enterprise area” (AEA) by submitting a petition to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Through this designation, the community can encourage continued agricultural production and investment in the agricultural economy. Landowners within designated AEAs are eligible to enter into voluntary farmland preservation agreements​.

Understanding the Petition Process

Statewide AEA Map​​

If you need assistance to determine whether your farm is located in an existing AEA please contact the farmland preservation program or the county land conservation department in the county where your farm is located.