15.15.01.02

.02 Agricultural Preservation Advisory Boards.

A. In each county containing productive agricultural land, the county governing body shall appoint a five-member agricultural preservation advisory board as provided by law (Agriculture Article, §2-504.1).

B. The appointment of an agricultural preservation advisory board shall be a prerequisite to program eligibility for landowners in each county.

C. Agricultural preservation advisory boards shall have the following responsibilities and duties:

(1) To advise the county governing body with respect to the establishment of agricultural preservation districts and the approval of purchases of easements by the Foundation within the county;

(2) To assist the county governing body in reviewing the status of agricultural preservation districts and land under easement;

(3) To advise the Foundation concerning county priorities for agricultural land preservation, and to develop, for consideration by the county governing body, criteria which may expand upon Foundation criteria and priorities relative to size, productive capability, and location of land eligible in the program;

(4) To promote the preservation of agriculture within the county by offering information and assistance to farmers with respect to the establishment of agricultural preservation districts and the purchase of easements; and

(5) To perform any other duties as assigned by the county governing body.