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Agricultural Security Areas (ASA)

Agricultural Security Areas (ASA)

Act 43 authorizes townships to create Agricultural Security Areas (ASAs) on a voluntary basis. A minimum of 250 acres is needed to establish an ASA and a minimum of 500 acres is needed for that land enrolled in the ASA to be eligible for the ACE Program.  An ASA may be increased at any time. Landowners simply need to submit an enrollment form to the township office.  

Landowners are encouraged to enroll farmland in an ASA that offers three benefits: 

1) Protection from condemnation or eminent domain; 

2) Protection from local nuisance ordinances; and 

3) Eligibility for the ACE Program.

ASA Enrollment Form
Ag Security Area Enrollment Form

The Ag Security Area (ASA) enrollment form should be filled out, signed, and submitted to your township to enroll in their ASA, along with a property map.  The Berks County Department of Agriculture can assist with preparing the form and map.  Please contact your township to determine if they have a specific enrollment period.    

Township Review

All townships within Berks County that have an ASA have more than 500 acres enrolled.

New parcels of farmland may be added to an established ASA at any time. Note: Many townships have specific enrollment periods for ease in processing.  Please contact the Berks County Department of Agriculture Office or Township to determine if there is an enrollment period.

Townships review enrollment in Agricultural Security Areas every seven years; at which time, parcels may be added or withdrawn from the ASA.


Berks County Townships with Agricultural Security Areas:

  • Albany
  • Amity
  • Bern
  • Bethel
  • Brecknock
  • Caernarvon
  • Centre
  • Colebrookdale
  • District
  • Douglass
  • Greenwich
  • Heidelberg
  • Hereford
  • Jefferson
  • Longswamp
  • Lower Heidelberg
  • Maidencreek
  • Marion
  • Maxatawny
  • North Heidelberg
  • Oley
  • Ontelaunee
  • Penn
  • Perry
  • Pike
  • Richmond
  • Robeson
  • Rockland
  • Ruscombmanor
  • South Heidelberg
  • Spring
  • Tilden
  • Tulpehocken
  • Union
  • Upper Bern
  • Upper Tulpehocken
  • Washington
  • Windsor