What is an Agricultural Preservation Restriction?

An Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) is a specific type of Conservation Restriction that protects farmland. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has an active program in which owners of high quality active farmland can be paid to extinguish the development rights on their farms. APR’s can also, at times, be donated to or purchased by conservation organizations and towns. For more detailed information about APRs, you can visit the official Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources webpage here.