Agricultural Preservation: Options to Protect Your Farmland

November 17, 2022 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Join Chikaming Open Lands and our partners on Thursday, November 17th at 10 am to learn about options available to protect and preserve your farmland. This event will be held at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022, from 10 am to 1 pm. Lunch will be provided at no cost, sponsored by Berrien County Farm Bureau. 

Attendees will learn about the following farmland preservation programs in our area:

Jarod Thelen, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development:  State Farmland Preservation Program (PA 116)

Elizabeth Brost & Katie Montoya, Berrien County Community Development: Berrien County Purchase of Development Rights Program (PDR), & the State of Michigan PDR Program

Ryan Postema, Chikaming Open Lands: Working with a Land Conservancy – Farmland Preservation Options

Ed Kretchman, Berrien County Farm Bureau: Farmland Preservation Programs from the Landowner Perspective

Panel Discussion During lunch, engage with local farmers and landowners who are involved in land preservation on the ground

The event is free but space is limited. Please register by November 11th by calling the Berrien County Conservation District at 269-471-9111 x3, or emailing

Doors open at 9:30 AM, and presentations to start promptly at 10 AM, Lunch is at 12 PM and includes a panel discussion.

Virtual option meeting link: 

Or, join by phone: 1-877-668-4493 (meeting number/access code 2317 388 0162; password mUwfpYGW623)

Sponsored by Berrien County Farm Bureau, Berrien County Conservation District, Berrien County Community Development, Chikaming Open Lands, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michigan State University Extension.