Young Adult Board Member Applications Now Being Accepted

The Ottawa County Agricultural Preservation Board is pleased to announce a new, Ad Hoc Young Adult position for the Board. This position is open to all high school and college students who are residents of Ottawa County.

The purpose of recruiting young adults for the Agricultural Preservation Board is two-fold:

• To provide board leadership training for young adults
• To encourage young adults to bring fresh ideas to agricultural planning in Ottawa County

The Board oversees the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program. This is a voluntary program that preserves farmland by purchasing or receiving donations of development rights from actively farmed properties. The first farm preserved by the program was the Hehl Farm, a 34.9 acre hog and cattle farm in Polkton Township. This year the Board will close on a 55.6 acre cattle farm in Chester Township.

Farmland preservation adds to our quality of life in West Michigan, providing access to a local food supply and employment.

Applications for this non-voting position are currently being accepted. The term is for one year.