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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Program Surpasses 4,500 Preserved Farms Milestone
HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 4,181 additional acres on 41 farms in 21 counties through the state's nationally renowned farmland preservation program.
The board preserved farms in Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Cumberland, Greene, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Northampton, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Westmoreland and York counties.
Since the program began in 1988, state, county and local governments have invested more than $1.2 billion to preserve 484,270 acres on 4,532 farms in 57 counties for future agricultural production.
"With this meeting, we conclude a successful 25th year for the program by surpassing the 4,500 farm milestone," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "Preserving Pennsylvania's farmland requires passionate farmers and dedicated program administrators who work together to keep Pennsylvania growing for generations to come."
The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program identifies properties and slows the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses.
The program enables state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements, also called development rights, from owners of quality farmland.
In some cases, the federal Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program provides additional assistance. Last fiscal year, Pennsylvania received $4.2 million in federal reimbursements.
For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search "farmland preservation."
Media contact: Will Nichols, 717-787-5085
Editor's Note: A list of the farms preserved follows:
The David and Linda L. Mischen farm #2, a 57.45-acre crop and livestock operation
The James H. Spiker farm #2, a 152.15-acre crop farm
The Brian K. and Linda J. Campbell farm, a 127.61-acre crop and livestock operation
The Victor and Cheryl and David and Jill Barrick farm, a 146.72-acre crop farm
The Charles Harry farm #1, a 162.04-acre crop farm
The Wayne M. and Margaret E. Friling farm #1, a 156.69-acre crop and livestock operation
The Thomas and Sara Jane Wenner farm, a 96.95-acre crop and livestock operation
The Samual K. and Wendy R. Kauffman farm, a 157.82-acre crop and livestock operation
The Richard Shirey farm #1, a 73.42-acre crop and livestock operation
The Mildred Berkebile farm, a 176.88-acre crop farm
The Michael P. and Bronwen A. Sanders farm, a 120.7-acre crop and livestock operation
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