HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s Agric ultural Land Preservation Board recently safeguarded 2,064 additional acres on 22 farms in 17 counties through the state’s farmland preservation program.
Since the program began in 1988, state, county and local governments have invested nearly $1.2 billion to preserve 470,155 acres on 4,364 farms in 57 counties for future agricultural production.
“Through this program, we’re not just preserving farmland, but a way of life and a major economic driver for the state,” Agriculture Secretary George Greig said. “Agriculture generates $6.7 billion in cash receipts and supports one in seven jobs across Pennsylvania. We’re helping to keep farmers farming and securing a stable financial future in the state.”
To help save the state’s farmland, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program identifies properties and slows the loss of prime farmland to nonagricultural 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 $6.1 million in federal reimbursements, the largest amount ever.
For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search “farmland preservation.”
A county by county list of the farms preserved follows:
Adams — the Juanita M. Keech farm, a 181.40-acre crop farm; and the Randall Wolf farm, a 126.13-acre crop farm.
Berks — the Pearl Noll farm No. 1, a 49.20-acre crop farm; and the Naomi Mae Stutzman farm No. 1, a 118.80-acre crop and livestock operation.
Blair — the John B. and Karen K. Morrow farm No. 2, a 110.15-acre crop farm.
Bucks — the Rosemarie K. McIlwain farm, a 47.19-acre crop farm.
Butler — the Amy, Charles M., Charles H. and Lois Andler farm, a 60.26-acre crop farm.
Centre — the John I. and John R. Deibler farm No. 1, a 139.21-acre crop and livestock operation.
Chester — the Brown Partnership farm, an 81.08-acre crop farm; and the John and Barbara Kauffman farm, a 99.74-acre crop and livestock operation.
Dauphin — the Robert Hawkins farm No. 1, a 108.65-acre crop and livestock operation.
Juniata — the David Stetler farm, a 123.33-acre crop farm.
Luzerne — the Nicholas T. and Brenda Lee Rizzo farm No. 2, a 52.65-acre crop farm.
Mifflin — the Shade Mt. Farms Inc. farm, a 116.94-acre crop and livestock operation.
Monroe — the Rena and Bryan Baumgartner farm, a 39.96-acre crop farm; the Steven and Tammy Gower farm, a 21.43-acre crop farm; and the Robert and Tracy Serfass farm, a 20.00-acre crop farm.
Perry — the Fred W. and Kenneth G. Smith farm No. 1, an 83.70-acre crop and livestock operation.
Potter — the Harold G. and Delia M. McCutcheon farm No. 1, a 151.51-acre crop and livestock operation.
Union — the Robert and Barbara Koch farm, a 48.07-acre crop farm.
Wayne — the Cord Clarence Meyer farm No. 1, a 120.61-acre crop and livestock operation.
Westmoreland — the Edward and Nancy Krokosky farm, a 163.76-acre pasture and livestock operation.