Preservation Board approves investing
in saving farmland for 2013
Feb. 14, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 1,445 additional acres on 21 farms through the state's nationally renowned farmland preservation program.
The board preserved farms in 10 counties. They are
Since the program began in 1988, state, county and local governments have invested nearly
to preserve 471,601 acres on 4,385 farms in 57 counties for future agricultural production.
"Governor Corbett is committed to preserving our state's farms and the way of life for our more than 62,000 farm families," Agriculture Secretary
said. "I thank the producers who have enrolled their farms in this program. Their foresight will help keep a new generation of farmers farming."
The board approved a
state funding threshold for 2013 easement purchases. Counties across
for farmland preservation in 2013.
Celebrating its 25
anniversary, 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,
in federal reimbursements, the largest amount ever.
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A list of the farms preserved follows:
The George Kepple farm, a 109.39-acre livestock farm
The James and Cathy Spiker farm #1, an 81.67-acre crop and livestock operation
The Louis Jr. and
Ann Marie Chiesa
farm, a 96.20-acre crop farmThe Edward and Lucy Burkholder farm #1, a 53.50-acre crop and livestock operationThe Erma Gruber farm #1, a 26-acre crop farmThe Russell and Carole Heiter farm #1, a 136.10-acre crop and livestock operationThe Jeremy and Cindy Martin farm #1, a 50.70-acre crop and livestock operationThe Joseph and April Rosenbaum farm #1, a 113.30-acre crop and livestock operationThe F. Mark and
farm #2, a 40.20-acre crop and livestock operation
The Titus and Violet Beam farm, a 69.69-acre crop farm
The Ray, Amy,
Dale and Thelma Kennedy
farm #1, an 80.83-acre crop and livestock farmThe Ray, Amy,
Dale and Thelma Kennedy
farm #2, a 30.83-acre crop and livestock farm
The Deborah Funk farm #1, a 19.52-acre crop farm
The Nelson and Susan Sensenig farm, a 50.16-acre crop farm
The David Borcherding farm, a 43.19-acre crop farmThe Kenneth and Judith Faust farm #2, a 13.77-acre crop farmThe Charles and Doris Kull farm, a 39.29-acre crop farmThe Larry and Clarissa McEwen farm, a 61.91-acre crop and livestock operation
The John and Mary Ann McIlvaine farm #1, a 135.89-acre crop and livestock operationThe William Ober farm #1, a 130.90-acre crop and livestock operation
The Carl and Margaret Shaull farm, a 62.35-acre crop farm
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture