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Preservation Board approves investing
$33 million 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
$1.2 billion 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
George Greig 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
$33 million state funding threshold for 2013 easement purchases. Counties across
Pennsylvania have certified
$15.4 million for farmland preservation in 2013.
Celebrating its 25
th 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,
$6.1 million in federal reimbursements, the largest amount ever.
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:
ArmstrongThe George Kepple farm, a 109.39-acre livestock farm
BeaverThe James and Cathy Spiker farm #1, an 81.67-acre crop and livestock operation
BerksThe 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
Kim Weber farm #2, a 40.20-acre crop and livestock operation
ChesterThe Titus and Violet Beam farm, a 69.69-acre crop farm
DauphinThe 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
LancasterThe Deborah Funk farm #1, a 19.52-acre crop farm
LebanonThe Nelson and Susan Sensenig farm, a 50.16-acre crop farm
NorthamptonThe 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
WestmorelandThe 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
YorkThe Carl and Margaret Shaull farm, a 62.35-acre crop farm
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture