Pennsylvania Adds 26 Farms, More Than 2,000 Acres to
Lands Expected to Break Half-Million Acre Mark This Fall
Secretary George Greig today announced the protection of 26 Pennsylvania farms
totaling 2,363 acres, putting the commonwealth on track to safeguard its
half-millionth acre of farmland from development by the end of 2014.
program began in 1988, federal, state, county and local governments have
invested more than $1.2 billion to preserve 493,786 acres on 4,638 farms in 57
counties for future agricultural production.
closing in on the major 500,000-acre milestone for our nation-leading farmland
preservation program,” said Greig. “But just as important are each acre we
preserved today and all others safeguarded since the program began in 1988.
Each one brings us closer to preserving our state’s best farmland for
production agriculture for generations to come.”
announcement took place during today’s Pennsylvania Agricultural Land
Preservation Board meeting. The board took action to preserve farms in nine
counties: Adams, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Erie, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh and
Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program identifies
properties and slows the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses. It
enables state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements,
also called development rights, from owners of quality farmland.
cases, the federal Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program provides additional
assistance. Last fiscal year, Pennsylvania received $4.2 million in federal
information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us
and search “farmland preservation.”
Alwine Trust farm, a 90.71-acre crop and livestock operation
Corporation of the Roman Catholic Clergymen farm #1, a 146.37-acre crop and
Corporation of the Roman Catholic Clergymen farm #2, a 310.23-acre crop and
L. and Gail J. Crooke farm, a 42.58-acre crop farm
W. and Diann L. Diehl farm, a 48.26-acre crop farm
and Doris J. Huntzinger farm, a 99.88-acre crop farm
Philip and Joy N. Johnson farm, a 34.28-acre crop farm
M. Wicen, a 78.18-acre crop farm
Farms, a 77.06-acre crop and livestock operation
Partners LP farm, a 121.08-acre crop farm
and Emma Stoltzfus farm, a 52.41-acre crop and livestock operation
Vonada farm #2, a 51.10-acre livestock operation
Koppenhaver farm #1, a 171.45-acre crop farm
and Nancy Laudenslager farm #4, a 62.62-acre crop farm
and Nancy Laudenslager farm #5, a 52.99-acre crop farm
and Janice Sweigard farm, a 135.12-acre crop and livestock operation
Robert and Thomas L. Taylor farm, a 201.61-acre crop and livestock farm
M. III and Anna M. Barley farm, a 60.49-acre crop farm
A. Brubaker farm, a 44.23-acre crop farm
Christian S. and Susie S. Glick and Martin Family farm, a 56.46-acre crop and
The Amos C.
and Lydia Anne King farm, a 56.16-acre crop and livestock operation
The Enos S.
and Rachel K. King farm, a 57.08-acre crop and dairy farm
and Megan Nimmo farm, a 79.64-acre crop farm
The Mark E.
and Doreen A. Petre farm, a 74.97-acre crop and livestock operation
H. Snyder farm, a 38.11-acre crop and livestock operation
Antes Estate #3, a 120-acre crop farm