Over 2,800 acres representing 29 farms added
Harrisburg, PA - During the August meeting of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board, an additional 29 farms in 16 counties were added to the state’s nation-leading farmland preservation program – totaling 2,857 acres of additional farmland.
Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, county and local governments have invested nearly $1.3 billion to preserve 511,221 acres on 4,830 farms in 57 counties for future agricultural production.
“Twenty-nine farm families have taken the important first step in preserving their farms by safeguarding their land permanently,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “I thank the families for their foresight, as well as the program staff, at all levels of government, who have worked to protect this land.”
The board preserved farms in 16 counties: Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lehigh, Mercer, Northampton, Tioga, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming and York.
The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program identifies properties at risk of development to slow 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.
Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 builds on Pennsylvania’s commitment to preserving valuable farmland by approving a $30 million investment through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Fund line item – a $2.5 million, or nine percent, increase over what is available in the current fiscal year.
A full listing of farms preserved follows:
- The Lawrence and Donna Arnold Farm, a 54-acre crop production farm.
- The James and Barbara Pavlica Farm, a 71 acre-crop and livestock operation.
- The David, Michael and Karen Burgoon farm, a-76 acre crop farm.
- The Floyd and Marian Farabaugh Farm, a 283-acre crop farm.
- The Beth Subach Farm, a 152-acre crop farm.
- The John and Eva Reiff Farm #3, a 127-acre crop farm.
- The Gregory and Summer Dobbin & Dale and Ilene Shoop Farm, a 36-acre crop farm.
- The Rodney and Carolyn Fenstermacher Farm #1, a 106-acre crop farm.
- The Daniel and Ada Mae King Farm #1, a 148-acre crop farm.
- The David and Diana Marshall Farm #1, a 20-acre crop farm.
- The James and Sharon Troutman Farm #1, an 88-acre crop farm.
- The Earl and Carolyn Zartman Farm #3, a 26-acre crop farm.
- The Estate of Esther Musser Farm, a 81-acre crop farm.
- The Christian and Arlene Becker Farm, a 143-acre crop and livestock operation.
- The Arlin and Deborah Benner Farm #2, a 111-acre crop and livestock operation.
- The Arlin and Deborah Benner Farm #3, a 114.32-acre crop farm.
- The Ezra and Lois Burkholder Farm, a 69-acre crop farm.
- The William Fuller Farm, a 52-acre crop farm.
- The Todd L Sr. and Todd L. Jr. Bennecoff Farm, a 67-crop and livestock operation
- The Nancy E. Smith Family Trust Farm, a 44-acre crop farm.
- The John and James Friede Farm, a 166-acre crop farm.
- The William and Shirley Kessler Farm, a 17-acre crop farm.
- The John and Amanda Place Farm, a 12-acre crop and livestock operation.
- The Charles E. Rinheimer III Farm, a 59-acre crop farm.
- The Larry and Edna Smith Farm, a 114-acre crop and livestock operation.
- The Craig and Claudia Sweger Farm, a 151-acre crop farm.
- The Eliece Rybak Farm #1, a 83- acre crop and livestock operation.
- The Joseph and Linda Mislevy Farm, a 182-acre crop and livestock operation.
- The David and Christine Druck Farm #2, a 206-acres crop farm.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov and search “farmland preservation.”
MEDIA CONTACT: Brandi Hunter-Davenport - 717.787.5085
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