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04/17/2017

PA Protects Additional 31 Farms, More Than 2,400 Acres in Nation-Leading Farmland Preservation Program

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,432 more acres on 31 farms in 19 counties throughout the state during its April meeting.

 

“With each meeting of our state board, Pennsylvania preserves more farmland and a way of life that helps to feed a growing world,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Many hands have a role in protecting our farmland, and I thank all those who are part of this commitment to conserving our rich agricultural resources.”

 

Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, county and local governments have invested more than $1.3 billion to preserve 533,457 acres on 5,102 farms in 58 counties for future agricultural production.

 

The state Agricultural Land Preservation Board preserved farms in 19 counties: Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Tioga, Wayne, and Westmoreland.

 

The 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.

 

In some cases, federal funding helps to preserve these lands. In 2016, the department signed a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service that allows Pennsylvania’s program to submit farms for consideration by the federal Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Currently, seven farms and 651 acres are slated to be preserved using $1,033,550 from the program in 2016 funds, including two farms approved by the state board at today’s meeting. In addition, the department applied for $1,874,131 in 2017 funds to preserve six farms totaling 1,001 acres.

 

For more information, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov, click “Encourage,” then “Farmland Preservation.”

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Will Nichols, 717.787.5085

 

Farms Preserved:

 

Allegheny

The Fred Cardillo farm, a 42-acre crop and livestock operation

The Janoski Family Farm, a 105-acre crop farm

The Scott McCall farm, a 53-acre crop farm

 

Berks

The Forrest C. and Barbara D. Stricker farm #2, a 191-acre livestock farm

 

Bucks

The Patrick Engle farm, a 69-acre crop farm

The Michael and Marilyn Myers farm, a 20-acre crop farm

 

Chester

The Edward M. Buchanan farm, an 81-acre crop farm

The John B. and Katie F. Miller farm, a 25-acre crop and livestock operation

The Pennsgrove Farm LLC farm, a 64-acre crop and livestock operation

The Gideon L. and Lavina B. Stoltzfus farm, a 71-acre crop and livestock operation

The White Clay Farms, LLC farm, an 18-acre crop farm

 

Clinton

The Eric and Brenda Schenck farm #1, a 109-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Cumberland

The Central Valley farms, LLC farm #2, a 154-acre crop and livestock operation

The Donald A. McKeehan farm #5, a 159-acre crop and livestock operation

The John F. III and Diane B. Stamy farm #1, a 77-acre crop farm

 

Dauphin

The James and Donald Schwalm farm, a 73-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Juniata

The Glen R. Henry farm, a 111-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Lackawanna

The Michael J. and Barbara J. Hillebrand farm #3, a 76-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Lancaster

The E. Richard and L. Ruth Bruckhart farm, a 49-acre crop and livestock operation

The Leon N. and Lucy H. Sensenig farm, a 13-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Lebanon

The Paul and Patricia A. Horst farm, a 140-acre crop farm

 

Lehigh

The Justin K. and April L. Hausman farm, a 34-acre crop farm

The William L. and David A. Schuck farm, a 13-acre crop and livestock operation

The Hunter M., Peter S., and Sue Smith farm, a 34-acre equine operation

 

Lycoming

The Charles R. Bosch farm, a 109-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Mifflin

The Raymond J. and Rose M. Kauffman farm, an 89-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Monroe

The Mountain Vineyard Realty LLC farm #1, an 80-acre crop farm

 

Montgomery

The Mary Muscara farm #1, a 52-acre crop farm

 

Tioga

The Ernest and Dorothy Ann Norman farm #2, a 163-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Wayne

The Mark and Elva Lopatofsky farm #1, a 101-acre crop farm

 

Westmoreland

The Nancy L. and James E., Jr. Harris farm #1, a 53-acre crop farm

 

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