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PA Adds 33 Farms, Nearly 3,000 Acres to Nation’s Leading Farmland Preservation Program

08/11/2017

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board announced yesterday that it added 2,999 acres on 33 farms in 12 counties to the more than half a million acres and 5,100 Pennsylvania farms permanently preserved for agricultural production.

“Farmland is a precious natural resource that is increasingly threatened by development,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Farm families are the original stewards of that precious natural resource, and Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program supports their efforts to keep their valuable land in agricultural production for future generations.”

The board announced preservation of farms in 12 counties: Berks, Blair, Bucks, Centre, Chester, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Perry, Snyder, Union and York.

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program, as it is formally known, identifies properties and slows the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses. It enables state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements, or development rights, from owners of quality farmland.

Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, county and local governments have invested nearly $1.4 billion to preserve 539,180 acres on 5,169 farms in 59 counties for future agricultural production.

To learn more about Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation Program, visit agriculture.pa.gov.

Farms Preserved:

Adams

Mildred M. Sauble farm, 127-acre crop farm

Tuckey Fruit Farm, 30-acre fruit farm

Berks

Jay D. and Monica Hunsberger farm #2, 42-acre crop farm

Norman L., Karen L., and Nathan D. Manbeck farm #1, 30-acre crop farm

Scott A. and Donna M. Naftzinger farm #1, 63-acre crop and livestock farm

Blair

Michael D. and Carol M. Hoover, 375-acre crop farm

Bucks

Robert S. and Carrie Z. Arner, 64-acre crop farm

Edward Litzenberger, 61-acre crop farm

Centre

Donald, Wayne and Scott Fravel farm #1, 67-acre crop and livestock farm

Herbert, Samuel and Martha A. Grove farm #1, 157-acre crop and livestock farm

Chester

R. Lamar Harnish, 25-acre livestock farm

Levi P. Kauffman Jr. and Rachel Ann Kauffman, 60-acre equine operation

Marvin W. and Darryl M. King farm #1, 87-acre crop farm

Walter M. and Barbara E. Leis, 20-acre livestock farm

David S. and Priscilla K. Stoltzfus, 64-acre crop farm

Lancaster

Randall and Martha A. Clugston farm #1, 12-acre crop and livestock farm

Randall and Martha A. Clugston farm #2, 42-acre crop and livestock farm

Sylvan M. and Annie S. Esch farm #1, 181-acre crop and livestock farm

Fay P. Herr, 11-acre crop and livestock farm

Ray A. and Paul E. Kunkle, and Raeann Hamish, 54-acre crop and livestock farm

Daniel B. and Mary L. Stoltzfus, 66-acre crop and livestock farm

Michael L. and Cheryl E. Zimmerman, 111-acre crop and livestock farm

Lehigh

Paul H. Bachman Sr. and Paul H. Bachman Jr., 93-acre crop farm

Lawrence W. Heintzelman III, 45-acre crop and livestock farm

Franklin A. Reith Jr. and Kimberly A. Reith, 29-acre crop farm

Paul W. and Nancy J. Semmel, 145-acre crop and livestock farm

Northampton

John Bocko Sr., 94-acre livestock farm

Ronald K. Wedde farm #1, 32-acre crop farm

Perry

J.S. and E.A. Hinkel Family LTD, 212-acre crop farm

Snyder

Mic Hauck, 227-acre crop farm

Union

Margaret L. Harris (Lauver), 76-acre crop farm

York

Josh, Sundee, Wayne, and Jean Hoffman, 207-acre crop and livestock farm

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers - 717.783.2628

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