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06/13/2019

Pennsylvania Safeguarded 47 Farms in 21 Counties for Permanent Ag Production

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board today preserved farms from across the state, including an eight-generation dairy and a conservation award-winning beef farm.

“Preserving farmland is a team effort among diverse groups united in our effort to spare the state’s best agricultural soils from development,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Together we help farmers to take an important step toward securing a future for their operations. This meeting is the culmination of an important chapter in the stories of 47 farm families from all corners of Pennsylvania.”

The board preserved 47 farms covering 3,561 acres across 21 counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, Tioga, Union, and Westmoreland. Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, county, and local governments have purchased permanent easements on 5,540 farms totaling 569,767 acres in 59 counties for agricultural production.

Farms included the Luxor Farm in Westmoreland County, owned by the Heinnickel family, who have received awards including Conservation Farmer of the Year and Outstanding Farmer Cooperator. As the region experienced a coal boom in the late 1800s, the farm tended horses that worked the region’s mines. Today the Heinnickels raise beef cattle and crops.

The Marvin and Catherine Teter farm in Schuylkill County was preserved through a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The federal Agricultural Conservation Easement Program reimburses up to half of the easement purchase price of qualifying farms, freeing county funds to purchase additional easements.

Mark and Marie Canon operate a progressive eighth-generation dairy in Mercer County, modernized in 2016 to include a robotic milking system. The Canons welcome schoolchildren to the farm to educate them on how food gets from the farm to the table. Marie was named 2018 Outstanding Woman in Agriculture by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program, as it is formally known, is dedicated to slowing the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses. Funding allows state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements from owners of quality farmland. State, county, local, and federal funds committed at today’s meeting are allocated to county programs to purchase development rights to preserve farms on county waiting lists.

These investments in preserving farmland for future production will be further enhanced by investments Governor Wolf proposed in the PA Farm Bill.

 

Farms Preserved:

 

Berks

The Gerald P. and Alice J. Faust farm #1, a 48.3-acre crop farm

The Joseph M. and Debra L. Kohler farm #1, a 150.7-acre crop farm

The Joseph M. and Debra L. Kohler farm #2, a 80.8-acre crop farm

The Kevin Z. and Melanie R. Martin farm #1, a 43.4-acre crop farm

The Jeffrey R. and Deborah A. Sweinhart farm #1, a 61.7-acre crop farm

 

Bucks

The Paul and Jocelyn Stepanoff farm, a 41.42-acre crop farm

The Stephen D. Klein Irrevocable Trust farm, a 91.1-acre crop farm

The David R. Wolfinger farm, a 19.81-acre crop farm

 

Chester

The Daniel J. Black farm, a 30.11-acre crop and livestock operation

The I. Glen and Eileen J. Engle farm #4, a 79.76-acre crop farm

The Nora Gammon farm, a 23.94-acre crop farm

The Mary Lou King farm #1, a 41.35-acre crop farm

The Holly Reyburn farm #2, a 42.78-acre crop farm

The Gerald E. and Cynthia L. Rohrer fam, a 109.92-acre crop farm

The Jonas E. Jr. and Lizzie S. Stoltzfus farm, an 89.68-acre crop farm

 

Columbia

The RFF Partners farm #2, a 192.17-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Cumberland

The Donald A. McKeehan farm #7, a 30.63-acre crop farm

The Chester L. and Pauline M. Smith Revocable Trust farm, a 70.82-acre crop farm

The Daniel P. Witmer III farm, a 162.77-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Dauphin

The Robert A. and Judy A. Kessler farm #1, a 14.71-acre crop farm

 

Juniata

The William S. and Sharon L. McCahren farm, a 113.32-acre crop farm

 

Lackawanna

The Jonathan and Kelly B. McCoy farm #1, a 41.62-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Lancaster

The William F. Brossman farm, a 57.94-acre crop farm

The Jacob and Edith Weiler farm #1, a 94.92-acre crop farm

The Jacob and Edith Weiler farm #2, a 105.58-acre crop farm

The Jeffrey L. and Debra K. Workman farm, a 110.81-acre crop farm

 

Lawrence

The Edward W. Nicol farm, a 143-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Lebanon

The James Z. and Thelma M. Brubaker farm #2, a 103.6-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Lehigh

The Dwayne E. Henritzy farm, a 12.4-acre crop farm

The Lower Macungie Township farm #2, a 21.48-acre crop farm

The Lower Macungie Township farm #5, an 18.76-acre crop farm

 

Lycoming

The Krotzer Family Real Estate Protector Trust farm, a 253.77-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Mercer

The Mark R. and Marie A. Canon farm, a 300.51-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Monroe

The Edna M. Schoenberger farm, a 36.37-acre crop farm

The Stephen R. and Barbara Slutter, et. al. farm, a 24.2-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Montgomery

The Drew and Holly Bechtel farm #1, a 55.19-acre crop farm

 

Northampton

The Charles S. and Patricia K. Evans farm, a 21.23-acre crop and livestock operation

The Harvest Acres, LLC farm, a 72.34-acre crop and livestock operation

The Benjamin V. and Lauren A. Hugo farm, a 20.49-acre crop farm

The Profeta Farms Pennsylvania, LLC farm, a 109.26-acre crop farm

 

Schuylkill

The Gary L. and Richard E. Hart farm #2, a 77.77-acre crop farm

The Glenn R. Hetherington farm #4, a 45.08-acre crop farm

The Marvin and Catherine Teter farm #1, an 82.75-acre crop farm

 

Tioga

The Rick and Charlotte Bowen farm, a 50.63-acre crop farm

The Carly Bowen-Clark and Gary Clark, Jr., farm, a 123.21-acre crop farm

 

Union

The Dennis and Anna Wolfe farm #1, an 11.05-acre crop and livestock operation

 

Westmoreland
The Luxor Development Company LLC farm #1, a 28.02-acre crop and livestock operation

 

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

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers - 717.783.2628

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