HARRISBURG – A Lycoming County farm was one of 32 farms in 17 counties added to the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Program on Thursday, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).
The Robert Lehman Farm, a 144-acre crop operation, will be added to the list of 5,813 Pennsylvania farms permanently preserved for agricultural production. During the meeting, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board announced that it added a total of 2,710 additional acres to the more than half a million acres permanently preserved across the state.
“Each preserved farm represents a commitment to Pennsylvania agriculture,” Senator Yaw said. “This commitment ensures that productive cropland, like the Lehman farm, will be safeguarded for future generations.”
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.
The 32 farms preserved last week are in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Lycoming, Monroe, Northampton, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, and York counties.
To learn more about Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation Program, and investments in a secure future for Pennsylvania agriculture, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov.
For more state-related news and information, visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.
Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff