HARRISBURG – Additional acres of farmland in the 23rd Senate District will be protected for future generations following today’s approval of the purchase of conservation easements by the state Agricultural Land Preservation Board, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).
Two local crop and livestock operations were part of 2,370 total acres across the state and 26 farms in 16 counties that were preserved during today’s meeting. The local operations include:
- Bradford County – The Donald D. and Donna L. Feusner farm, a 344-acre crop and livestock operation.
- Lycoming County – The Charles E. and Sandra O. Kitzmiller farm #2, a 180-acre crop operation.
“Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage is something that must be protected for future generations,” Sen. Yaw said. “Working together, state and local leaders are helping strengthen our position as the nation’s leader in farmland preservation.”
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 during the Board’s meeting are allocated to county programs to purchase development rights to preserve farms on county waiting lists.
“The Commonwealth’s achievements have been remarkable examples of teamwork on the part of each county, the State Farmland Preservation Board and the Department of Agriculture,” Yaw added. “Pennsylvania is certainly setting the standard in farmland preservation.”
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