The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board has added 26 farms in 14 counties to its farmland preservation program.
That latest additions preserve 2,014 acres of land in 14 counties, including Berks, Lehigh and Northampton.
The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program has a goal to identify properties and slow the loss of prime farmland to nonagricultural uses. It enables state, county and local governments to buy conservation easements, also called development rights, from owners of quality farmland.
“Often the best land for farming is also the best land for development,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “By forever safeguarding this land for agriculture use, we’re securing a way of life for farm families for generations to come.”
The farms include:
Greig said since the program began in 1988, federal, state, county and local governments have invested more than $1.2 billion to preserve 491,423 acres on 4,612 farms in 57 counties for future agricultural production.