26 farms entered into preservation program

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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:

Berks County

  • The Troy L. Koenig farm No. 1, a 101.8-acre crop farm.

Lehigh County

  • The Mark C. Heintzelman Jr. farm, a 93.85-acre crop farm.
  • The Thomas J. and Sally A. Hoffner farm, a 29.51-acre crop farm.

Northampton County

  • The George and Lois A. Voorhees Revocable Living Trust farm, a 65.98-acre crop farm.
  • The Edward F. and Margaret H. Weinhofer farm, a 23.17-acre crop farm.
  • The Daniel J. Ziegenfuss farm, a 39.19-acre crop farm.

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.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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