On August 25, 2011, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Preservation Board met to approve the safeguarding of 1,425 acres of farmland, located on sixteen farms in seven counties, for future agricultural purposes. The farm preservation movement runs through the Department of Agriculture's Pennsylvania Agriculture Conservation Easement Program, established in 1988 to slow down the loss of prime farmlands throughout the state. Since its beginning, the program has enabled state, county and local governments to invest more than $1 billion in development rights (conservation easements) purchases from farmers, equating to the protection of 453,419 acres from development for non-agricultural uses.
Read the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Press Release here.
For more information on Farm Transitioning, please visit the Agricultural Law Center's Farm Transitioning Resource Area.
Written/Posted by Tanya J. Cramoy, Research Assistant