Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff has announced that 53 additional farms, totaling 5,674 acres, were preserved during the state farmland preservation board meeting in Harrisburg. With this board approval, the state has more than 300,000 acres of farmland preserved in Pennsylvania.

"We are extremely proud to announce the preservation of more than 300,000 acres of prime Pennsylvania farmland," said Wolff. "The Commonwealth's longstanding history of leadership in agriculture is evident with our continued success of the Farmland Preservation Program. Today's milestone strengthens that reputation, and ensures that valuable farmland will not be lost to urban sprawl."

Pennsylvania continues to lead the nation in the total number of farms and acreage preserved for agriculture. Currently, 2,618 farms and 301,120 acres have been protected through the state program. The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program was developed in 1988 to help delay the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses. The program enables state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements (also called development rights) from owners of quality farmland.

Source: PRNewswire