Pennsylvania preserves its 3500th farm

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Board set a new record April 17 by preserving the state’s 3,500th farm, Gov. Edward G. Rendell said.

The approved farmland included four Westmoreland County farms, which gives the county 9,268 acres preserved on 66 farms since 1991.

The achievement was celebrated at the Phillip Long Farm, a 336-acre crop farm that was approved for preservation in 2005.

Counties

The 71 farms preserved today are located in 20 counties: Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Bradford, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Erie, Franklin, Indiana, Lancaster, Lehigh, Mercer, Northampton, Schuylkill, Tioga, Union, Westmoreland and York.

Pennsylvania is the national leader in farmland preservation, covering 3,521 farms and 389,247 acres. Since 1988, state and federal funds, along with counties and local municipalities, have contributed more than $1 billion to preserve farmland.

For more information on the farmland preservation program, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and click on “Producers.”

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