HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania this past week safeguarded 2,224 acres on 25 farms in 17 counties, investing $5,655,426 through the state’s nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program. Preserved farms are protected from future residential, commercial or industrial development. They represent targeted investments in the future of farming and food security in Pennsylvania.
“Pennsylvania farmers have faced tremendous pressure to sell their land for more lucrative ventures,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “These farmers have not only resisted that pressure and beat odds that were stacked against them to keep food on our tables, they have guaranteed that their farms will continue to be there to feed us in the future. This investment supports their generosity and dedication to a food-secure future for all of us.”
The 25 farms preserved are in Adams, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Dauphin, Cumberland, Fayette, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Perry, Potter, Union and York counties.
These farms include crop, livestock, nursery, equine, dairy and poultry operations.
Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, county, and local governments have purchased permanent easements on 5,781 Pennsylvania farms totaling 589,109 acres.
Notable farms include the 200.27-acre Robert D. and Carol J. Stahl farm in Perry County that was donated to the program. Perry County leads the state in the number of donated farms and the Stahl farm is the second largest acreage donation to date in the county. The crop farm is part of a large contiguous block of preserved farmland in Northeast Madison and Southwest Madison townships.
The Burchetts of Chanceford Township in York County, have preserved four of their farms including Maple Spring Farms Partnership Farm #2, a 128.2-acre crop farm. Previous owners, Robert and Judy Burchett, recently transferred ownership of the farm to their son Thomas and his wife Stacy, who are the fourth generation of their family to farm.
A newly preserved former dairy farm in the Morrisons Cove region of Blair County is now a crop operation that supports a local dairy farm by providing crops for cattle. The 170.29-acre operation is owned by Linda Longenecker. Morrisons Cove has some of the best farmland soils in the state. Including the Longenecker farm, there are now 56 farms and 8,391 acres preserved in Blair county.
Farms preserved and dollars invested, by county:
Adams County – total investment – $17,682.70 state, $130,294.33 county
The Fletcher Farm, LLLP, MD Limited Liability Limited Partnership #4, a 57-acre crop farm
Berks County – total investment – $231,062.05 state, $85,725.00 county
The Michele L. and Glenn R. Hart Farm, a 51-acre crop farm
The Andrew Ryan and Rhonda Leann Sensenig Farm, a 63-acre crop and livestock farm
Blair County– total investment – $328,519.00 state, $80,000.00 county
The Linda M. Longenecker Farm, a 259-acre crop farm
Bucks County – total investment $7,392.01 state, $97,776.00 county
The Kevin Willauer Farm #2, a 12-acre crop farm
Butler County – total investment $447,501.48 state, $20,000.00 county
The Charles C. McGowan, Trustee of the Charles C. McGowan Trust, Farm, a 64-acre crop farm
Cambria County – total investment $105,977.20 state, $7,000.00 county
The Floyd M. and Marian D. Farabaugh Farm #2, an 85-acre crop farm
Chester County – total investment $1,905,905.22 state, $198,623.60 county
The Joseph C. Clark Farm, a 13-acre nursery farm
The Lauren D. Mayne Farm, a 23-acre equine operation
The Elizabeth R. McKinstry Farm, a 10-acre equine operation
The Samuel P. Wickersham Farm, a 164-acre dairy farm
Dauphin County – total investment $100,116.56 state only
The Mike Sweigard Farm, a 64-acre crop farm
Cumberland County – total investment $8,671.00 state, $181,167.60 county Investment
The Glenda M. Jones Farm, a 105-acre crop farm
Fayette County – total investment $386,218.65 state only
The Christina Y. Becker Farm, a 260-acre crop and livestock farm
Lancaster County – total investment $368,285.36 state only
The Samuel S. and Sarah S. Glick Farm, a 100-acre crop farm
Lehigh County – total investment $828,778.48 state only
The Ethel L., Irwin P., & Alton C. Hamm Farm, a 100-acre crop farm
The William J. and Jane B. Heintzelman Farm, a 102-acre crop farm
The Michael and Kelly Wertman Farm, a 25-acre crop farm
Northampton County – total investment $16,044.35 state, $128,424.24 county
The Jeffrey E and Brooke DelVecchio Farm, a 42-acre poultry operation
Perry County – total investment $9,890.95 state, $1.00 county
The Robert D. and Carol J. Stahl, a 200-acre crop farm
Potter County – total investment $74,830.70 state, $16,862.00 county
The Robert J. Hallock Farm, an 84-acre crop farm
Union County – total investment $166,830.00 state, $159,228.25 county
The Elvin E. and Molly B. Stoltzfus Farm #2, a 124-acre crop farm
York County – total investment $641,754.01 state only
Barley Farms LP Farm #9, a 69-acre crop farm
Maple Spring Farms Partnership Farm #2, a 128-acre crop farm
The Gregory M. and Kristina L. Wilt Farm #2, a 20-acre crop farm
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