Pennsylvania Preserves 21 Farms, 1,999 Acres Safeguarded from Future Development

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HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania protected 1,999 acres on 21 farms in 13 counties recently through the state’s nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program. Since 1988, the program has purchased permanent conservation easements on 5,949 Pennsylvania farms, covering 603,646 acres, in 58 counties, ensuring they will remain farms in the future.

“Farmland preservation provides a secure pathway for future generations to succeed,” said Secretary Redding. “It ensures future agriculturalists have land to farm, and in return, consumers will have food on the table. Once farmland goes out of production, it rarely comes back, which is why farmland preservation is so important.”

The 21 farms preserved are in Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Erie, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Tioga, Union and York counties.

These farms include produce, crop and livestock operations.

Purchases include:

The Donald G. and Jane E. Dillner farm, a fourth-generation 79.35-acre fruit, vegetable and livestock operation located in West Deer Township, Allegheny County. Dillner Family Farms operates a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and farm market, providing fresh produce, eggs and meats to the Greater Pittsburgh area year-round.

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The Samuel Valone farm, a 45.39-acre vineyard located in North East Township, Erie County. The farm is in Erie County’s grape and wine region next to two preserved vineyards, adding to a total of 3,246 acres of protected farmland in North East township.

The AgKam LLC farm, a 160.12-acre beef operation located in Charleston Township, Tioga County. The farm is located outside of Wellsboro near the gateway to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and Scenic Route 6. Farmland in this scenic area is at risk of conversion to vacation homes and secondary residences.

Farms preserved and dollars invested, by county:

Allegheny County – total investment – $661,270.00, state only

  • The Donald G. & Jane E. Dillner farm, a 79-acre crop and livestock operation

Beaver County – total investment – $171,252.10state; $52,400 county

  • The Raymond Abels farm #1, a 52-acre crop operation

Berks County – total investment – $350,950.09 state; $132,150 county

  • The Andrew F. Dech farm, a 73-acre crop farm
  • The Aaron H. & Edna W. Hoover farm, a 103-acre crop and livestock operation

Bucks County – total investment $2,364,089.30 state; $397,535.70 county

  • Millett Holdings II, LLC farm, a 244-acre crop operation
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Chester County – total investment $18,861.94 state, $497,728.17 county

  • The Mark A. & Claudia V. Cole farm, a 42-acre crop and livestock operation
  • The Leila & Sander Lehrer farm, a 56-acre crop operation

Cumberland County – total investment $149,549.00 state, $50,000 county

  • The Steven W. & Thomas H. Nealy farm, a 53-acre crop operation
  • Erie County – total investment $95,966.34 state only
  • The Samuel J. Valone Farm #1, a 45-acre crop operation

Lebanon County – total investment $233,328.95 state, $67,223.50

  • The David P. & Almira D. Kline farm, a 118-acre crop and livestock operation

Lehigh County – total investment $955,501.71 state; $3,433.70 county

  • The Lewis A. Moore farm, a 24-acre crop operation
  • The Earl O. & Kelly A. Zellner farm, a 152-acre crop operation

Northampton County – total investment $435,551.20 state; $151,309.60 county

  • The James D. & Barbara J. Hulett farm, a 29- acre crop operation
  • The Charles J. Hilliard & Alice V. Simmons farm, a 121-acre crop operation

Tioga County – total investment $182,980.00 state; $12,964.00 county

  • The AgKam LLC farm, a 60-acre crop and livestock operation
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Union County – total investment $21,225.08 state; $202,450.33 county

  • The Eleanor J. Miller farm, an 84-acre crop and livestock operation
  • The Amos M. & Elizabeth M. Oberholtzer #1 farm, a 148-acre crop and livestock operation
  • The Amos M. & Elizabeth M. Oberholtzer #2 farm,  a 94-acre crop operation

York County – total investment $311,875.96 state; $662,892.00 county

  • The Stephen H. & Lynn M. Brown farm, a 221-acre beef operation
  • The Lydia A. Keller farm, a 47-acre crop and livestock operation
  • The John L. & Doris E. Rexroth farm, a 51-acre crop and livestock operation

To learn more about Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation Program, and investments in a secure future for Pennsylvania agriculture, visit agriculture.pa.gov.

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