Pennsylvania protected 1,999 acres on 21 farms in 13 counties last week through the state’s Farmland Preservation Program. One of the preserved farms, Millett Holdings II, LLC, is located in Bucks County.
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.
The 21 farms preserved are in Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Erie, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Tioga, Union and York counties. The farms include produce, crop and livestock operations.
“Farmland preservation provides a secure pathway for future generations to succeed,” said Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. 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.”