Three Montgomery County Farms Added To PA Farmland Preservation Program

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The Taylor Farm in Upper Providence Township. Pennsylvania’s nation-leading farmland preservation program recently added 4,432 acres on 48 farms, including three in Montgomery County. Image via Montgomery County Planning Commission.

Pennsylvania’s nation-leading farmland preservation program has added 48 farms to its roster, including three in Montgomery County, writes Paul Vigna for the Penn Live Patriot-News.

The $11.9 million investment in food security by safeguarding 4,432 acres in 25 counties was announced last week by Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. An additional $2 million has been invested in newly added farms by county governments.

“Agricultural development and farmland preservation are inextricably tied to food security and nutrition, it’s critical to increasing the quantity and diversity of food and driving economic transformation,” Redding said.

He added that the farms preserved in the latest round represent “an act of looking to the future food needs of Pennsylvanians, the nation, and the world.”

The three farms preserved in Montgomery County are the Suzanne Banyacsky Farm #1, a 24-acre crop farm, the Thomas Latshaw Farm #1, a 61-acre crop farm, and the Edward B. Stokes Jr. Farm #1, a 117-acre crop farm.

Since the program’s inception in 1988, various levels of government have purchased permanent easements on 5,724 farms totaling 584,487 acres in 59 counties throughout the state for agricultural production.

Read more about the farmland preservation program at the Penn Live Patriot-News by clicking here

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