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Farmland Preservation

Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of farms and acres permanently preserved for agricultural production.  The program guarantees a future food supply and contributes to a healthier economy.  It also assures a way of life Pennsylvanian's cherish will continue for generations to come.  The program is a partnership between all levels of government and non-profit organizations - with a common goal of saving prime farmland.

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program was developed to strengthen Pennsylvania's agricultural economy and protect prime farmland.  This program enables state and county governments to purchase conservation easements from farmers.  The program was approved in 1988 and the first easement was purchased in December of 1989.  To date 5,213 farms have been approved for easement purchases totaling 542,800 acres.

YOU CAN HELP LEAD THE WAY

If you want to become part of Pennsylvania's nation-leading farmland preservation program, contact:

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Farmland Preservation
2301 N. Cameron St., Room 402
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408
717.783.3167
www.agriculture.pa.gov