CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Eastern Panhandle county commissioners say they want to set up their own boards in their counties to run the state's new Farmland Protection Program signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Cecil Underwood.
By doing so, they would be able to apply for the same federal funds as the state and not have to rely on West Virginia to distribute the money among its counties, Berkeley County Commission President D. Wayne Dunham said.
Under the plan, which was proposed in the recent session of the Legislature by Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, "protective easements" would be set up on local farms to protect them from development.
Any farmer who participates in the voluntary Farmland Protection Program would be paid not to sell his land to a developer.