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Pa. announces preservation of 29 more farms statewide

February 15, 2005

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said 29 more farms, totaling 3,085 acres, have joined the state's farmland preservation program.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in the total number of farms and acreage preserved for agriculture. In all, 2,565 farms and 295,447 acres are in the program.

"With urban areas expanding steadily into traditional farm areas, the need for preserving prime farmland is stronger than ever," Wolff said.

Gov. Edward Rendell proposed expanding and enhancing the state's Growing Greener program last year. This year, the state legislature is considering Growing Greener II, which would set aside $25 million for farmland preservation over the next four years.

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The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program was developed in 1988 to help slow the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses.

For more info about the program, call 717-783-3167 or visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us

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