WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Two Washington County farms totaling 190 acres have been approved for Maryland's agricultural preservation program.
The Maryland Board of Public Works announced Thursday that the state will spend $1.07 million to buy two easements on farms in Washington County as part of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program.
The preservation program is used to buy easements on Maryland farms. The easements prevent those farms from being developed into perpetuity.
Washington County Land Preservation Administrator Eric Seifarth would not identify the Washington County farms Thursday.
"We generally don't give out that information until they settle on the purchase," Seifarth said.
He said one of the farms is west of Hagerstown and the other is northeast of Hagerstown.
The Board of Public Works announced Thursday that it has approved the purchase of 27 easements across the state. The easements, which were purchased with state and local funds, totaled just more than $23.6 million.