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Farm acreage protected in Berkeley County

May 21, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board Executive Director Gregory L. Carnill on Thursday told the Berkeley County Commission since the board went into effect, close to 2,900 acres under easement in the county are more protected and the total easement value is about $20 million.

In 2000, Berkeley County was the first county in West Virginia to create a farmland protection board, he said.

About 27 landowners have applied to participate in 2009-10, and all areas have the opportunity to participate, Carnill said.

Carnill said the local funds go further because of matching funds under the federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. Qualifying easements receive 50 percent matching funds from the federal government, he said.

Under the program, landowners can voluntarily donate or be compensated for the placement of a conservation easement to best ensure the land stays available for agricultural use, according to the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board's Web site.

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After Carnill's presentation, Lavonne Paden, director of the West Virginia Agricultural Land Protection Authority, and Clint Hogbin, a volunteer and former board member, were presented with awards by Berkeley County Commission President Ronald K. Collins for their work on the farmland protection board.

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