Washington Township supervisors add land to agricultural security area

July 02, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A farm parcel added Monday into the Washington Township, Pa., agricultural security area will be submitted to a county program to prohibit future development.

The township supervisors unanimously accepted 34 acres into their agricultural security area. The applicants, the Middour family, said they now want to apply for a county program that would restrict development in perpetuity.

Haydee Middour said farmland preservation is a priority for several generations of her family. Their farm is off Shank Hess Road near Tomstown, Pa.

“It’s important to us,” she said. “It’s been a Middour family farm since 1814.”

“We’ve all decided it is a good move,” said Joe E. Middour, who is Haydee’s son.

The Middours already added some of their home farm into the township agricultural security area, but they purchased an adjoining farm that was not included. They wanted to ensure everything was in the township security area as a first step before seeking the county classification.

“We’re tying up all the loose ends,” Haydee Middour said.

“We would like to update our conservation plan,” Joe E. Middour said.

The family milks about 170 cows a day. It also rents other farms to increase the harvest.

A farmer can withdraw his or her property from the township agricultural security area. The county designation, however, is permanent.

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