State Permanently Preserved More Farmland in 2021

HARRISBURG PA – Pennsylvania’s nation-leading effort to protect its farmland will end 2021 with the permanent preservation of another 14,397 acres for productive farming, the state Agriculture Department reported this month (Dec. 16, 2021). Its purchase this year of 166 conservation easements ensures the acreage cannot be developed for residential, commercial, or industrial uses, it said.

Since the 1988 start of Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation Program, according to the department, the state has bought easements for a total of 606,215 acres on 5,979 farms in 58 counties. By agreeing to sell in perpetuity their lands’ development value, the properties’ owners have helped to guarantee “a strong future for farming and food security,” it added.

“Preserving farmland is an investment in feeding all of our families in the future,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding proclaimed.

The last activity for the year was the December purchase of easements protecting 2,569 acres on 30 farms in 18 counties. Included on that list were six farms in Chester and Berks counties representing 249 acres, at an easement cost of more than $934,000.

Photo by The Posts

This story is one of several The Posts are publishing between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day that take a retrospective look at events and milestones of 2021, and a prospective look at what’s ahead in 2022.

Also in this series

State Permanently Preserved More Farmland in 2021
Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation Program ended 2021 by buying conservation easements to protect another 14,397 acres of farmland, some of them locally, from all future development.

PMA Medical Specialists to Join Penn Med in February
PMA Medical Specialists, which provides a wide variety of medical services to patients in western Montgomery and northern Chester counties, said it is “joining” Penn Medicine effective Feb. 1 (2022).

New Health Care Competitor Arriving in Pennsburg
Pennsburg area residents looking for medical advice and assistance already have lots of small practices, and two big-name provider networks, from which to choose. A third will enter the market in 2022.

PennDOT Wraps Up ‘Aggressive’ Year of Road Repairs
Repairs and improvements to U.S. Route 422 between King of Prussia and the Berks County line are ranked by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as among its top local accomplishments in 2021.