Farmland Preservation hits the one billion dollar mark in PA

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 24, 2018 8:37 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Farmland preservation in Pennsylvania has reached a milestone. 

Department of Agriculture Bureau of Farmland Preservation Director Doug Wolfgang says the State Farmland Preservation Board has reached the $1 billion mark in the state's commitment to farmland preservation.

"That's a billion dollars that we've invested in state funds since the programs beginning in 1988.  In addition to that, counties at this point have contributed over $500-million," he said.

More than 5,200 PA farms have been preserved through the program.

Wolfgang says the program is also nearing the preservation of 550,000 acres of farmland.

Agriculture contributes over $135 million to the state's economy each year. 

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