Pa. Protects 30 Farms in 18 Counties from Development 


HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania protected 2,478 acres on 30 farms in 18 counties from future residential, or commercial development, investing more than $8.9 million in state, county, local and nonprofit dollars in protecting prime farmland for the future. Pennsylvania ends 2022 continuing to lead the nation, having protected 170 farms and 13,069 acres this year.

Since 1988, Pennsylvania has protected 6,148 farms and 619,191 acres in 58 counties from future development, investing more than $1.6 billion in our agriculture industry’s ability to feed our families and our economy.

“Protecting prime farmland from development is one of the most important investments we make in our economy, our environment, and our quality of life,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “These farm families, together with every level of government, are investing in guarding their legacies and ensuring that other Pennsylvania families will have food, green spaces, income and jobs in the future.”   

The newly preserved farms are in Adams, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Tioga, Union, Westmoreland, and York counties.

By selling their land’s development rights, landowners ensure that their farms will remain farms and never be sold to developers. Farm families often sell their land at below market value, donate additional land, or agree to conservation practices on their farms in order to leverage additional federal and state money to preserve more family farms.

Pennsylvania partners with county and sometimes local governments and non-profits to purchase development rights, ensuring a strong future for farming and food security.

Among farms preserved at today’s State Agricultural Land Preservation Board meeting:

Four farms, including three Adams County standardbred horse farms and Brookhart Farms in Perry County, are federally funded, which will leverage additional funds for future easement purchases.

Sutliff Farms in Northampton County is the second farm preserved by the family and creates a cluster of nine protected farms in the county, which faces pressure from developers because of its prime location close to major markets and transportation.

Farms preserved today and dollars invested, by county:  

Adams County– Total investment – $1,466,393, state only

Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. #33, Union Township, a 149-acre horse farm

Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. #27, Conewago Township,162-acre horse farm

Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc. #31, Union Township, 185-acre horse farm

Beaver County – Total investment – $438,276, state only

The William J. Douthitt Farm #1, Darlington Township, a 174-acre crop and livestock farm

Berks County – Total investment – $465,060, state – $444,017, county -$21,043

The Robert C. Berger Farm, Upper Bern Township, a 26-acre crop & livestock farm

The Shirley K. and Paul B. Levan, Jr. Farm, Tilden Township, a 59-acre crop and livestock farm

The Mark A. and Tracey L. Snyder Farm, Penn Township, a 35-acre crop farm

The Jeffrey A. and Kathleen A. Updegrove and Oley Township Farm, a 40-acre crop farm

Blair County – Total investment – $204,085, state – $149,085, county -$55,000

The Leonard R. Burket Estate, Huston Township, a 129-acre crop and livestock farm

Bucks County – Total investment – $1,498,140, state – $1,234,175, county -$51,945, township – $212,020

The Matthew P. Goldenberg and Kelly Burland Farm, Bedminster Township, a 106-acre crop and livestock farm

Butler County – Total investment – $289,524, state – $284,320, county – $192, township – $5,012

The Andrew A. and John M. Allen III Farm, Clinton Township, a 71-acre crop and livestock farm

Cambria County – Total investment – $101,174, state – $91,174, county – $10,000

The Stephen G. Krug and Barbara Gooderham Krug Farm #1, Allegheny Township, a 105-acre crop farm

Chester County – Total investment – $197,008, state – $12,029, county – $184,980

The Daniel B. and Rachel B. King Farm, Lower Oxford Township, a 50-acre crop and livestock farm

Cumberland County – Total investment – $274,613, state – $4,063, county – $69,991, township – $200,559

The Thomas D. Moyer Farm #2, Silver Spring Township, a 70-acre crop farm

Lancaster County – Total investment – $568,292, state only

Hope Valley Farms, LLC, East Drumore Township, a 77-acre crop farm

The Ben F. and Annie K. Zook Farm, Rapho Township, a 97-acre crop and livestock farm

Lawrence County – Total investment – $90,922, state – $75,004, county – $15,918

The Whiting Family Limited Partnership #2 Farm, Pulaski Township, a 64-acre livestock farm

Lehigh County – Total investment – $572,961, state – $412,024, county – $160,937

The Patricia A. Husted Farm, Upper Saucon Township, a 31-acre horse farm

The Gregory Geiger and John Stewart Farm, Weisenberg Township, a 53-acre crop farm

The Kevin L. Smith #6 Farm, Heidelberg Township, a 24-acre crop farm

Montgomery County – Total investment – $934,674, state – $18,854, county – $793,484, township – $122,336

The Donald F. Hemsley Farm, Lower Salford Township, a 30-acre crop farm

The John A. and Barbara J. Tim Farm #1, New Hanover Township, a 30-acre crop farm

Northampton County – Total investment – $201,879, state only

Sutliff Farms #2, East Allen Township, a 33-acre crop and livestock farm

Perry County – Total investment – $166,908, state – $84,704, county – $82,204

The Daryl I. and Wanda A. Brookhart Farm, Liverpool Township, a 160-acre crop and livestock farm

Tioga County – Total investment – $152,420, state – $74,393, county – $78,027

The Barry and Jane Brucklacher Farm, Charleston Township, a 103-acre crop farm

Union County – Total investment – $189,985, state only

The Luke W. and Ada Mae Hoover Farm #1, Buffalo Township, a 60-acre crop and livestock farm

Westmoreland County – Total investment – $222,311, state – $115,955, county – $106,355

The Christopher and Stephanie M. Rerko Farm #1, Rostraver Township, a 42-acre crop and livestock farm

York County – Total investment – $905,202, state only

The Timothy Jordan #1 Farm, Chanceford Township, a 50-acre crop farm

The Dennis Myers #1 Farm, Codorus Township, a 91-acre crop farm

The George O. Phillips Jr. & Kimberly A. Swam #1 Farm,  Shrewsbury Township, a 172 acre crop & livestock farm

Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation Program recently secured a $7.85 million grant from the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program to support climate-smart conservation on preserved Pennsylvania farms.

The dollars will further multiply Wolf Administration investments in conservation in the 2022-’23 budget, which devotes $220 million to the new Clean Streams Fund. The fund includes $154 million to establish a new Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program supporting farmers’ efforts to reduce water pollution and improve soil quality, and $22 million to increase funding for the existing Nutrient Management Fund, which supports technical assistance to farms to reduce run-off. 

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