2012-06-21 / Local & State

State Shields 2,389 Farm Acres From Development

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Twenty-eight more Pennsylvania farms in 14 counties are being protected from development.

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board on Thursday approved easements to preserve the farms and 2,389 acres of land that go with them.

The state's farmlandpreservation program allows state, county and local governments to buy the development rights from landowners.

Since the program began in 1988, more than $1 billion has been spent to preserve 464,000 acres on nearly 4,300 farms.

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