Feb. 20, 2024

HARRISBURG – Two farms in the 187th Legislative District have been added to Pennsylvania’s list of preserved farmlands, according to Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh).

A horse farm in Heidelberg Township owned by William and Cheryl Ash, and Brian Brady, along with a 28-acre crop farm in Washington Township owned by Errol and Virginia Zellner, Brenda Kay, and Robert Price were among 22 farms in 11 counties included in the latest round of farmland purchases by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. More than $5.8 million in state and county funding was invested to protect 1,519 acres of prime farmland from future development.

“I am pleased to see more Lehigh Valley farm families are taking part in the state’s farmland preservation program, which helps to maintain agriculture as an important contributor to the economy,” said Mackenzie.

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program allows farm families to sell their land’s development rights, preserving their farms and averting future residential, commercial, or industrial development. The Commonwealth partners with counties and sometimes local governments and nonprofits to purchase development rights.

Pennsylvania continues to lead the nation in the number of preserved farms with 6,336 and has invested nearly $1.7 billion since 1988 to protect valuable farmland.

Representative Ryan Mackenzie
187th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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