HARRISBURG – The state Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill that would boost PA’s farmland preservation program by expanding eligibility to land trusts. Senate Bill 881 would direct a portion of existing farmland preservation funding to private land trusts. Matching funds would be required from land trusts, which would infuse new private funding into the state’s efforts to preserve farmland. PA leads the nation in the number of farms and acres permanently preserved for agricultural production. To date, 552,702 acres have been preserved on 5,329 farms across the state. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.