HARRISBURG – PA has protected 2,046 acres on 24 farms in 10 counties from future development, investing nearly $7.5 million in state, county, local, and nonprofit dollars to ensure that prime farmland is not lost to development. PA has now protected 6,118 farms and 616,713 acres in 58 counties from future commercial, industrial or residential development.The newly preserved farms are in Berks, Bucks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Wyoming and York Counties. PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said, “Every dollar spent protecting prime farmland from development is an investment in our economy, our environment, our quality of life, and our ability to feed PA‘s families and economy.”