HARRISBURG – Today, Pennsylvania safeguarded over 2,600 acres on 30 farms in 16 counties through the state’s nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program. Since 1988, the program has purchased permanent conservation easements on 5,843 Pennsylvania farms, covering 594,457 acres, in 59 counties, ensuring they will remain farms in the future. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said, “Throughout the pandemic, we have seen vividly how crucial our farms are for food in our stores and on our tables.” Preserved farms are protected from future residential, commercial or industrial development. They represent targeted investments in the future of farming and food security in Pennsylvania. The 30 farms preserved today are in Beaver, Butler, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union and York counties. These farms include crop, cattle, sheep, goat and dairy operations.