More than 40 farms, including eight from Central Pennsylvania, have been added to the state's farmland preservation program.
The Agricultural Land Preservation Board announced 4,181 additional acres in 21 counties on Thursday.
The following local farms were preserved:
• The Victor and Cheryl and David and Jill Barrick farm, a 146.72-acre crop farm.
• The Harold M. III and Anna M. Barley farm #2, a 70.1-acre crop and livestock operation.
• The Fred L. and Connie L. Ranck farm, a 152.16-acre crop and livestock operation.
• The Edwin G. and Karen J. Copenhaver farm, a 28.39-acre crop farm.
• The David E. Rittle Sr. farm, a 45.32-acre crop and livestock operation.
• Spring Nook Farms, a 226.99-acre crop and livestock operation.
• The George O. Phillips Jr. farm #2, a 111.39-acre crop farm.
• The Alan J. and Philip G. and Jennifer D. Yost farm #1, a 47.29-acre crop farm.
Since 1988, state, county and local governments have invested more than $1.2 billion in more than 484,000 acres on more than 4,500 farms in 57 counties, according to the state. In some cases, federal reimbursements are available to help.
The farmland preservation program enables state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements, also called development rights, from farm owners.