Pennsylvania added 26 more farms with a total of 2,363 acres to its preservation list, the state announced Thursday.
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary George Greig said that leaves the state on track to preserve its 500,000th acre of farmland in the fall. Government entities have spent $1.2 billion in preserving state farmland since the Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program began in 1988.
The program has protected more than 4,600 farms in 57 counties.
The preserved farms are spared from the threat of development in non-agriculture uses. In this latest round, five Lancaster County farms were protected along with four Dauphin County farms and three in Adams County.
The Adams County farms cover the most land at 547.31 acres, the Dauphin County farms are 422.18 acres and the preserved Lancaster County farms total 274.42 acres, according to state figures.
Other farms were preserved in Bucks, Chester, Erie, Lawrence, Lehigh and Lycoming counties.