Governor Rendell Marks Farmland Preservation Milestone in Monroe County - County Reaches 5,000-Acre Mark of Preserved Farmland
 
(Note: This is written to make the reader believe that buying -- with taxpayer dollars, no less -- the property rights of taxpayers and their heirs is somehow "preserving" farming. Nope. It's all about CONTROLLING land, water and resources. The "landowners" still have the "privilege" of paying taxes on land on which they no longer have all their property rights. This "privilege" extends to their heirs AND anyone buying those lands, which have diminished in value BECAUSE they cannot be developed. Think of an Amish family wanting to build homes for their children and grandchildren on the family farm. No can do anymore after this is done and the ink is dry. The children and grandchildren are now forced to live elsewhere. Not such a great deal as it is portrayed...)
 
 
August 4, 2005
 
 

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania /PRNewswire/ - As part of his ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania and preserve its natural gifts, Governor Edward G. Rendell today celebrated Monroe County's 5,000th acre of preserved farmland at the Alden and Anne Fetherman nursery stock farm.
 
The governor commended the work of county and state administrators in helping to make Pennsylvania the national leader in farmland preservation.

"Pennsylvania is proud to lead the nation in the number of farms and total acres preserved," said Governor Rendell. "Our efforts at the state level, along with 55 counties that operate their own program, help to ensure that the valuable farmland worked today will be around for future generations."

Governor Rendell presented a ceremonial check to the Fethermans representing the purchase price of their farm, which put the county over the 5,000-acre mark.
 
The purchase was funded jointly using state and county dollars.

Pennsylvania has preserved 304,152 acres and 2,618 farms since 1989 through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program, which was designed to slow the loss of farmland development.
 
The program enables state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements (also known as development rights) from landowners.

In July, Governor Rendell delivered on his promise of investing in protecting the state's natural environment and resources. The voter-approved Growing Greener II will invest $625 million to preserve working farms, clean up rivers and streams and protect natural areas to improve the quality of life of residents in the commonwealth.

"Not only is the farmland preservation program a great way to maintain our agricultural heritage, but it also ensures that high quality food continues to be produced in our own backyards," said Rendell. "Growing Greener II will help to ensure this vitally important practice is continued well into the future."

The program will contribute $80 million over six years to farmland preservation. These funds will help to address the increasing demands of protecting working farms from the development associated with urban sprawl. Pennsylvania loses approximately 300 acres of farmland to development each day, while only preserving 64. Today, almost 2,000 farms are on the waiting list for help to keep them operating. Growing Greener funds will help accomplish that goal.

For more information on the farmland preservation program, visit http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us and click on 'Producers.'

Contact: Kate Philips 717-783-1116
 
Source: Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, August 4, 2005  
 
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