Five Lehigh Valley farms preserved

The Wolf administration announced Thursday that 3,528 additional acres on 40 farms – including five in the Lehigh Valley – would be protected from development, an investment of more than $9.7 million in state and county dollars to preserve prime farmland.

Also, $735,170 of that will go toward preserving farms on waitlists in six counties. Pennsylvania’s now has 6,044 farms and 611,620 acres of farmland protected in perpetuity from commercial, industrial or residential development.

“Protecting prime farmland is public policy that works, and a priority we all agree on,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said in a release. “It’s a long-lasting, highly effective partnership among state, federal, county and local governments and the farm families who are committed to feeding future generations. Together, we are protecting Pennsylvania’s priceless resources and sustaining our economy.”

The Lehigh Valley farms on the list are:

· The David H. Updike and Elizabeth Updike Cobblah Farm, a 53-acre horse and crop farm in Berks County.

· The Daniel R. Weaver 81-acre dairy farm in Berks County.

· The Alvin Lee Burkholder Jr. and Jane Stephanie Burkholder 47-acre crop farm in Northampton County.

· The Kevin and Denise McEwen 39-acre crop farm in Northampton County.

· The Emma J. Remaly 42-acre crop farm in Northampton County.