Pennsylvania’s NHAs include Delaware and Lehigh, Schuylkill River Valley, Lackawanna Valley, Oil Region, and Rivers of Steel. Under the bill, funding caps would be removed and Congress would continue funding the NHAs for 15 years.
Access to farmland is vital to food security and meeting demands in both a regular and crisis climate. In 2019, an agriculture research study funded by the department and conducted by Dr. Thomas Daniels, University of Pennsylvania, found the total economic impact of farmland preservation in Pennsylvania to be valued from $1.8 to $2.9 billion annually.
The farms preserved include crop, fruit and vegetable, dairy, nursery, beef and livestock operations. Click Here for a list of farms preserved.
Visit the Department of Agriculture’s Farmland Preservation webpage to learn more about this program.
Now, for the first time, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is on a fast track to be guaranteed full funding and protected from annual funding raids.