The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a York County farm was preserved.

A Chanceford Township farm was among 21 protected by the state's Agricultural Land Preservation Board this month.

The Carl and Margaret Shaull farm, a 62.35-acre crop farm, was preserved with an easement price of $130,663.05, according to Will Nichols, spokesman for the department. That's about $2,095 per acre.

Including the Shaull farm, the preservation board protected 1,445 acres of Pennsylvania farmland throughout York, Lancaster, Dauphin, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Chester, Lebanon, Northampton and Westmoreland counties.

Since the program's inception in 1988, the state has paid about $1.2 billion to preserve 471,601 acres on 4,385 farms throughout 57 counties, according to the state Department of Agriculture.


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