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Flooded Fields

A farmer works the fields along Trindle Road in Carlisle.

Two Cumberland County farms were among 31 properties approved for preservation status by the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board at its April meeting.

April’s round of preservation approvals totaled 3,134 acres statewide, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

The department listed two Cumberland County farm parcels approved for preservation this month: 77 acres owned by Dennis and Donna Calaman, and 81 acres owned by Lester and Lori Wenger.

Board approval allows for the disbursement of state funding for the purchase of easements on farmland, which is typically done in conjunction with federal and county funds.

Such easements require that the land continue to be used for agriculture, limiting the development of prime farmland and giving farmers a boost of capital.

Cumberland County allocates $500,000 per year out of the county budget for farmland preservation.

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Cumberland County/Investigative Reporter

Reporter for The Sentinel.