DELAWARE - Delaware has added another 4,300 acres to its Farmland Preservation Program. With these 44 new farms added to the list, there is now a total of more than 115,000 acres of farmland permanently protected in the State of Delaware.
The program has been going on since 1991. Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee said "For more than two decades, Delaware has been a leader in preserving farmland, protecting open space and keeping agriculture profitable. The investments we make today will pay off for our children and grandchildren, and help keep our rich agricultural heritage thriving."
Within the voluntary program, the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation doesn't own the land, but buys the landowner's development rights, and has a permanent agricultural conservation easement placed on the property. Of the 44 new farms, 26 are in Sussex County, 17 in Kent County, and one in New Castle County.