Farmland Preservation

ASA11x17 webPreserved Farmland in Centre County, 2023

Pennsylvania leads the nation in farmland preservation, with 619,191 acres and 6,148 farms preserved. Since 1989, the state government, 58 counties, numerous municipalities, and the federal government have invested more than $1.6 billion in our agriculture industry's ability to feed our families and our economy.

Why Preserve and Protect Prime Farmland?

Because we're losing prime farmland to other land uses. In 2003, the County Comprehensive Plan recorded that approximately two acres of farmland were lost to other uses per day — the equivalent of an average size Centre County farm every three months. Pennsylvania lost 728,700 acres of agricultural land to development between 1982 and 2007.

Because our farmers feed us. 

Because agricultural operations provide significant environmental, economic, cultural and aesthetic benefits to our community and beyond. 

Learn more

Agriculture is our heritage and our future

Centre County has a rich agricultural history as the home of The Pennsylvania State University. Established in 1855 as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania and renamed the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania in 1862, Penn State has trained generations of farmers to sustain central Pennsylvania as an agricultural region.

Preserved farms are farmland foreverPreserved Farms Magnet Single Image_Logo _web

Of the 59,000 farms in Pennsylvania, 1,023 are located in Centre County.

There are farms in Centre County where families have been working their land for more than 200 years. Most want to continue farming and don’t want to see their land lost to development. Farmers who preserve their farmland are safeguarding it from development forever. They’re protecting it for their descendants as well as honoring the legacy of their ancestors, and building their own legacy as stewards of their land.  

Centre County Preserved Farms
Since 1991, Centre County has preserved 59 farm parcels and 8,785 acres of farmland. 

For more information about farmland preservation, please contact Diana Griffith, Centre County Ag Land Preservation Coordinator, at dlgriffith@centrecountypa.gov or (814) 355-6791. 

WATCH Farmland Preservation: Preserving Our Roots, Securing Our Future

Tools and References