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Virginia Governor Northam announces new funding to preserve farmland

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 20, 2020
Governor Ralph Northam yesterday announced $350,000 in grants from the Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund to help six localities protect their farm and forest land.
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The grants will be used as matching funds to permanently preserve working lands through local Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) programs.

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The grant recipients for fiscal year 2020 are Albemarle, Clarke, Fauquier, and Stafford counties, and the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

PDR programs empower localities to limit development on priority farm and forest lands and provide an incentive to landowners who want to protect their working lands by voluntarily securing a perpetual conservation easement.

“As Virginia’s largest private industry, agriculture plays a vital role in maintaining our strong economy and outstanding quality of life,” said Governor Northam.

“Through this program, localities are helping us identify the working farm and forest lands that are most important to conserve for agricultural and forestry production, and working to ensure that future generations of Virginians can benefit from cleaner air and cleaner water.”


 

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