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Preserved Hunterdon County Farm Has New Owner
For Immediate Release: April 5, 2000 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


Robert A. LeCompte of Lebanon, Hunterdon County, is the new owner of the permanently preserved, former Barrett Farm in Union Township, Hunterdon County. Mr. LeCompte placed the high bid as the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) sold the farm today at public auction. The SADC had purchased the 150-acre farm for $1.1 million last month. Union Township contributed $200,000 toward that cost and Hunterdon County provided $100,000. The SADC added deed restrictions to permanently protect the property for agricultural use before reselling it today. Mr. LeCompte, the owner of Valley Crest Farm in Lebanon, purchased the Union Township Farm for $450,000. The SADC had purchased the former Barrett Farm through its fee simple program. Under this program, the SADC buys farms outright from willing sellers, deed restricts them to ensure that they are permanently preserved for farming, and then resells them to the highest bidders. Proceeds from today's auction will be returned to the Farmland Preservation Program and used to preserve other New Jersey farms.

To date, 418 farms totaling 62,210 acres have been permanently protected under the Farmland Preservation Program, with an additional 14,862 acres approved for preservation.