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SADC to Hold Special Preservation Funding Round
For Immediate Release: March 6, 2001 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) is offering a special funding round for landowners interested in preserving their farmland by selling their development easements directly to the state. The deadline to apply for SADC direct easement purchases is April 2nd. "We have $9 million available for this special funding round," said Agriculture Secretary Art Brown, Jr., who chairs the SADC. "Judging by the great response we had when we offered a similar opportunity earlier this year, we're sure many other landowners will want to participate in this second round." In the first special funding round, the SADC last month approved for preservation 77 farms totaling approximately 7,700 acres at an estimated cost of nearly $30 million. Landowners interested in applying for preservation should contact the SADC at (609) 984-2504 for applications or additional information. The SADC administers the state Farmland Preservation Program. To date, 486 farms totaling 71,224 acres have been permanently preserved under the Farmland Preservation Program.