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A Pennsylvania lawmaker is proposing that preserved farm owners be able to transfer small pieces of their land to neighboring preserved farm owners.

Subdivisions of preserved farmland must currently be at least 10 acres, but Rep. Mindy Fee, R-Manheim, says there are numerous situations in which neighboring farmers would like to transfer smaller parcels.

Fee’s bill, which has not yet been introduced, would require county farmland preservation programs to provide for such small-acreage transfers and would prevent these transfers from triggering rollback taxes under the Clean and Green preferential tax assessment program.

In a statement, Fee said the legislation only applies to farms preserved under the state program.

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