- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

NORTH CANAAN, Conn. (AP) - A 220-acre farm in North Canaan is the latest to be protected under Connecticut’s Farmland Preservation Program.

The Department of Agriculture acquired the development rights to the Anderson farm, where hay and corn silage is grown to support the nearby Elm Knoll dairy farm.

More than 8,000 acres of farmland is being protected in Litchfield County. This acquisition is the 65th in the county and the fifth in North Canaan.

Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky (reh-VIHT’-skee) said the state has a “long record of success” in “ensuring agricultural protection continues to thrive in Litchfield County.

The farm, owned by Robert and Charles Anderson, has been the family since 1928. The farm’s deed will now be restricted to agricultural use, in perpetuity. No homes or structures can be built on the property.

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