It was a beautiful day in Lancaster County farm country for the Board of Commissioners to present a check for $1,523,636 to the Lancaster Farmland Trust as a long-term investment in preserving natural resources, improving water quality while also preserving valuable farmland. The funds awarded to the Farmland Trust will specifically preserve 21 farms, totaling 1532 acres that will include best management practices (BMPs) and comprehensive nutrient management plans (CNMPs). The implementation of these practices and plans will lead to long-term benefits not just for the future of farming, but for improving soil health and water quality. Lancaster County is the #1 County in the nation for farmland preservation. With this new addition of funds, Lancaster County will take its commitment to good stewardship of our natural resources to an even higher level.