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State Acquires Development Rights for North Canaan Farm

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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.

“Protection of the Anderson Farm is an important addition to the long record of success the state has had in ensuring that agricultural production continues to thrive in Litchfield County,” Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said.

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.

This report contains information from the Associated Press. 

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