Lancaster County, the state and national leader with more than 100,000 acres of farmland preserved, recently fell into second place in state funding received for county preservation programs.
In 2013, we were second to Northampton and this year to Chester.
That prompted members of the Lancaster County Agricultural Preserve Board to talk of the bigger bang for the buck that Lancaster County gets in per-acre terms.
And, among the top five counties, Lancaster County pays the second-least per acre at $2,528, compared to $5,604 in Chester and $8,852 in Bucks County, which will get the third-most state funding this year.
The figures in the maps and charts below concern farmland preserved through Pennsylvania's farmland preservation program.
Some of Lancaster County's 100,000 preserved acres have come without state funding.
The per-acre averages are based on the amounts paid for the development rights to farms through the state program since it preserved its first acre in December 1989.
The state program has preserved 486,628 acres in 25 years. The state funding figures reflect what has been allocated for 2014.