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Blair ag projects receive funding

Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the approval of $3,469,500 million in funding to expand agriculture operations for nine projects in six Pennsylvania counties — including two in Blair County. The investments approved will help farmers acquire buildings, farmland and construct barns and broiler houses.

Blair County First Industry Fund projects include:

ö Mark and Megan Frederick, through the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, were approved for a 15-year, $400,000 PIDA loan at a 1% reset rate for the acquisition of 59.94 acres of agricultural land located in Taylor Township. They will crop the additional acreage to supply feed for their increased herd. This purchase will give the couple assurance of adequate acreage to produce the required feedstock. The total project cost is $900,000.

ö Adam and Amy Hileman, through the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, were approved for a 15-year, $400,000 PIDA loan at a 1% reset rate for the acquisition of a 145-acre farm located in Woodbury Township. The Hileman family has rented the project property for many years. By purchasing the property, the Hilemans will maintain the crop acreage they currently have and provide stability to the farming operation. Improvements to the property include a two-story house, bank barn and machinery shed. The total project cost is $900,000.

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