The County Commissioners Thursday approved 12 applications from farmowners for the Agriculture Land Preservation Program.
The properties total 828.9 acres. The county now has preserved almost 41,000 acres of farmland.
Carroll's goal is to preserve 100,000 acres of farmland, or aboutone-third of the county's land area.
The farms approved were:
* Danny F. and Sharon F. Somers of 1202 Brown Road in Westminster -- 36.2 acres.
* Ralph and Betty Kelly of 4035 Bull Frog Road in Taneytown -- 41.9 acres.
* Henry and Katherine Mirfin of 4351 Middleburg Road in Union Bridge -- four properties totaling 355.2 acres.
*Lucy C. Billings of Hawks Hill Road in New Windsor -- 87.9 acres.
* Robert E. and Cynthia G. Ruhlman of 2203 Blacks Schoolhouse Road in Taneytown -- 25.6 acres.
* Walter F. and Dolores R. Cook of 3128Littlestown Pike in Westminster -- 114.9 acres.
* Lloyd C. Bollinger of 1812 Trevanion Road in Taneytown -- 146.1 acres.
* Charles T. and Patsy L. Wiles of 1591 Crouse Mill Road in Taneytown -- 18.6 acres.
* Robert and Janet Levering of 16942 Bull Frog Road in Taneytown -- 2.5 acres.
After farm owners apply to the preservation program, the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission. The commission then makes recommendations to the county commissioners.
Thestate has threatened to cut $17 million from the farmland preservation budget in the next fiscal year to help close the state's budget deficit. The cut could jeopardize the program, administrators say.