Although conservation easements can prevent residential or commercial development of agricultural land, they do not ensure that the land will continue to be actively farmed. They do ensure that the land will be available for farming for the future.
Conservation easements must be carefully drafted to ensure that the terms allow farmers to adapt and expand their operations and farming practices to adjust to changing economic conditions.
Monitoring and enforcing conservation easements requires a serious commitment on the part of Bluegrass Conservancy because subsequent landowners are not always interested in upholding easement terms. Bluegrass Conservancy requests a stewardship contribution to ensure adequate resources are available, when needed.
Have questions or want to learn more?
We welcome all inquiries, contact Ashley Greathouse, (859) 255-4552, to discuss the steps involved with protecting your land and what will work best for you and your family. All conversations are strictly confidential.
Why I Conserved
“Sometimes farmers may think that by conserving your land, you can’t do anything with it. That’s not the case. These conservation agreements are flexible and you can farm and change your farming practices. You can build related barns and farm buildings. I really don’t think this hampers farming at all. It protects farming.”
Arthur Hancock, III, Stone Farm
Bourbon County, 2014
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