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American Farmland Trust (AFT) works to protect farmland and make sure farming remains a way of life in Kentucky. Our programs, projects and advocacy have impacted communities across the state.

Scott County Adopts Purchase of Development Rights Program

Scott County became the second county in Kentucky to adopt a Purchase of Development Rights program. Upon the unanimous vote of the Fiscal Court to adopt the PDR ordinance, County Judge Executive George Lusby announced $1 million allocated to seed the program in the proposed FY 2009 Budget.

John Lacy, chair of the local Farm Bureau and Soil and Water Conservation District, noted several keys to getting the PDR program adopted: “PDR was a top priority of our county Comprehensive Plan update; we reconvened the rural committee as soon as the plan was approved to develop a strategy to get this recommendation implemented. Also, Fayette County has a successful PDR program next door; we followed their guidelines and structure to speed up our process. Finally, we worked closely with the Fiscal Court (County Commission) the whole way through; with three of the seven members being full-time farmers, they understood the challenges the agricultural community faces in the Bluegrass Region.” 

For more information on the Scott County PDR program, contact Carolyn Oldfield of the Thoroughbred RC&D Council. For help on developing a farmland protection strategy for your county in the Southeast, contact Bob Wagner of American Farmland Trust.

 
Farmland Protection in Shelby, Fayette and Oldham Counties

In Shelby County, AFT recently completed a series of workshops about the benefits of creating a local-level purchase of development rights (PDR) program. In Fayette County, AFT continues to provide technical support for the county's PDR program. Logan County, located in rural Southern Kentucky, is not yet experiencing the growth pressures seen in the Bluegrass region, but county leaders are focusing on farmland protection options. AFT also helped Oldham County analyze the fiscal effects of current development patterns and understand the benefits of privately owned agricultural land by conducting a cost of community services (COCS) study.

 
Kentucky Farmland Preservation Roundtable
Responding to the growing interest in local farmland protection programs and the need to restore funding to the state Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements Program, AFT and the Thoroughbred RC&D convened a statewide farmland preservation roundtable at the Kentucky Horse Park in April, 2007. The roundtable gave farmers, planners, elected officials, and government and non-profit employees and citizens the opportunity to learn about current developments in federal, state and local policy and to explore opportunities for future collaboration.
 
AFT Holds Easements On Farmland In Kentucky

AFT holds an agricultural conservation easement on an 836-acre cattle grass and horse farm in Oldham County, as well as easements on a 262-acre farm in Shelby County and a 445-acre farm in Mercer County.

 
 
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