In the fifteen years between 1982 and 1997, the population of the US grew by 17 percent – but the amount of land developed increased by 47%!
Between 1992 and 1997, the United States lost an area of farmland equal to the size of the state of Maryland (6 million acres) to development!
PRIME agricultural land disappeared 30 percent faster than less fertile farmland!
Here in Kentucky, in the same 15 years, we lost almost 600,000 acres of cropland and pasture to development, and of those, almost half (283,000 acres) were PRIME agricultural land.
Kentucky is still losing farmland at the rate of 140 acres per day!
Sustainable Lands Roundtable in Central Kentucky. Thanks to the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, New Pioneers leads a group of non-profit local landowners (Dominican Sisters at St. Catharine; Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and Sisters of Loretto in Nerinx; Bernheim Forest; Shaker Village; KY Heritage Lands Conservation Fund; Center for Interfaith Relations) in an effort to share learnings in three areas: conservation management planning, permanent protection of open land, and large landscape wildlife corridors. To learn more about the concepts involved in permanent land conservation, click here: https://youtu.be/ylPskIxAi4Y
Washington County’s prime farmland is a precious treasure. What will we do to ensure the availability of fertile land to future generations of farmers so they will be able to feed our region and state?
New Pioneers promotes two Kentucky programs to help local farm families make the commitment to preserve quality farmland from development:
- Register farmland as a KY Agricultural District – cost-free and simple
Visit www.conservation.ky.gov and click on Programs
- Donate development rights for significant tax savings
Visit www.irs.gov and see IRS Notice 2007-50
For more information about either of these programs or to volunteer to help promote farmland preservation in central Kentucky, contact us by phone or email.