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Holding Our Ground

Farmers, who own or rent most of the private land in America, hold the
key not only to the nation’s food supply, but also to managing community growth, maintaining an attractive landscape, and protecting water and wildlife resources. While the issue of protecting farmland and open space is not new, the intensity of the challenge has increased. Farmers are harder pressed to make a living, and rural and suburban communities are struggling to accommodate increasing populations and the development that comes with them. Holding Our Ground can help landowners and communities devise and implement effective strategies for protecting farmland. The book discusses the reasons for protecting farmland and how to make those reasons widely known and understood. It describes the business of farming, federal government farm programs,and the role of land in farmers’s decisions ,analyzes federal, state, and local farmland protection efforts and techniques, explores a variety of land protection options including purchase of development rights; transfer of development rights; private land trusts; and financial, tax, and estate planning .It also reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the available farmland protection tools. The authors describe the many challenges involved in protecting farmland and explain how to create a package of techniques that can meet those challenges. In addition, they offer appendixes with model zoning ordinances, nuisance disclaimers, conservation easements, and other documents that individuals and communities need to carry out the programs discussed.

Tom Daniels and Deborah Bowers
Washington, DC: Island Press
Page Numbers
Publication Date
April 01, 1997
Publication Type
Conservation Easements, Federal Farmland Protection Policies & Programs, Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements, Transfer of Development Rights

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