COMMUNITY-BASED LAND CONSERVATION
Farming communities are an important part of our Tennessee way of life.
Between 2000-2012 we protected three farms totaling nearly 600 acres in Robertson County using conservation agreements, but last year we recognized the critical need to ramp up efforts as development is exponentially growing in this county. In 2013 alone, we closed on five new conservation agreements totaling over 1,100 acres in Robertson County.
Farms in this region have some of the most highly productive soils in the state according to 2012 Department of Agriculture statistics. They are used for row crop production, forage for livestock and timber production.
However, these soil conditions are also highly sought after for residential subdivisions and commercial development. Between 2007 and 2012, Tennessee lost 3,000 family farms totaling over 600,000 acres of land. We are losing critical lands at an alarming rate and these lands must be protected now… before it is too late.
- Robertson County Times, SAVING FARMLANDS
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BRACY FARMS: Three separate easements on three properties totaling 557 acres for corn, wheat for grain and for straw, soybean and tobacco production with nearly 60% of the land being prime soils; all farms are in the Red River Watershed and join the river on one tract. (FEB 1, 2013: The Tennessean published a front page story on The Bracys + Robertson Co. farm protection.)
FUQUA FARM: One tract of prime agricultural land totaling 404 acres in the same crop rotation and is farmed by Bracy who told Fuqua about The Land Trust; one side of the farm has the Red River flowing through it. The farm has also a century- old barn totally restored and a family cemetery with headstones dating back to 1781. The property is eligible to receive Century Farm status through The TN Department of Agriculture.
GOODMAN FARM: 160 acres of prime soils in a rotation of corn, wheat, and soybeans and tobacco. The farm has just been recognized as a Century Farm by The TN Department of Agriculture. The house on the property contains one room dating back to 1791 that was the birthplace of Ezekiel Polk, father of President James K. Polk. (December 2013: The Robertson County Times published a front-page story on The Goodmans protecting their
farm. READ MORE: SAVING FARMLANDS)