In November of 2013, The Tennessean published an article about disappearing farmland in our rural communities. Between 2007 and 2012, Tennessee lost 3,000 family farms totaling over 600,000 acres of land.
The Land Trust read this article and thought The Tennesseean reporters needed to know we are taking on the responsibility of attacking this issue in full force. So we called and invited them on a tour of protected farms with us for a first hand look at what we are doing to keep Tennessee’s agricultural communities thriving.
The Robertson County Times covered our closing of the Goodman family’s farm on the front page on December 31, 2013.
The Land Trust’s Farmland Director lead a team from The Tennessean on a tour of the five family farms (totaling 1,200 acres!) that we protected in 2013.
The Tennessean ran the story on the front page on February 1, 2014, and was picked up by USA TODAY a week later to further the conversation about increasing the tax incentives for farmland preservation.
[Substantial tax incentives are already in place, but increasing deductions from 30% to 50% of a land owner’s gross income would be welcomed extra incentive. If a donor qualified as a farmer or rancher, then up to 100% of income could be deducted.]
We are losing critical farm land at an alarming rate and these lands must be protected now… before it is too late.
- READ ABOUT OUR ROBERTSON COUNTY PROJECTS
- Robertson County Times, PRESERVING FARMLANDS
- Download More Info: ROBERTSON COUNTY BROCHURE
- Do you have Robertson County Land you’d like to keep in your farming family + protect forever? Click here.