Preserving farmland has traditionally been a high priority of conservation districts. Unfortunately, this important resource is experiencing increased pressure from commercial development and urban and suburban sprawl. Amendments to the state’s agricultural security area law allow conservation districts to be involved in administering the Farmland Preservation Program. This legislation allows the purchase of conservation easements that prevent the development or improvement of land for any purpose other than agricultural production.Conservation districts work with county agricultural land preservation boards to fulfill requirements enabling qualified landowners to sell the development rights on their agricultural land.
Agricultural Preservation Board
Lawrence County’s Agricultural Preservation Board is comprised of:
Chairman: Dave Whiting
Vice-Chair: Loren Elder
Treasurer: Penny Kretzer
Secretary: Helen Jackson
Director: Bill Allen