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Beyond Agricultural Conservation Easements: Ensuring the Future of Agricultural Production

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2013
Author: 
Jane Ellen Hamilton

We all have a deep connection to agriculture; whether because, as Mr. Berry points out, we all eat, or because we value the other important qualities that agricultural producers and their land provide our communities: dollars for local economies, scenic views, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration and cultural values. For these reasons, America’s land trusts have embraced conservation of agricultural lands.