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Author Dean Fedde (right) and his brother Wayne on the farm they protected with a conservation easement. The Nebraska farmers vowed to save their family farmland and worked with Nebraska Land Trust to permanently protect it in 2010.

A tale of two farms: The power of conservation easements

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2021
Author: 
Dean Fedde

I am a lifelong Nebraskan with deeply planted roots in southwest Sarpy County. For nearly a century, my family has farmed in the Lower Platte Valley, an area rich with some of our state’s most fertile soils. In Nebraska’s fastest growing county, there is now an urgency to protect the historic farmsteads, rolling fields of grain and the diverse habitat needed to sustain the abundant wildlife of the region. In these rapidly changing times, agriculture is being squeezed out and farms are vanishing at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, my family has suffered that reality.

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One Alliance, One Community

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Fall 2018
Author: 
Christina Soto

The Land Trust Alliance works with the land trust community in countless ways, demonstrating how we are all stronger together.

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Elin Parker Ganschow, owner of Music Meadows Ranch/Photo by Kate Spinelli/San Isabel Land Protection Trust (accredited)

A Good Incentive to Save Land

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Winter 2018
Author: 
Edith Pepper Goltra

Two years after succeeding after succeeding in getting the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations passed with the help of many partners, the Land Trust Alliance features stories from land trusts and landowners showing how it’s working.

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Old McDonald Didn’t Get a Tax Break

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

Old McDonald had a farm, but he didn’t get a tax break. The tax court issued its first interpretation of the “farmer and rancher rule,” which gives qualified farmers a boost when claiming a tax deduction for a conservation easement.  

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Election Year Opportunities

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Fall 2016
Author: 
Sean Robertson and Catherine Ward

Being a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on protecting a community’s special places doesn’t mean a land trust has to stay silent while campaigns are going on.