Preserving family farms topic of Tuesday seminar

By KEENAN BISHOP Extension Agent for Agriculture Published:

A panel discussion, Greenfields and Greenbacks: Strategies for Preserving Your Farm and Passing it on to the Next Generation, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in Meeting Room A at the Franklin County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct.

This event will feature Libby Jones, former first lady of Kentucky; Tim DeWitt, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Conservancy, and Ben Abell of the Community Farm Alliance, a statewide grassroots organization committed to family-scale farming.

The panelists will describe strategies that families and communities can pursue to protect agricultural land and keep farms economically viable. Topics that will be covered include Purchase of Development Rights (PDR), Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements (PACE), Agricultural Districts, Farms to Schools programs, and other initiatives.

Greenfields and Greenbacks will begin with a reception at 6:30. Panelists will begin speaking at 7. A 45-minute question and answer session will conclude the evening. The event is hosted by EnvisionFranklinCounty, a citizens movement in Franklin County that promotes a healthy, beautiful, and thriving community and encourages development that results in good relationships among people, the land, and future generations.

Jones, farmer, conservationist, former first lady and owner of Airdrie Stud, is known nationally for her work with farmland preservation.

DeWitt, executive director of the Bluegrass Conservancy, is a land-use planner with expertise in agricultural preservation, growth management, and environmental planning.

Abell, board member of the Community Farm Alliance, works at Elmwood Stock Farms and will speak about CFAs Local Independent Food Economies (LIFE) program and their efforts to preserve farmland by making small-scale farming profitable.

KSU Third Thursday

Program on Pastured Poultry

This Thursday, May 18, Kentucky State University will focus on the production of chickens in a free-range or limited confinement management style. This applies to home as well as commercial operations.

The workshop starts at 10 a.m. with Steve Skelton, KSU MPU Coordinator discussing the Mobile Processing Unit (MPU) New User Agreement. John Bromley, pastured poultry farmer, will follow with Growth, Production, and Marketing of Pastured Poultry. A lunch featuring KSU pastured poultry will be provided.

If possible, Bobbie Butler, of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will explain Eggs and Regs. Steve Skelton will finish with a tour of the MPU and docking station. For more details, contact Steve at 597-7501.

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