Farmland Preservation - Combining Land Conservation andPlanned Giving
Probate and Property, September/October 2003, Volume 17, Number 5
By Myra Lenburg and Norman Rogers Jr.
Myra Lenburg is the director of Planned Giving and Farm Legacy for the American Farmland Trust and is located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Norman Rogers Jr. is a lawyer in New Hartford, Connecticut, and a consultant to American Farmland Trust.
Every day, acres of productive farm and ranch land are lost to development. A typical story might go like this: A landowner is thinking about retirement but needs income. With no children interested in running his farm, he searches for the highest bidder. His farm is located in an area subject to increasing pressure from nearby sprawling development.