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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 3, 2017 03:29 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Agricultural Conservation Easements
I am planning to introduce legislation that will correct a problem for farmers who have placed their land under an agricultural conservation easement with the state.

Some farmers wish to allow for a trail easement through their property. These easements may provide them some tax benefits or possibly an additional source of direct income. Currently, the Department of Agriculture does not allow for this additional easement on the property. In addition to frustrating the farmers’ intention, this policy also makes it difficult to establish continuity in the trail systems. This legislation will limit the extent of the trails and requires that they be constructed in such a way so that they do not diminish the agricultural productivity in a significant way. These easements can only be created with the fully voluntary cooperation of the farmer.

Introduced as HB885