The Agricultural District and Conservation Act was passed in 1984 by the Kentucky General Assembly.
The law is aimed at protecting the best agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural uses.
It provides a means to both protect and enhance agriculture and its importance as a viable and natural resource in Kentucky. Ag districts force governments to consider the impact of their action on an agricultural area.
All members of a district have the right to have their land assessed by the local property valuation administrator at the land's ag-use value. And most importantly, the land within a district cannot be annexed.
To create an ag district, a landowner or landowners must have at least 250 acres or more of land which is in agricultural use and must petition the local conservation district board of supervisors to designate the parcel of land to an ag district.