HARRODSBURG - The future of a program that protects farm land from development is in jeopardy.
Steve Coleman, director of the state Division of Conservation and chairman of the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority, talked about the program Thursday at the third annual Farm City Breakfast.
The Purchase of Agriculture Conservation Easements program is popular among Mercer County farmers. At least 23 easements in the county have been approved by the PACE program and other easement applications are in the process of approval, but those and others may never be approved.
"We're broke," said Coleman, who also serves on the board governing the PACE program. The program needs money to compensate the property owners who put their land in the program. Putting land in the program means it can never be developed for either commercial or residential uses.