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PLN News October 2014: Farm Success, Sustainability and Succession
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Conservation Easements Controversy

SD Conservation easement. Photo: Collette Kessler.
On August 28, the Virginia Tax Department announced it was modifying its procedures for issuing land preservation tax credits, largely due to a decreased demand for credits and landowners' fear of audits or other complications.

Two conferences this month also featured important presentations on legal challenges to conservation easement appraisals. They can be read here and here.

5 New Papers on Profitable, Sustainable Ag

The Cool Farm Tool
AGree, a food & ag policy center, recently released 5 new papers on "productivity, profitability, and environmental outcomes in agriculture."

The sustainable ag tools highlighted in one of their papers are featured in the PLN Conservation Toolbox.

Read AGree's press release, with links to all 5 papers.

Have a Farm Succession Plan?

Farming's next generation. Photo: Sharon O'Toole.
Do you have a succession plan for your farm? A recent article from Southern Farm Press describes the importance of having a farm succession plan and offers advice for farmers

For Ag tax professionals, the Illinois Tax School will provide innovative farm estate planning strategies to assist farm clients in a seminar Monday, Sept. 29 in Champaign, IL.

Learn more about the seminar and register here.

Texas Longleaf Pine Conservation Funding

TX longleaf pine restoration. Photo: USDA.
Texas A&M Forest Service last week announced that funding is now available for private landowners to conserve and increase the total acreage of longleaf pine forests in Texas.

Learn more and apply for financial assistance.

Collaborative Conservation in Idaho

Lemhi River, Idaho. Photo: Michael Smith.
Across the West, conflict can arise between landowners and natural resource managers. "But things are different in Lemhi County (Idaho), where ranchers, conservation groups and government agencies have been working together to help fish."

Featured in the article is Nikos Monoyios, a committed conservationist who helped provide initial funding for RFF's upcoming Idaho Conservation Connection.

Read the article here.
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More Press for RFF's Lousiana Conservation Connection

Our subscribers read about the trip taken by RFF's Amos Eno to unveil our new Louisiana Conservation Connection.

The successful trip continues to receive press coverage.
Stewardship Alliance of Northeast Elko County: Facilitator Training Workshop

We are approaching the workshop with a sage grouse focus scheduled for Oct. 22-23 in Elko.

More on the workshop here.
Driving Our Local Renewables Market

Panel discussion on the VA Governor's Energy Plan and how we as a community can be heard.

Friday Sept. 26, 2014
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Register here.
Sage Grouse Brings Sec. Jewell to Lakeview

Today, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell begins tour of sage grouse habitat and what's being done to preserve it in southern Oregon.

More here.
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