(Burlington, Ky.) – With its international airport, sprawling neighborhoods, and plenty of retail space, one may not think of Boone County as much of an agricultural area.
A farm in rural Boone County.
Boone County Farm Initiative
But it is if you ask the Boone County Conservation District, who has profiled 47 percent of the county’s land, or 246.26 square miles, is in farms.
The conservation district has assembled the Boone County Farm Initiative, which will hold its first forum Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Boone County Extension Center, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington.
Meant to become a series of talks regarding farming in the county, tonight’s forum will focus on how tax assessments are made on agricultural property. Boone County Property Valuation Administrator Cindy Rich is slated to be a guest speaker.
The farm initiative received comments from through its farm study earlier this year identifying assessments as an issue on the minds of local farmers. A survey was mailed to 1,669 land owners with 340 respondents giving information about themselves, their land use, and future plans for their property.
Production agriculture in Boone County has an economic impact of $24.6 million dollars the Boone County Farm Initiative study released Sept. 1 showed.
While the study has shows farms still going strong in the county, the number of those farms is declining. In 2002 there were 742 farms in the county border, but that number fell to 682 in 2007. Tobacco farms took the biggest hit falling from 162 to just 27 during that same span.
The study can be found online at the Boone County Conservation District website, http://www.boonecountyky.org/bccd/default.aspx.