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Setting the PACE to protect farmland

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Greg Peck
April 23, 2013

Rock County is blessed with rich farmland featuring some of the best topsoil in the world. Drive east of Janesville, and youíll see seemingly endless acres of Rock Prairie farmland. It isnít endless, however, and we must stop treating it like it is.

Thatís where a program called PACE can help. PACE stands for Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements, and Rock County enacted the program three years ago. It offers landowners money when they agree to limit future use of their land to agriculture.

How is the program working, and what are the pros and cons? What is the county using to fund it, and is the money sufficient?

Weíll share our perspectives in our editorial Wednesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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