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Departmental Honors




As farmland in Cache Valley continues to be overtaken by development each year, local farmers are looking for ways to protect their farmland from the encroaching urbanization. In recent years, funding has become available for purchase of agricultural conservation easements (PACE) programs. Although these programs are quite new to Cache Valley, they have the potential to be an effective tool in farmland preservation. This report looks at the implementation of PACE programs in Cache Valley and is divided into five main sections: a discussion of farmland loss in Cache Valley, an explanation of purchase of agricultural conservation easements programs, descriptions of organizations that support PACE programs, examples of PACE programs successfully protecting farmland in Cache Valley, and a discussion on problems currently affecting PACE programs in Cache Valley.

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Faculty Mentor

L. Dwight Israelsen

Departmental Honors Advisor

L. Dwight Israelsen