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Elspeth
07-19-2015, 01:38 AM
Agenda 21 advocates replace farmers in droves
http://canadafreepress.com/article/73843

United Nations agencies working against the economic needs and wishes of U.S. citizens compiled a blueprint for achieving Sustainable Development called U.N. Agenda 21. This 40-chapter document (about 300 pages) addresses every facet of human life and how Sustainable Development should be implemented through local, state, and federal government.

With its grant-making power (‘visioning grants’ and ‘challenge grants’) and conservation easements, the federal government promoted the Sustainable Development idea and policies to the state and local levels with the creation of an army of new community of Sustainable Development NGOs (non-government organizations) such as the American Planning Association, the Sustainable Resource Center, and the Institute for Sustainable Development.

Conservation easements, known also as conservation covenants, agricultural easements, and conservation restrictions are contracts between a landowner and a conservation organization, giving the conservation trust power over the use of the land for years or in perpetuity. Such easements “run with the land,” and present and future landowners must abide by this conservation contract which is recorded in the local land records as the easement becomes part of the title for the property.

Conservations easements include a laundry list of objectives established by the land trust and agreed to by the farmer:

Maintain and improve water quality (this may include onerous conditions to the farmer’s use or collection of water, including rain puddles and snowmelt)
Grow healthy forests
Maintain and improve wildlife habitat and migration corridors
Protect scenic views; anything the farmer may desire to build or plant/grow cannot interfere with the view shed
Land must be managed for sustainable agriculture and forestry as determined by the trust that holds the farmer’s conservation easement and is subject to rigorous and frequent inspections.

Real estate development and subdivisions are strictly forbidden in a conservation easement. The decision to place land under conservation easement for tax benefits is voluntary but the land can become locked in perpetuity, no matter who inherits or buys the land in question. The restrictions placed on the land become permanent and it can reduce the resale value of the property.

In every state, the actual conservation easement contract is kept private between the land owner and the land trust.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced its local agricultural easements approved for purchase on June 4, 2015 for “local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements on 54 family farms representing 7,512 acres in 26 counties.”

The local sponsors included land trusts, counties, a township, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. They received funds to make the purchase from the Clean Ohio Fund and to manage the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). The easement purchases are advertised as insurance that “farms remain permanently in agricultural production.” The ulterior motives are much divorced from this public statement.

Farmers who want to lock their land in such conservation easement contracts are financially rewarded and must meet certain criteria:

Farm must be larger than 40 acres or next to an already “preserved” farm
Must actively engage in farming
Participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program
Prove good stewardship of the land (Farmers already take good care of their land because it represents their livelihood.)
Be supported by local government
Not be in close proximity to real estate development
The money received from the conservation easement purchase can be spent any way the farmer wishes; however, “most reinvest it in their farm operation.”

The Ohio Farmland Preservation program derives its funds from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008. The purchase of conservation easements is made through a “competitive process” from “willing sellers.”

According to its website, there are 55,947 acres of land locked in conservation perpetuity, “preserved” under permanent easements. “From 2002-2014, 247 family farms in 53 counties have collectively preserved 45,576 acres in agricultural production.” A list of counties approved for easements in 2015 is included here.

The Office of Farmland Preservation lists the 2015 Clean Ohio LAEPP recipients by county, the specific local sponsoring land trust, the name of the farmer, Tier I or Tier II, acreage per farm, ODA’s contribution to the purchase offer in dollars, and the actual final offer. Who is supplying the difference?

I imagine that it would be hard for a farmer to turn down an offer of $500,000 to “preserve” his farming land, especially if they were strapped for cash. Often, it is difficult to see the bigger picture in the future, beyond one’s farm, and to understand that such conservation easement contracts are not just about being a good steward of your farm and of the environment. They also represent control of private property and its use.

As a matter of fact, the sample deed for the federal government states on page 18, “To HAVE AND TO HOLD the above-described Agricultural Easement to the use, benefit, and behalf of the Grantees, and the United States and their successors and assigns forever.”

Here is the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) approved sample deed for the state of Ohio....

Dori
07-19-2015, 09:28 AM
The Cliven Bundy (rancher stand-off in NV) was about solar panels, Harry Reid and the Chinese.

There is very little private property in NV, it's mostly owned by the Federal Government, and they wanted the area where Bundy had grazed his cattle. They were using a protected desert tortoise as the excuse to remove Bundy's cattle, of course not mentioning how many tortoises and birds get fried by the solar panels.

Dan D. Doty
07-19-2015, 01:07 PM
The Cliven Bundy (rancher stand-off in NV) was about solar panels, Harry Reid and the Chinese.

There is very little private property in NV, it's mostly owned by the Federal Government, and they wanted the area where Bundy had grazed his cattle. They were using a protected desert tortoise as the excuse to remove Bundy's cattle, of course not mentioning how many tortoises and birds get fried by the solar panels.


And the Left who claims to stand up to " THE MAN " for the common folks, wanted the government to go in and wipe everyone out.