Results and Accomplishments
The Athens Land Trust (ALT) and the Oconee Partnership for Farmland Protection (OPFP) have worked since 1995 and 1999, respectively, to identify alternatives for the area's farmers who would prefer that their land remain in agricultural use. Both organizations strive to see the area's farm properties protected.
Working together, ALT and OPFP were able to secure funds from Georgia's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service) to place a conservation easement on a portion of the Breedlove-Powers Farm, a fourth-generation cattle and hay farm in Oconee County just south of Athens. A grant made by NRCS was matched by funds provided by Oconee County (through the Georgia Natural Resources Greenspace Program) and the farm's owners, Allen and Ann Powers. As a result, a total of 57.6 acres of the 354-acre Breedlove-Powers Farm will forever be protected as productive farmland.