A 118-acre soy, corn and wheat production farm in central Union County will be a farm forever after being turned over to the Catawba Lands Conservancy.
With grants from the NC Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and the Federal Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program, the Catawba Lands Conservancy was able to purchase an agricultural conservation easement on the farm, owned by eighth-generation farmer Frank Howey.
Howey farms an estimated 9,000 acres of land he either owns or leases in Union County. The Lands Conservancy said this was the first phase of a larger effort by the group to conserve an estimated 900 acres of Howey-owned farmland over the next several years.
“We are happy to pass along our family’s farm heritage through conserving this property so that is will remain a farm forever,” Howey said in a press release. “I hope that other farmers will take time to learn about and understand the value of conservation easements and how they can benefit and meet our individual farming needs.”