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Preserve farmland

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

As I drive around McHenry County, I am constantly amazed at the amount of farmland that has been taken out of production, to restore natural prairie, by the McHenry County Conservation District.

Now I am told the district is nearly broke and will, eventually, seek another referendum to garner more money to buy more farmland, to plant more “prairie” (weeds), and erect more signs extolling the virtues of “this scenic view” for us.

And, of course, the majority of voters in this county, most living in the heavily urban area of the southeastern part of the county, will vote for the referendum. That is fine, but why take all of this land out of production?

Crop price’s are high, and cropland is hard to find and expensive.Leasing all that farmland out would produce a lot of needed income, and, possibly, even prevent another tax increase.

It could easily be farmed and still provide recreation opportunities and the scenic view. Sure makes more sense than new taxes and growing weeds.

Jim Nor


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