Carroll County boasts a rich agricultural heritage.  Farming and agribusiness are woven into every aspect of the county – from the rural working landscape, cherished by the public, to their significant contribution to the county’s economy, jobs and revenues.  Preservation of farmland provides the opportunity to continue these aspects of the county that are so loved and so necessary to support the county’s economic base.   Preserving large, contiguous areas of agricultural land is essential to building a “critical mass” of viable agricultural operations in order to sustain agri-businesses such as farm suppliers and ag lenders, necessary for farm operations to thrive.   Land preservation also benefits to the environment and helps to protect our streams.