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Horse Industry Mobilises To Protect Fayette Farmland
In Kentucky, "an update of the Comprehensive Plan For Fayette County has attracted heightened interest from the local horse industry, which has formed the Fayette Alliance to protect farmland," reported bloodhorse.com. At issue is the "possible expansion of the Urban Services Area boundary to allow for future development" on the 128,000 acres outside Lexington's Uurban Services Area. Fayette Alliance organiser & former director of the Blue Grass Conservancy (which protects thousands of acres in Fayette & surrounding counties) Margaret Graves declared: "This decision is important to the thoroughbred industry. The farmland in Fayette County is what makes it such a special place to live." Fellow Fayette Alliance member & Darby Dan Farm managing partner John Phillips added: "This is our factory floor. In order for it to operate efficiently, we need to maintain the critical mass. Suburban sprawl intrudes upon our factory floor & there's incremental erosion to that floor. The mission of the Fayette Alliance is to educate Fayette County of the importance of the industry, its importance to the economy & the importance to the welfare of the community as a whole. Obviously, thoroughbreds play a major part in that process."