An effort to preserve farmland has stalled in the Tennessee Senate

Tennessee is growing at an incredible pace. Sometimes, that can be a good thing. But for the agricultural community, it’s a concern. A recent study found that by the year 2027, Tennessee will have lost two million acres of farmland.

“I miss that old-style living, you know?” said Mark Pewitt.

Pewitt grew up in Brentwood, and when he was a kid, Moores Lane was more of a country lane.

“It was just all farmland,” said Pewitt. “We rode our four-wheelers back here in Montclair [neighborhood] behind here.”

That’s certainly not true anymore. Places like the historic Primm Farm have been cleared for neighborhoods and retail. It’s a pattern we’re seeing across the state.

“It’s amazing how much it’s developed just coming from Nashville and pushing south,” said Pewitt.

Lawmakers are worried about it too, which is why Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee proposed a Farmland Preservation Fund.

“The goal is to make sure farmland stays farmland so we have something to eat in the future,” said Rep. Rusty Grills, R-Newbern, during committee debate Wednesday.

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