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Farmland Preservation: An Estate Planning Tool

Author: 
Lori Lynch

Maryland's rural landscape continues to change. While some farmers choose to sell their farms to residential developers, in other cases farmland is lost because the owner dies and the family cannot afford to pay the estate taxes without selling all or part of the farm. This fact sheet presents several ways agricultural land preservation may be an estate-planning tool for your farm family.

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