Understanding Kentucky Equine Land Use

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a largely agricultural state. It’s the “Horse Capital of the World”, the large

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a largely agricultural state. It’s the "Horse Capital of the World", the largest beef producing state east of the Mississippi River, a significant poultry producer poultry, and much of the fruits and vegetables that Kentuckians consume are grown in-state. This pride and ownership in creating quality agricultural products is evidenced in the Kentucky Proud program and the many agricultural events held throughout the state. Because of this strong agricultural focus, most rural areas have agriculturally friendly planning and zoning regulations. However, like much of the United States, Kentucky farms are impacted by urban sprawl.

What is Agricultural Land Use? While it may be tempting to think, "this is an agricultural activity and I’m not subject to any state or local regulation," that is not a productive line of thought. Kentucky state statute does not make any zoning exemptions for agricultural land use; it simply defines agricultural land use.

Kentucky revised statute KRS 100.111 defines agricultural (in terms of planning and zoning) use as land of at least five contiguous acres in the production of agricultural crops including pasture. This definition of agricultural use encompasses most properties owned and used by recreational horse owners

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