American Farmland Trust Statement on the Passing of Former Kentucky Governor Brereton C. Jones
WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Farmland Trust mourns the passing of former Kentucky Governor Brereton C. Jones. As the 58th governor of the commonwealth, Jones was committed to farming and farmland protection, and his leadership contributed to AFT’s role in the passage of the enabling legislation for Kentucky’s PACE program.
Jones also had a passion for horses, and was a champion for the state’s thoroughbred industry, as a founding member of Breeders’ Cup and the Kentucky Equine Education Project, a member of The Jockey Club and formed the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund. He owned the Airdrie Stud Farm where for more than 50 years it served as one of the world’s premier breeding operations.
A true statesman and gentleman, Jones represented the best of Kentucky and AFT is grateful for his work to protect and advance farming in the state. AFT extends its deepest condolences to his wife Libby (former Kentucky First Lady, a former AFT board member and current President’s Council member), his children, grandchildren, and the rest of the Jones family.
American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 7 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on a half million additional acres and supported thousands of farm families.