It was 200 years ago when Charles and Jane Moore Julian purchased 300 acres in Franklin County and became the first in a long line of Julians to continuously farm the property. To celebrate the bicentennial, the latest generation, sister and brother Jane and Bill Julian, welcomed 800 people to their farm for Franklin County University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension’s 55th Annual Farm-City Field Day.

Keenan Bishop, Franklin County agriculture and natural resources Extension agent, said the Julians face what many farm families face these days.

“Several generations ago, pretty much everybody, if they grew up on a farm, wanted to be a farmer,” he said. “Now it’s the other way around. It’s the minority who want to be farmers. Eventually it reaches that generation that has no interest.”

Bill Julian has children, but he and his family live in Virginia. Jane Julian lives on the farm, but has no children. Together the siblings are taking measures to preserve the farmland for future generations, no matter who might take it over.

“There are a lot of farmers in the same situation,” Jane Julian said. “We’re seeing a huge land turnover in Kentucky.”

“That’s the underlying theme to this year’s field day,” Bishop said. “There are options and ideas that make it a little bit easier, (when people are faced with this decision).”

The Julians worked through Kentucky’s PACE program to put easements on most of the farm. PACE is the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Corporation, established by Kentucky in 1994 to keep agricultural lands from being developed for other purposes.