Saturday, January 16, 2021

Ohio's agricultural community is watching the developments of a case in Darke County Common Pleas Court that could affect the way farmers do business.

Nineteen Ohio counties, most of which are near Ohio's major cities or in the Appalachian region, grew an estimated 10 percent or more between 1990 and 1998.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has found that neither Independence Pipeline Company nor ANR Pipeline Company has adequately proven there is market demand for the gas to be shipped along the proposed Independence Pipeline.

While questions remain about the seven-bill farmland preservation package to be introduced by state Reps. Gene Krebs and Sean Logan, Ohio agriculture organizations are generally supportive.

New Ohio law creates the ability for local or state agencies to acquire agricultural easements for the purpose of protecting productive farmland from conversion to nonagricultural use.

A series of public meetings across Ohio and Pennsylvania coordinated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission aired comments regarding the proposed Independence Pipeline.

The future remains uncertain for a one-quarter percent sales tax earmarked for acquisition of agricultural and conservation easements for farmland preservation in Medina County.

Independence Pipeline backers amended their original application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The joint USDA-EPA "Unified National Strategy for Animal Feeding Operations" was unveiled last week, but skeptics doubt the USDA has the funds or the manpower to make it work.

Look for more legislation dealing with farmland preservation issues to be introduced this session.