Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Ohio's greatest population growth is occurring in Brown, Clermont and Warren near Cincinnati; Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway and Madison near Columbus; and Medina, Portage, Geauga and Ashtabula near Cleveland.

The Voluntary Farmland Protection Act would permit farmers to donate or sell a "protective easement" for fair market value and still retain private ownership of the land for farming or business directly related to marketing farm products.

USDA's active monitoring of flocks in Vermont since 1996 will prevent widespread contamination from TSE.

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

Just in case Buckeye Egg has hatched any plans to abandon its mega egg production facilities in Ohio, the Ohio attorney general's office has asked the local court to seize the Ohio assets of both the company and its principal owner.

If an agricultural easement is granted in perpetuity as a charitable gift, income tax and federal estate tax advantages usually accrue.

After a three-year approval process, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved certificates July 12 for the Independence Pipeline Company.

Well-known auctioneer Jim Baer died March 27 of an apparent heart attack.

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.

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