REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ten land trusts, three counties, one township and nine soil and water conservation districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state.
These organizations will receive the latest round of farmland preservation allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. Program sponsor organizations will accept applications from Ohio landowners interested in selling an agricultural easement on their farms. (Scroll down for a list of sponsor organizations and awards.)
A total of $6,301,351 is available in this funding round.
Local sponsors have been certified to accept applications in 57 counties. Interested landowners should contact the certified local sponsor in their county for application details.
How it works
The program allows landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the state of Ohio. The easement requires the farm remain permanently in agriculture production. Selected farms must be 40 acres or more, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have the support of their local government and not lay directly in the path of development.
Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operations.
Funding for the program is derived from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008.
To date, when combined with easements from all programs, 354 family farms in 54 counties have collectively preserved more than 59,000 acres in agricultural production.
2016 Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program
Local Sponsor Certification Funding Summary
Appalachia Ohio Alliance:
Athens, Franklin, Hocking, Pickaway, Ross, Vinton – $258,863
Belmont County SWCD:
Belmont – $112,520
Black Swamp Conservancy
Fulton, Hancock, Lucas, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood – $521,943
Cardinal Land Conservancy
Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland – $353,938
Champaign County SWCD
Champaign – $191,916
Delaware County Commissioners
Delaware – $202,697
Elizabeth Township – Miami SWCD
Miami – $391,032
Fairfield County Commissioners
Fairfield – $394,500
Fayette County SWCD
Fayette – $235,476
Lake County SWCD
Lake – $172,714
Licking County SWCD
Licking – $352,877
Logan County Land Trust
Logan – $247,942
Madison County Commissioners
Madison – $476,079
Marion County SWCD
Marion – $279,980
Montgomery – $255,450
Philander Chase – Owl Creek Conservancy
Knox – $176,190
Tecumseh Land Trust
Clark, Greene – $466,327
Three Valley Conservation Trust
Butler, Preble – $433,538
Warren County SWCD
Warren – $158,496
West Central Ohio Land Conservancy
Allen, Mercer – $299,099
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Erie, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Wayne – $319,774
Total Local Sponsors: 21 Total Individual Counties: 57 Total award: $6,301,351
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