Taylor donates 70 acres to easement

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Williams County farmland owner Mildred Taylor recently donated permanent agricultural easements totaling 70 acres on her Florence Township farm to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

This marks the first easement donation from Williams County and assures the land will forever remain in agricultural use.

Corn, wheat, and soybeans are produced on the Taylor farm, which will be monitored by the Williams County Soil and Water Conservation District annually to ensure the agricultural easement is followed and the land continues to be used for agriculture.

Program

Under the department’s Ohio Agricultural Easement Donation Program, landowners can donate a permanent agricultural easement on their farm to the state. Landowners may undertake any agricultural activity permitted under Ohio law, and they can sell their farm or pass it along as a gift to others.

However, the easement remains with the land, prohibiting any future nonfarm development to ensure it remains in agricultural use.

To date, Ohio landowners have donated agricultural easements on 36 farms totaling more than 4,400 acres statewide.

More information

For more information on the department’s Agricultural Easement Donation Program, call 614-728-6210 or visit www.ohioagriculture.gov/farmland.

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