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The Ohio House passed House Bill 95, the Family Farm Regeneration Act, which authorizes tax credits to help beginning farmers get access to land and other resources, June 28. It goes to the Senate for consideration next.

It's not easy to be a beginning farmer. But for Black farmers and others who face discrimination, past and present injustices add another layer of challenges.

Living City Farms started out as an urban farm for Ms. Julie’s Kitchen, a vegan restaurant, in Akron. It’s growing bigger than that, now. But it’s still relying on connections to the restaurant and community.

Some would call farmers the ultimate jacks — or jills — of all trades. But when it comes to farming, it’s not just about what you know — it’s who you know, and what they know.

The Sheplers started farming "without a farm" but they soon found a home of their own. The way they got their land was the opposite of a traditional real estate transaction.

Today, the world looks very different than it did in the early 1900s. And yet, some of the same obstacles to farming remain: capital and land access, knowledge, discrimination. In some cases, they’ve gotten worse. Getting into farming, especially as a first generation farmer, is complicated.

The floor of Jordan and Brandon Krystowski’s home, in Vermilion, Ohio, is the ceiling of their mushroom and microgreens farm, Erie Shore Seed and Spore. It’s been that way since January of this year, when the Krystowskis decided to start their farm.

As the average age of farmers rises, the National Young Farmers Coalition and other agriculture groups are campaigning to add farmers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Ohio legislators are considering a new bill that would create tax incentives for people to sell land, machinery and other resources to beginning farmers.

A bill was introduced April 10 to give incentives to established and beginning farmers in Ohio. This bill will allow income tax credits for established farmers who sell or rent their agriculture assets to beginning farmers.