Ohio Department of Agriculture Preserves 37 Farms 
Using Clean Ohio Funds

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announces that nearly 6,200 acres from 37 farms are preserved through its Agricultural Easement Purchase Program using Clean Ohio funds.

The Clean Ohio Fund bond initiative won support from Ohio’s voters in 2008 to preserve farmland and green space, improve outdoor recreation and to encourage redevelopment and revitalize communities by cleaning up brownfields.

This year, the Ohio Farmland Preservation Advisory Board reviewed 203 applications from 37 counties competing for the limited money available through the Clean Ohio Fund. Applicants had the opportunity to earn up to 150 points based on a two-tiered scoring system. Section one of the application focused on development pressure, soils, proximity to other agricultural land, use of best management practices and local comprehensive land-use plans. Section two included narrative questions regarding the farm and its unique appeal to the Agricultural Easement Purchase Program.

The following is a list of landowners selected to receive Clean Ohio funds, pending completion of a legal review, title search and any necessary review of third party interests:

Landowner NameFarm AcreageCounty
Ayers82.00Ashland
Yeater452.93Ashland
Geil180.00Ashtabula
Perry103.15Ashtabula
Waris150.49Ashtabula
Bumgardner545.43Clark
Renfrew152.93Coshocton
Thomas, Michael88.91Fairfield
Young, Helen140.28Fairfield
Young, Joe & Cathy125.01Fairfield
Bratton106.00Fulton
Short149.80Fulton
VonSeggern136.68Fulton

Weedon

284.00

Geauga

Wildman473.56Greene
Seidel200.19Huron
Helt92.00Knox
Seitz31.82Knox
Simpson108.91Knox
Thomas, Donald & Alesia110.58Knox
Deeds254.75Licking
Gibson181.33Licking
Morgan71.37Logan
Schlumbohm102.30Logan
Wysong134.60Montgomery
Gang48.13Portage
Tapalman229.00Preble
Welch119.05Preble
Mauch598.82Sandusky
Burks55.16Seneca
Ewald162.94Seneca
Fry33.19Seneca
Riley120.00Seneca
Wise79.19Seneca
Cox101.42Trumbull
Lipps105.51Trumbull
Weygandt78.48Wayne

An agricultural easement is a voluntary and legally-binding restriction placed on a farm. The easement limits the use of the land to predominantly agricultural activity. The land remains under private ownership and management and stays on the tax rolls under Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV). The farmland can be sold or passed along as a gift to others at any time, but the restriction prohibiting non-agricultural development stays with the land.

For more information about farmland preservation, visit www.agri.ohio.gov.

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