Ohio Department of Agriculture preserves 41 farms using Clean Ohio Funds

After reviewing and scoring landowners’ applications for the tenth funding round of the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP), the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board has recommended 41 farms for funding to Ohio Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer. A total of $6.4 million from the Clean Ohio Fund will be used to purchase agricultural easements on these farms to preserve them in perpetuity.
The AEPP is the farmland preservation component of the Clean Ohio initiative to protect rural greenfields and reclaim brownfields. The Clean Ohio Fund was originally approved by Ohio’s voters in 2000, and further supported at the ballot for continuation in 2008. A total of $25 million from the $400 million Clean Ohio Fund is dedicated to preserving farmland by purchasing agricultural easements on farms.
This year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation received 190 applications from 35 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 Name Farm Acreage County
Chamberlin 62.52 Ashland
Edwards 78.14 Ashland
Steward 182.56 Ashland
Tobias 269.97 Ashland
Nye 236.48 Ashtabula
Starline 50.03 Athens
Stickney 400.11 Clark
Berry, B. 64.19 Fairfield
Berry, J. 68.27 Fairfield
Elder 87.65 Fairfield
McLaughlin 214.30 Fairfield-Perry
McDonnall 97.63 Fulton
Rupp 236.78 Fulton
Boeck 84.18 Greene
Lang 119.16 Holmes
Dudgeon 179.98 Knox
Lanning 70.34 Knox
Shorey 99.75 Knox
Deering 63.50 Licking
Laymon 62.51 Licking
Dorsey 395.89 Licking-Muskingum
Babitt 211.20 Lorain
Stewart 543.60 Madison
Lill 270.76 Marion
Schwieterman 76.19 Mercer
Crowe 73.54 Montgomery
Karns 72.32 Montgomery
Pugh 72.24 Portage
Roux 132.70 Preble
Voge, F. 73.60 Preble
Voge, R. 80.95 Preble
Daron, A. 154.00 Richland
Daron, R. 98.15 Richland
Knepper 172.31 Sandusky
Lumbrezer-Box 306.54 Sandusky
Mauch 83.70 Sandusky
Adelsperger 69.37 Seneca
Burks 74.14 Seneca
Miller 207.50 Seneca
Byall 196.16 Wayne
Gregoire 195.65 Wayne

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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