|State||Agricultural Easement Program/Farmland Preservation Program||In order to maintain Ohio’s land-based industry and all its related benefits, the Office of Farmland Preservation educates the public about the importance of saving this precious resource. The office also assists farmers and local officials with their farmland protection efforts. So landowners gain the ability to protect their farm’s soils, natural resource features, and scenic open space. It provides landowners the opportunity to donate the easement rights on viable farmland to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The Dept. of Agriculture purchases agricultural easements from landowners who volunteer to keep their land in agricultural production in perpetuity.||Development Ohio||Agricultural Easement Donation Program (AEDP)|
Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP)
|Each local sponsor receives a portion of the Clean Ohio funds appropriated that year to purchase easements from the highest scoring applicants in their area. The program is highly competitive with about one in 15 applications being funded. Federal Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program funds, administered by the US Department of Agriculture may be used to match Clean Ohio funds for up to 50% of the easement value, leveraging Clean Ohio dollars and allowing more landowners to participate in the easement program. A payment cap has been set at $2,000 per acre, with a maximum of $500,000 per farm.||Landowners apply through local government, and each local sponsor receives a portion of the Clean Ohio funds appropriated that year to purchase easements from the highest scoring applicants in their area. |
• The applicant farm must be enrolled in CAUV and the Agricultural District Program through the county auditor’s office.
• The farm must be a minimum of 40 acres unless the farm is adjacent to a preserved farm, then it must be a minimum of 25 acres.
• Any liens or mortgages on the farm must be subordinated to the easement.
• The farmland owner must certify the property does not contain hazardous substances.
• The farmland owner must have been in compliance with state and federal agricultural laws for the past five years.
• The farmland owner must have possession of clear title to the applicant property.
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