On December 10, farmland owners in Brown and Clermont Counties have the opportunity to learn how they can preserve their land for agricultural use through the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. The informational meeting, hosted by Cardinal Land Conservancy, will be held at Perry Township Community Center, 3854 US Route 50 in Fayetteville, beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.
The Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program provides funding to assist landowners and communities in preserving Ohio’s farmland. The program purchases agricultural easements from landowners who volunteer to keep their land in agricultural production in perpetuity. Agricultural easements are voluntary legal agreements that restrict non-agricultural development on farmland, with the land itself remaining on the tax rolls and under private ownership and management. Landowners may undertake any agricultural activity permitted under Ohio law, and can sell their farm or pass it along as a gift to others. However, the easement remains with the deed to the land, prohibiting any future non-agricultural development. This is to make certain that the land remains used for agricultural purposes only.
Cardinal Land Conservancy has been designated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture as a Certified Local Sponsor for Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Highland counties, and will submit applications to the Ohio Department of Agriculture on behalf of farmland owners. At the December 10 meeting, Cardinal staff will give an overview of the easement purchase program. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the program with presenters, who will provide information and direction to landowners.