LIMA — The West Central Ohio Land Conservancy will begin selecting interested landowners who meet qualifications for the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program in Allen County from Jan. 2 through Feb. 15.
The WCOLC will select the landowners with the highest pre-certification scores and aid them in completing an application to be submitted to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for purchase of their agricultural easement.
The LAEPP allows landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the State of Ohio. The easement requires the farm to remain permanently in agricultural production. Selected farms must be more than 40 acres, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have support from local government and not be in close proximity to development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish but must reinvest it in their farm operation.
For more information on the program, contact WCOLC at 567-204-9126 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation at 614-728-6210.