In his remarks to kick-off the 13th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit on Thursday, January 17, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director, Dave Daniels shared with those attending a milestone reached in the state.
“As of the end of last year we have preserved our 50,000th acre of farmland,” Daniels said. “We have more in the pipeline every day that people want to see their land continue in agricultural production.”
Also on the Summit program was Denise Franz King, Executive Director of the Office of Farmland Preservation at ODA. Franz King talked about a new farmland preservation program announced that takes the program in a new direction.
“We’re going to localize the statewide Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP), put more responsibility and more of the funding at the local level,” Franz King said.
The application process will begin February 1. More information is available by contacting the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation.
During the opening session of the Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit, Director Daniels presented the Ohio Farmland Preservation Ambassador Award, the highest recognition for preservation efforts in the state to three individuals. Those recognized include Larry Frimerman, Three Valley Conservation Trust, serving Butler, Darke, Hamilton, Montgomery and Preble counties, Roger Wolfe, a Fairfield County farmer and Dan Jackson, Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District.