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Logan County farmers learn about land trusts, easements (Audio included)

Easements are generally contracts that allow non-owners access to your property, such as a power company owning an easement to place and maintain a utility pole on your property.

But a different kind of easement was discussed at the Logan County Cooperative Extension/Solid Waste District Thursday, one that requires farm owners to keep the farm in permanent agricultural production.

Krista Magaw, Executive Director of the Tecumseh Land Trust, (pictured center left) was on hand to explain the idea and benefits of the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) and the Farm and Rach Lands Protection Program (FRPP).

Krista Magaw explains the land trusts and easements which protect prime farmland

Basically, the easement would guarantee that the property in question would require farms which participate in the program to remain permanently engaged in agricultural production.

Magaw pointed out that only three percent of the arable land on the Earth’s surface is considered ‘prime’ and it is non-profit organizations such at the Tecumseh Land Trust and the Logan County Land Trust that want to keep the prime land in and around the Logan County area from being developed.

The Logan County Land Trust will begin the process of selecting interested landowners for the two programs through March 6. Selected farms must meet several requirements such as being actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV), and have support from the local government, among other requirements.

Those interested in learning more about the land trusts or easements can visit www.agri.ohio.gov/farmland for info about state funding, or www.nrch.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/farmranch for federal information.

Questions may also be directed to Deb Roberts at the Logan SWCD at 593-2946, or LCLT board member Doug Ritchey at 407-1214.

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