13th Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit (Jan. 2013) – Katie Myers-Griffith

Did you know that Ohio has the largest gathering of Farmland Preservation Enthusiast in the Nation?  That’s right, each year the Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit is held in Columbus, Ohio and 2013 is no different!  Save the date and plan on attending. Thursday January 17, 2013 at the Nationwide Ohio 4 H Center in Columbus, Ohio.  This year the focus is on farmers.  The agenda is packed with useful presentations and the keynote will be given by Denise Franz King, Director of the Office of Farmland Preservation at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  She will be discussing the “Localized Agricultural Easement Purchase Program; Building Local Capacity and Maximizing Resources”.

We will also hear from a panel of farmers discuss their preservation motivations, hurdles, and benefits.

Additional topics include:

  • Preservation Options for Farmland OwnersIMG_2845
  • Clean Ohio and My Farm
  • Oil & Gas Language in an Easement
  • Sources of Local Matching Funds
  • Using Agriculture as an Economic Development Tool
  • Understanding Federal Farmland Preservation Programs
  • Farm Income Opportunities from Natural Resources
  • Farm Business Succession Planning
  • Long-Tern Farmland Leases on Federal Property
  • Local Sponsor Certification and Scoring under the Local Ag Easement Purchase Program

This is a wonderful opportunity to network with farmers and local sponsors of farmland preservation.  Registration will open soon.  The cost of the summit is only $50..that includes a continental breakfast and hearty lunch!  If you have any questions please contact Mike Hogan at the Ohio State University, Fairfiled County.

Steering Committee Members/Organizations are Black Swamp Conservancy (Rob Krain), Countryside Conservancy (Katie Myers-Griffith), Fairfield Land Preservation Association (Christy George), MORPC (Brian Williams), The Ohio State University (Mike Hogan), Pickaway Progress (Stacey Sark), and Western Reserve Land Conservancy (Andy McDowell).

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