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Ohio Department of Agriculture Farmland Preservation

Program Information


Lomer and Tom Vonseggern Farms
Ohio's 1st ASA, Fulton County

Agricultural Security Areas (ASA)

This program was signed into law on February 15, 2005, and became effective on May 18, 2005. It authorizes one or more landowners of at least 500 acres of contiguous farmland to request from the boards of township trustees and county commissioners to enroll into an Agricultural Security Area for a 10-year period. It provides certain benefits to farmers, including protection from non-agricultural development, a critical mass of land to help keep farming viable, and possible tax abatement on new real property.

General Information about ASA's:
Bullet Image  Brochure
Bullet Image  Fact Sheet
Bullet Image  ASA Application
Bullet Image  Tax Exemption Application
Bullet Image  List of ASAs

Information for Local Governments:
Bullet Image  Sample Resolution to support an ASA
Bullet Image  Tax Exemption Agreement Resolution
Bullet Image  County Commissioner's Advisory Bulletin
Bullet Image  HB 414

On July 18, 2008, HB 289 became effective amending sections 931.02, 931.03, 931.04, 931.99, 5709.28, and 5713.08 of the Ohio Revised Code to make changes to the law governing agricultural security areas. Please see the Legislative Service Commission's Bill Analysis for more details on changes to this program.

Bullet Image  HB 289 Bill Analysis