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Ohio Department of Agriculture Farmland Preservation

Program Information


Programs

Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement
Purchase Program (LAEPP)


The Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) provides funding to assist landowners and communities in preserving Ohio's farmland, our most vital resource. The program purchases agricultural easements from landowners who volunteer to keep their land in agricultural production in perpetuity. In 2013 the program was changed to the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) to reflect the increased role of the Ohio Department of Agriculture's (ODA) local sponsors in farmland preservation: counties, cities, townships, Soil & Water Conservation Districts and land trusts.

Landowners apply through pre-approved local sponsors using an online application on the ODA's website. Each local sponsor receives a portion of the Clean Ohio funds appropriated that year to purchase easements from the highest scoring applicants in their area. The program is highly competitive with about one in 15 applications being funded. Federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) funds, administered by the US Department of Agriculture, may be used to match Clean Ohio funds for up to 50% of the easement value, leveraging Clean Ohio dollars and allowing more landowners to participate in the easement program. The landowner may use proceeds from the easement's sale for any purpose but most commonly funds are used to purchase additional acreage or equipment, expand farm operations, retire debt, plan for retirement or pay for education.

When a landowner proposes to sell an easement to ODA, the landowner must be able to demonstrate that retaining that farm in agricultural production in perpetuity is compatible with the township's or county's community plan and that it is not in the direct path of development. ODA encourages local governments to identify areas where agriculture is the predominant land use and where landowners want to remain in farming and take steps to preserve blocks of land to support Ohio's # 1 industry, food and agriculture.


General Information LAEPP Local Sponsor Materials

Under the Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP), counties, townships, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts/non profits apply to be funded and hold landowner application periods in the areas they serve.



4/16/2014:  
The 2014 LAEPP Landowner Application is now closed. Continue to check this page for news on future LAEPP funding rounds. Although the deadline for submitting landowner applications has passed, application materials can still be found by clicking the button below.




Landowner Application Materials Application Results Archive By Year
Application Results Cumulative Reports