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Planning for the Successful Transition of Your Agricultural Business

As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face. While many farmers dream of seeing their legacy passed on to the next generation, many postpone initiating a plan for the transition of their business for a variety of reasons. Many claim that there is not enough time to discuss these matters. Or if planning does occur, it simply involves the senior generation drafting a will describing how the farm assets should be divided among heirs.

Ohio FarmLink Program

The Countryside Conservancy FarmLink Program works to keep Northeast Ohio’s farmland in farming by helping connect those who need access to farmland with landowners who want to keep their property in agricultural use. The FarmLink Program supports farms of every size, providing farmers and landowners with information and consulting services on the business of farming and farm transition options and resources.

Wayne County Ohio Survey

This survey instrument was prepared by American Viewpoint, an independent market research firm, for American Farmland Trust and The Trust for Public Lands to gauge public opinion in Wayne County, Ohio about a funding initiative for farmland protection.

Will We Miss It Before Its Gone?

On November 6, 2001, nearly 1.3 million voters in 14 states approved state and local ballot measures that generated $905 million in funding for new land protection. But in Ohio, open space measures were defeated in four counties, including a purchase of development rights (PDR) program in Wayne County, where a well-designed and locally supported campaign
seemed destined to succeed. What happened, and what lessons can be learned to improve the chances of future campaigns?

Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a Systems Approach - State and Regional Planning

This is one of two webinars as part of a series hosted by American Farmland Trust -- Planning for Agriculture and Food:Taking a Systems Approach.

State and Regional Planning, November 15
Presenters include Alison Hastings, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC); Brian Williams, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC); and Erica Campbell, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VJSF).

The 25% Shift: The Benefits of Food Localization in Northeast Ohio and How to Realize them

The local food revolution has come to Cleveland—big time. The city now has so many community gardens, farmers markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, urban farms, celebrity chefs, and local- food procurement programs that the environmental web site, SustainLane, recently ranked Cleveland as the second best local-food city in the United States. But the region has only just begun to tap the myriad benefits of local food.

Ohio's Food Systems: Farms at the Heart of It All

Clusters of community-based food businesses are forming across Ohio. Complementing each other as they grow, they create mutually supportive economic opportunities, build financial resilience, and strengthen the state’s social fabric.

These clusters create jobs but accomplish even more — they build new business ownership opportunities. Emerging business owners who invest in keeping the state strong, and who form supportive business and social networks, will help the state economy cohere, while flexibly adapting for an uncertain future.

Ohio’s Agricultural Easement Purchase Program: From Pilot to Permanent Presence--A Survey of AEPP Participants

This study was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to gauge satisfaction and explore improvements with the Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP), as well understand the impact of funds dispersed. The survey was conducted in the summer and fall of 2009 by the Ohio State University’s Center for Farmland Policy Innovation.

Farmers' Markets Rules, Regulations and Opportunities

The purpose of this study is to examine the structure and operation of farmers’ markets in the United States, giving special attention to the legal and regulatory issues that may shape their operation. By looking at the rules and regulations markets use and by considering issues markets experience, it is possible to identify the most important challenges vendors and managers of markets may face. It is also possible to make some common sense suggestions on how markets can best address and resolve issues while maintaining their friendly and relatively informal nature.

A Cost of Community Services Study for Madison Village and Township, Lake County, Ohio

At the request of Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (LSWCD), American Farmland Trust (AFT) conducted a Cost of Community Services (COCS) study to find out the current net fiscal impact of existing land uses in Madison Village and Township in Lake County Ohio. The study analyzes revenues and expenditures on a land use basis for fiscal year 2006 (year ending December 31).

The Cost of Community Services in Madison Village and Township Lake County, Ohio

Lake County, Ohio's sandy soils, lake-effect weather and abundant water supply make it a unique agricultural area. Nursery plants, trees and grapes are its primary agricultural crops. Although the state's smallest county, Lake County's production of specialty crops ranks it third in the state for farm cash receipts. Its soils are some of the best in the world. In addition to being a prominent agricultural county with valuable farmland, it has other unique and valuable natural resources.

Preserving Ohio's Farmland: A Report of Recommendations to the Ohio House Subcommittee on Growth and Land Use

Ohio has experienced a loss of over seven million acres of farmland since 1950, an area roughly equivalent to 23 Ohio counties. Agriculture is vital to the state and local economies, employing one in seven Ohioans and stabilizing the cost of local community services. Land in agriculture can have tremendous environmental benefits, including supporting wildlife habitat and groundwater recharge. And as the rural landscape becomes fragmented, so does much of our state’s cultural heritage.

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