These statutes enable agricultural conservation easements in the state of Ohio and authorizes the state to purchase conservation easements on agricultural land.
This survey was conducted 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.
Vote Intentions and Core Analysis:
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.
Most farmland preservation tools in this country are voluntary. This means that the success of farmland preservation programs is in part dependent on the receptivity of farmers to the methods for protecting their land. Given the diversity of farmers throughout the country, these attitudes are likely to vary from place to place. In order to design successful programs and fine−tune their implementation, it is important to understand farmers' perceptions of preservation tools.
This Ohio law protects farmers engaged in "generally accepted farm practices" from nuisance-based lawsuits.
These statutes enable and define agricultural districts in the state of Ohio.