The Logan County Land Trust has announced the 2018 round of funding for agricultural easements. Landowners who meet the qualifications for the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) are eligible to apply. If interested in learning how to maintain your farm for future generations and how to protect the beautiful landscapes of Logan County these programs may interest you.
The Land Trust will host a public meeting on Monday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the LCEC Community Room, 1587 N. county Road 32, Bellefontaine.
The LAEPP and ACEP programs allow landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the state and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The easement requires the farm remain permanently in agricultural production. Selected farms must be actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program, be enrolled as an Agriculture District with the county auditor, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have support from local government, and not be in close proximity to development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operation.
The Logan County Land Trust is a local nonprofit organization that works with private landowners to preserve agricultural and natural land in Logan County and surrounding areas. The landowners continue to own and manage their land, and can sell it or pass it on to their heirs. No matter who owns the land, though, a permanent conservation easement will assure that conservation values remain protected – prime and productive soils, water resources, and high quality habitat.
For more information consult the Trust’s website at logancountylandtrust.org and Facebook page.
Submitted by the Logan County Land Trust.