WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Aug. 2019 — Counties, soil and water conservation districts, land trusts, cities and townships have been invited by the Office of Farmland Preservation for Local Sponsor Certification. Any organization interested in becoming a local sponsor for the 2020 landowner year, must apply by October 11, 2019.
In order to become a Certified Local Sponsor, an organization must demonstrate the capability to acquire, hold, manage and enforce agricultural easements and that the organization is adequately staffed to carry out the work.
The application and FAQs are available HERE.
Local Sponsors who complete the above mentioned Local Sponsor Certification application and qualify will be allocated a portion of the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) 2020 funds. These funds are used to purchase agricultural easements on Ohio farms.
By Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.