Briefs: Marion County farmer first to commit to farmland preservation in 2023

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REYNOLDSBURG — More Ohio farmland will remain Ohio farmland. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is proud to announce 96.57 acres have been added to the Farmland Preservation Program. Bob Lill in Marion County becomes the first Ohio farmer to join the program this year.

Agricultural land is a key part of Ohio’s landscape. Preserving this land is essential. An agricultural easement in Farmland Preservation is a voluntary agreement between the landowner and ODA, where the landowner agrees to perpetually maintain the land predominately in agricultural use. In exchange, the landowner is either compensated or may be entitled to a tax deduction.

In partnership with ODA, local sponsor Marion Soil and Water Conservation District played a significant role in securing this agreement.

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