Agricultural Easement Purchase Program

The Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP) provides grants to farmland owners for placing an agricultural easement on their property. Awards are issued for up to 75 percent of the pointsbased appraised value of a farm’s development rights. A payment cap has been set at $2,000 per acre, with a maximum of $500,000 per farm. All easement transactions are permanent, are recorded on the property deed, and transfer with the land to successive owners.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation will administer the program with funds from the Clean Ohio Fund. The program includes an application and ranking process to select eligible farms, followed by the distribution of funds to chosen agricultural easements.

How does a landowner apply
Landowners must apply for Clean Ohio funds through local governments (such as counties, townships, and municipalities), Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), or a charitable organization. These entities
are referred to as “local sponsors,” and they have the ability to submit applications on a landowner’s behalf to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) for consideration. Application opportunities are open for a maximum of 90 days. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact a potential local sponsor.

Each applicant farm must be a minimum of 40 acres unless the land is located adjacent to property with an agricultural easement. In this case, the land may be a minimum of 25 acres. All contiguous parcels owned by  the same legal entity must be submitted as one farm. No contiguous parcels can be withheld from the  application.

An application property’s enrollment in all eligibility criteria (e.g., “Agricultural District” §929 of Ohio Revised Code, “Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV)” § 5713.30 of Ohio Revised Code) must be in place by the May 11, 2009 application deadline. Furthermore, an application property’s enrollment or designation in all scoring criteria (e.g., “Agricultural Security Area (ASA)” §931 of Ohio Revised Code, ODA Century Farm, Historical Designation) also must be in place by the May 11, 2009 application deadline.


Contact Agricultural Easement Purchase Program

Contact Agricultural Easement Purchase Program

Kristen Jensen
Ohio Department of Agriculture Office of Farmland Preservation
8995 E. Main St.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio  43068
Phone: 614-728-6210
Fax: 614-466-6124


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Ohio