BROOKVILLE — Do you own a farm in Montgomery County? Would you like to learn about a program for preserving farmland?
The Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) provides funding to farmland owners for placing an agricultural easement on their property. This voluntary easement is a legally binding restriction placed on a farm that will forever protect your farmland from development.
If you would like to learn about this program, there will be an information meeting held at the Montgomery SWCD office, at 10025 Amity Road, Brookville, Ohio 45309, on Wednesday, November 28 at 2 p.m. Please contact Holly Buchanan, Office Secretary at BuchananH@mcohio.org or (937) 854-7646 ext. 0519 for more information about the meeting or the program, or visit the Farmland Preservation section of the Ohio Department of Agriculture website, at www.agri.ohio.gov, and look for the ‘Farmland Preservation’ tab under ‘Programs.’
The Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), a Local Sponsor for this program, would love to work with you to protect your farm. This very competitive program pays farmers for their easements. In Montgomery County, nearly 4,000 acres of farmland have been protected since 2002.