Landowner's receiving state funding will sign a State Deed.
The sample Deed of Agricultural Easement is a legal agreement between the landowner, Ohio Department of Agriculture and the local sponsor. The deed is recorded in the county recorder's office and limits the use of the land to predominantly agricultural activity and prohibits the conversion of the land to non-agricultural uses. The land remains on the tax rolls and under private ownership/management. Participation is voluntary. Once the easement is secured, the landowner can sell their farm or pass it along as a gift to others. The deed is binding on all future owners of the property.
This is the Deed of Agricultural Easement (State Sample)