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When a landowner proposes to sell an easement to Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), the landowner must be able to demonstrate that retaining that farm in agricultural production in perpetuity is compatible with the township's or county's community plan and that it is not in the direct path of development. ODA encourages local governments to identify areas where agriculture is the predominant land use and where landowners want to remain in farming and take steps to preserve blocks of land to support Ohio's # 1 industry, food and agriculture.

The landowner takes the initiative to enter into the program by contacting a Local Sponsor and works with the local sponsor during the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) landowner application period.

Landowners interested in other programs offered by the Office of Farmland Preservation, please see Agricultural Easement Donation Program (AEDP) and Agricultural Security Areas (ASA) for more information.

Below you will find information about Local Sponsors and samples of landowner documents used to acquire the LAEPP agricultural easement.

Find a Local Sponsor:

The Local Sponsor completes and submits the application on the landowner’s behalf.  The local sponsor can be a municipal corporation, county, township, soil and water conservation district or charitable organization that has been certified by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

A landowner cannot submit an application to sell an agricultural easement directly to ODA.  The Ohio legislature requires applications to be submitted by a Local Sponsor on behalf of the landowner in order for the nominated property to be considered for agricultural easement purchase.

Below is a list of Local Sponsors that have been certified in recent funding rounds and have experience with the program.  Landowners may petition a different Local Sponsor to obtain certification.  For more information on Local Sponsors, see the Local Sponsor resource page.

NOTE: If your farm happens to span across more than one county your farm will be designated as a multi-county farm. Landowners must apply under the county with the majority of the farm’s acreage.

List of Recent Local Sponsors by County (A - E)

# County Name Local Sponsors Certified in Recent Funding Rounds Local Sponsor Contact Information
1 Adams Cardinal Land Conservancy 513/752-2828 andy@cardinallandconservancy.org
2 Allen West Central Ohio Land Conservancy  567/204-9126 info@wcolc.org 
3 Ashland Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
4 Ashtabula Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
5 Athens Appalachia Ohio Alliance   aoalt@earthlink.net
6 Auglaize contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
7 Belmont Belmont County SWCD 740/526-0027  
8 Brown Cardinal Land Conservancy 513/752-2828 andy@cardinallandconservancy.org
9 Butler Three Valley Conservation Trust 513/524-2150 office@3VCT.org
10 Carroll Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
11 Champaign Champaign County SWCD 937/484-5527  
12 Clark Tecumseh Land Trust 937/767-9490  
13 Clermont Cardinal Land Conservancy 513/752-2828 andy@cardinallandconservancy.org
14 Clinton Cardinal Land Conservancy 513/752-2828 andy@cardinallandconservancy.org
15 Columbiana Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
16 Coshocton contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
17 Crawford contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
18 Cuyahoga contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
19 Darke Darke County SWCD 937/548-2410 #3  
20 Defiance contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
21 Delaware Delaware County Commissioners (Contact Delaware County SWCD) 740/368-1921  
22 Erie Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
SWCD = Soil & Water Conservation District

List of Recent Local Sponsors by County (F - L)

# County Name Local Sponsors Certified in Recent Funding Rounds Local Sponsor Contact Information
23 Fairfield Fairfield County Commissioners (Contact Fairfield County SWCD) 740/653-8154  
24 Fayette Fayette County SWCD 740/636-0279  
25 Franklin Appalachia Ohio Alliance   aoalt@earthlink.net
26 Fulton Fulton County SWCD 419/337-9217  
27 Gallia contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
28 Geauga Geauga County Commissioners (Contact Delaware County SWCD) 440/834-1122  
Munson Township - Geauga County 440/286-9255  munson@munsontwp.com
Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
29 Greene Tecumseh Land Trust 937/767-9490  
30 Guernsey contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
31 Hamilton Cardinal Land Conservancy 513/752-2828 andy@cardinallandconservancy.org
32 Hancock contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
33 Hardin contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
34 Harrison contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
35 Henry contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
36 Highland Cardinal Land Conservancy 513/752-2828 andy@cardinallandconservancy.org
37 Hocking Appalachia Ohio Alliance   aoalt@earthlink.net
38 Holmes Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
39 Huron Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
40 Jackson contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
41 Jefferson Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
42 Knox Owl Creek Conservancy 740/392-6952  
Philander Chase 740/427-5902 schottl@kenyon.edu
43 Lake Lake County SWCD 440/350-2730  
Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
44 Lawrence contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
45 Licking Licking County SWCD 740/670-5330  
46 Logan Logan County Land Trust 937/593-2946  
47 Lorain Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
48 Lucas contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
SWCD = Soil & Water Conservation District

List of Recent Local Sponsors by County (M - P)

# County Name Local Sponsors Certified in Recent Funding Rounds Local Sponsor Contact Information
49 Madison Madison County Commissioners (Contact Madision County SWCD) 740/852-4003  
50 Mahoning Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
51 Marion Marion County SWCD 740/387-1314  
52 Medina Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
53 Meigs contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
54 Mercer West Central Ohio Land Conservancy  567/204-9126 info@wcolc.org 
55 Miami Miami County SWCD 937/335-7645  
56 Monroe contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
57 Montgomery Montgomery County SWCD 937/854-7645 #2  
58 Morgan contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
59 Morrow contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
60 Muskingum Muskingum County SWCD 740/454-2027  
61 Noble contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
62 Ottawa contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
63 Paulding contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
64 Perry contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
65 Pickaway Appalachia Ohio Alliance   aoalt@earthlink.net
66 Pike contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
67 Portage Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
68 Preble Three Valley Conservation Trust 513/524-2150 office@3VCT.org
69 Putnam contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
SWCD = Soil & Water Conservation District

List of Recent Local Sponsors by County (R - W)

# County Name Local Sponsors Certified in Recent Funding Rounds Local Sponsor Contact Information
70 Richland Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
71 Ross Appalachia Ohio Alliance   aoalt@earthlink.net
72 Sandusky contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
73 Scioto contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
74 Seneca contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
75 Shelby contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
76 Stark Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
77 Summit Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
78 Trumbull Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
79 Tuscarawas Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
80 Union contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
81 Van Wert contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
82 Vinton Appalachia Ohio Alliance   aoalt@earthlink.net
83 Warren Warren County SWCD 513/695-1337  
84 Washington contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
85 Wayne Western Reserve Land Conservancy 440/528-4150 info@wrlandconservancy.org
86 Williams contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
87 Wood contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
88 Wyandot contact your local county commissioners, township trustees, municipal official, SWCD or local land trust    
SWCD = Soil & Water Conservation District

Key Landowner Documents:

All LAEPP easements will utilize key landowner documents.

Policies and Guidelines

  • The Policies and Guidelines document outlines all of the yearly program requirements which must be met in order for a landowner to apply to the Clean Ohio LAEPP. 

    LAEPP 2019 Policies and Guidelines

Purchase Agreement

  • An agreement between the landowner and the department in which the landowner agrees to convey an agricultural easement on certain property to the department for a fixed price.

    Purchase Agreement (Sample)

Deed of Agricultural Easement (State)

  • 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.

    Deed of Agricultural Easement (State Sample)

Farmland Stories:

Periodically, the Office of Farmland Preservation publishes stories about easements in their programs on their website and other kinds of media.  If you have a farm or have sponsored a farm in one of our programs and would like to have that farm considered for one of these articles, please complete the Farmland Stories form & submit the completed form to our office.

Farmland Stories Form

Additional information about the Farmland Stories project:

Farmland Stories Info