Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit set for Jan. 17

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Farmers, landowners, land-use planners and anyone else interested in preserving farmland in Ohio can get tips from the experts during a farmland summit on Jan. 17.

The 13th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit is designed to teach various techniques, tools and methods to legally preserve farmland.

“This year, we’re looking to provide different ideas on enterprises and marketing strategies that can be used to help people generate income as a way to preserve farmland,” said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension educator and Small Farm Program coordinator. “In order to preserve Ohio farmland, we have to devise profitable alternatives for all varieties of farms to survive.

“The goal of the summit is to offer participants different ways to generate income on the farm.”

The summit is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ohio State University's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus.

Hogan and David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will give opening. There also will be breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including Preservation Options for Farmland Owners, Building Local Capacity and Maximizing Resources, and Long-Term Farmland Leases on Federal Property.

Hogan also will present sessions on Using Agriculture as an Economic Development Tool and On-Farm Income Opportunities from Natural Resources. Other presentations from OSU Extension experts are:

* Peggy Hall, assistant professor and OSU Extension field specialist in agricultural and resource law, will present a session on Oil and Gas Language in an Easement.

* Dave Marrison, OSU Extension educator, will present a session on Farm Business Succession Planning.

The summit will also feature an exhibition space and a lunch of Ohio foods.

Registration is $50 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. The deadline to register is Jan. 10. More details and online registration are available at http://go.osu.edu/farmlandsummit2013

The summit is sponsored by OSU Extension, Countryside Conservancy, Fairfield Land Preservation Association, Pickaway Progress, Black Swamp Conservancy, Western Reserve Land Conservancy and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.



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