Farmland Preservation Applications due January 19, 2018

If you are interested in applying for the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program for 2018, sponsored locally by the Fairfield County Board of Commissioners, we ask that you declare your interest by completing a simple form no later than Friday, January 19, 2018. We may not know the results of the applications for 6 months.

We will run the competition without the essay questions used in the first few years of the program. All other questions are generally the same and will be scored as they have been in the past. The one decision you need to make prior to application is how much money you require to have an agricultural easement purchased on your property.

To avoid any conflict, you must tell us in writing the lowest price per acre you are willing to accept to have the easement placed on the property. The program will never pay more than $2,000 an acre with a cap of $500,000 per applicant farm. Funding distribution capacity in Fairfield County is limited to $469,850 for 2018. All applicant properties will be reviewed by the County Engineer for adequate road right-of-way and intersection alignment.

We encourage you to make a business decision as to the lowest price you can accept. Please contact Jonathan Ferbrache at (740) 415-3925 if you have interest in applying or questions about the program.