Office of Farmland Preservation - Local Sponsor Certification Open Through Oct. 11

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Counties, soil & water conservation districts, land trusts, cities and townships are invited to apply to the Office of Farmland Preservation for Local Sponsor Certification. The Application for Local Sponsor Certification is open from August 20, 2019 through October 11, 2019. Any organization interested in being a local sponsor for the 2020 landowner application year must apply during this time period. The application and FAQs are included below and are also available on ODA's website (halfway down the page, there will be a box titled “The LAEPP 2020 Local Sponsor Application for Certification …”).

Local Sponsors who complete the above mentioned Local Sponsor Certification application and qualify will be allocated a portion of the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) 2020 funds.  These funds are used to purchase agricultural easements on Ohio farms.

Refer to this timeline for a list of upcoming dates and deadlines for this funding round. Click here for the application and here for a FAQ sheet.

Deadline for the Local Sponsor Certification Application is October 11, 2019.