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Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit Nov. 17

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Written Tuesday, October 11, 2011  

The 12th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit is planned for Thursday, Nov. 17, on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.

The meeting is geared to local officials, land trust leadership and members, farmers, landowners, planners, agency personnel, economic development professionals and anyone interested in preserving Ohio farmland. It will take place at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, across from the Schottenstein Center.

Keynote speaker is Jon Scholl, president of the American Farmland Trust. He will present key considerations in the 2012 Farm Bill.

In an afternoon plenary session, Dale Minyo of Ohio Ag Net will interview farmers Renee Winner and Joe Young, who have protected their family farms.

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and include breakout sessions on a variety of topics, said Jill Clark, co-host of the event and director of the university's Center for Farmland Policy Innovation. Topics involve farm transition planning, conducting a community agriculture inventory, energy development and farmland preservation, and growing farming businesses. There also will be exhibition space and a lunch featuring Ohio foods.

Registration of $40 includes continental breakfast and lunch. Deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. More details and online registration is available at http://cffpi.osu.edu/summit11.htm

Organizations helping to plan the event are the Office of Farmland Preservation, Ohio Department of Agriculture; Center for Farmland Policy Innovation, Ohio State University; Otterbein College; American Farmland Trust; Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Ohio Township Trustees Association; County Commissioners Association of Ohio; Countryside Conservancy; Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission; Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association; OSU Extension; OSU Agricultural and Resource Law Program; and American Planning Association-Ohio Chapter.

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