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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 12th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit is planned for Thursday, Nov. 17.
Geared to local officials, land trust leadership and members, farmers, landowners, planners, agency personnel, economic development professionals, and anyone interested in preserving Ohio farmland, the summit will take place at Ohio State University's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, just across from the Schottenstein Center on the Columbus campus.
The keynote speaker is Jon Scholl, president of the American Farmland Trust, said Jill Clark, co-host of the event and director of the university's Center for Farmland Policy Innovation. Scholl will discuss key considerations in the 2012 Farm Bill.
And, in an afternoon plenary, Dale Minyo of Ohio Ag Net will interview farmers Renee Winner and Joe Young who have protected their family farms.
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and will feature breakout sessions on a variety of topics, Clark said, ranging from farm transition planning, conducting a community agriculture inventory, energy development and farmland preservation, and growing farming businesses. There will also be exhibition space and a lunch featuring Ohio foods.
Registration is $40 and 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 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.