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Ohio Watershed Network

Ohio State University Extension

Agricultural

Financial security

We spoke with a few agricultural landowners who were retired and are no longer farming.  They had tried to sell their land but were unable to do so during the recession, and instead opted to put a conservation easement on some of their streamside property and enroll some in a conservation program that provided them with additional income.  They considered this approach to be a good option during a tough economic time.

Drainage management

The full time farmers we interviewed were interested in maintaining adequate drainage and current regulations so their farm could continue to be productive.  These farmers were interested in practices that could help them maintain drainage and keep their land productive.

Alternatives

Protect health of family and the environment

Many of the agricultural landowners we spoke with were very interested in soil and water conservation.  Some had served on their local conservation board and many had worked with them over the years to help protect the environment and build a life farming.