Sponsored by Representatives Susan Manchester (R-84) and Mary Lightbody (D-19), the OEFFA-backed Family Farm ReGeneration Act (House Bill 95) passed unanimously out of the Ohio House Agriculture Committee in March. Since then, supporters of beginning farmers and farmland access have been waiting for House Speaker Robert Cupp (R-4) to bring the bill to a full House floor vote. You can help us get this important bill across the finish line!
The Family Farm ReGeneration Act provides an important bridge between landowners and land seekers, authorizing tax credits for those who sell or rent farmland, livestock, buildings, or equipment to beginning farmers. It also provides a credit for beginning farmers who attend a financial management program.
Ohio lost almost 1 million acres of farmland to development since 1997 and nationally, 100 million acres of land will change hands in the next few years, putting even more land at risk.
At the same time, a growing number of next generation farmers are excited about entering a career in agriculture, but access to affordable land is the biggest barrier they face. Now is the time to take action to help get new farmers on the land and keep prime farmland in production, so that we have a bright future for Ohio’s food and agriculture industry.