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Tecumseh Land Trust receives $100,000 grant

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Locally based Tecumseh Land Trust, or TLT, was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the American Farmland Trust, or AFT, to help farmers and landowners in the area in transferring their land to a new generation of producers.

“Forty percent of farmland in this country is owned by people of retirement age,” according to a press release from TLT. “Some of these folks have heirs who want to farm, while others do not. Regardless, plans need to be made to transfer some 370 million acres of land to the next generation in a fairly short period of time.”

AFT’s four-year Land Transfer Navigator program will provide TLT staff with training and resources in land transfer and access. During those four years, TLT will host educational events and create and distribute materials for area landholders who are starting to think about transitioning their land.

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“The average age of a farmer in Ohio is 58 years old,” TLT Executive Director Michele Burns said in the press release. “Now is the time to start planning for land transitions and looking for ways for beginning and underserved farmers to get access to land.”

Founded in 1990, TLT helps landowners preserve farmland, natural areas, waterways and historic sites and promotes natural resource conservation. TLT has preserved over 36,000 acres and 62 stream miles in Clark, Greene and surrounding counties. Using state and federal grant programs, TLT has brought over $35 million into area communities to purchase conservation easements on private lands.

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