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Ohio House Committee Expands Beginning Farmer Bill
Ohio Ag Connection - 11/06/2019

Legislation that would provide tax subsidies for the transfer of farm property and other farm assets from established farmers to beginner farmers in Ohio was expanded in committee to include transfers between family members, which would have been prohibited under the original language.

The adjustment was made because the farming industry operates differently than most other businesses in the sense that it is more common to pass a farm down to one's children, said Rep. John Patterson of Jefferson during the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee hearing. Patterson sits on the committee and is one of the bill's sponsors.

Proponents of the bill speaking at the hearing included the Ohio Soybean Assocociation, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Cattleman's Association, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio Dairy Producers Association, and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association .

Along with that change, the substitute bill for HB183 also added a $10 million cap and a five-year sunset provision to ensure that the legislation is closely monitored and uses state resources properly, Rep. Susan Manchester of Lakeview, said in the hearing. Manchester is also sponsoring the legislation.

The committee unanimously approved the substitute bill.

To be eligible for the tax subsidies under the legislation, an established farmer would have to sell or rent to a farmer with 10 years or less experience who participates in a financial management program. This would include the sale or rental of land, livestock, facilities or equipment.

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