Small stream in a farm field in rural Carroll County, Maryland.

Conservation encouraged through new CAUV changes

The CAUV changes signed into law included a key provision focusing on conservation and, in turn, water quality. Previously, farmers were discouraged from idling land for conservation because it was taxed as though it is producing crops. Now, CAUV land used for year-round conservation practices, or enrolled in a federal land retirement or conservation program for at least three years, will be valued at the lowest of the values assigned on the basis of soil type.

Farm Bureau believes taxing conservation lands at the CAUV minimum value is appropriate because those lands are non-producing.

“Since Ohio’s farmers are committed to being great stewards of the land and environment, working to remove the tax penalty for placing land in conservation was important for our members,” said Jenna Beadle, OFBF director of state policy. “Farmers are trying to do the right thing and our tax policy should be supportive of their efforts.”