In accordance with the federal law, the Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) of 1981, ODOT is required to consider the adverse effects of all federally funded transportation projects on farmland preservation and to consider alternative actions that could lessen those impacts.
In addition, Ohio's Farmland Preservation Act - ORC 929.05, requires ODOT to coordinate with the Ohio Department of Agriculture for transportation projects that take 10% or 10 acres (whichever is greater) from any individual property within an agricultural district.
Ecological Resources and Permit staff also work with the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a division of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, to identify Ohio's Prime Farmlands.
To discuss farmland in NEPA documents, the Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) Screening Sheet must be completed for any federally funded transportation project.