PERRYSBURG - Tim and Phyllis Riley and Black Swamp Conservancy, along with the U.S.and Ohio departments of agriculture, have entered into a permanent farmland preservation agreement.
The agreement - known as an agricultural easement - ensures the 120-acre farm will be devoted exclusively to agriculture forever.
Located north of Tiffin, Riley Farm produces corn, soybeans and wheat. The Ohio Century Farm has been in Mrs. Riley's family since 1864. The property features original barns dating from the late 1800s, which the Rileys are working to restore.
To date, there are 17 farms covering 2,500 acres permanently protected with agricultural conservation easements in theTiffin area. The conservancy is in the process of protecting another nine farms, totaling more than 920 acres, in this region.