WINTERSVILLE - Jefferson County residents, business and community leaders are invited to attend oil and gas development meetings sponsored by the Jefferson County Farm Bureau in conjunction with Ohio State University Extension.
The meetings are to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 28 and March 6 at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.
"Oil and gas production projects are now being developed in the area," said Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation director of energy services,. "As many aspects of lease negotiations near completion, farmers and rural residents need additional information to address a variety of financial, logistic and conservation issues now impacting their farms and the neighborhood."
"There are many questions and concerns in the area," said Marcus Chronister, Jefferson County Farm Bureau president.
"County farm bureau public policy action teams are helping sponsor the briefings to help local landowners and residents with unbiased information as they continue to explore the issues."
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm organization, encompassing 87 county farm bureau organizations and more than 225,000 member families statewide.
Locally, more than 3,300 member families belong to the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, it was noted.
The first program on Feb. 28 will cover wealth and tax management strategies for landowners as well as lease and royalty payments. Speakers will be Peggy Kirk Hall, attorney and legal educator, Ohio State University; David Miller, tax specialist with the Wright and Logan Co. law firm; and Mike Hogan, OSU Extension educator.
The second program will cover negotiating pipeline easements that are favorable to landowners. Speakers include Kirk Hall, attorney and legal educator; and Arnold, OFB director of energy.
For information, contact the Jefferson County Farm Bureau at (740) 266-6603 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.