In Ohio, and across the nation, land use and farmland preservation issues have become topics of increasing concern. In response, a number of approaches have been called for to address these issues. While some states have enacted new zoning and growth control measures, others have focused on economic incentives and information dissemination. In Ohio, which has a strong tradition of "home rule," choices about which tools to use to meet land use goals are largely in the hands of local government. Thus the future status of farmland, open space, and urban areas in Ohio largely depends on local-level decisions.