Tag: water quality

States tackle water quality individually and collectively

Of all of the components of agriculture that is overseen by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), the topic of water quality and nutrient management has been a key focus for many years. ODA’s Director David Daniels, along with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams and Indiana State Department of [...]

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Blanchard River Demonstration Farms will be a useful tool for water quality

The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms project is a $1 million venture between the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The goal of the effort is to demonstrate on-farm conservation practices to help improve water and nutrient conservation. The Demonstration Farms aim to help producers find the [...]

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Secretary of State Jon Husted talked with Farm Bureau members yesterday during their annual Ag Day at the Capital.

CAUV, water quality and the state budget topics at OFBF Ag Day at the Capital

Roughly 250 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) members gathered in Columbus yesterday to receive updates on important state legislation, hear from state government leaders and visit their lawmakers’ offices as a part of the 2017 Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Day at the Capital. OFBF members heard from Secretary of State Jon Husted who stressed the [...]

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Identifying practices to best manage phosphorus

Since its creation, the P Index has been offering farmers insights into the decisions they make with regard to the phosphorus management on their farms with a scoring system for management practices. The problem is that the Ohio P Index has never been validated for accuracy with on-farm tests to see if the system reflects [...]

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Water Quality Status Report issued by Ohio Farm Bureau

Addressing the challenges that threaten Ohio’s clean water resources is an important priority for the agriculture community. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has released a report detailing its efforts to ensure safe and healthy water for the state. The Water Quality Status Report provides a list of action items being taken by farmers, Farm [...]

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Peter Yoder talks with Lake Choctaw residents on a recent water quality tour of his farm

Water quality is not only a big issue for big lakes

Many conversations about water quality in Ohio will include Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys, but a recent water quality tour in Madison County proved that the issue of water quality is big, no matter the size of the lake. Recently, some of the 1,500 residents of Choctaw Lake, a half-square mile body of [...]

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Tile drainage can not be ignored in water quality discussion

During the 2015 CTC Conference in Ada, Ohio, USDA ARS‘ Kevin King talked about where tile drainage fits into the water quality and nutrient management conversations and the technology to keep nutrients where they are initially placed. Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese visited with King about those topics.

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Ohio ag’s part in forming water quality legislation

On February 18th, the Ohio Senate passed SB1. The new legislation will focus on water quality and would prohibit the spreading of manure or fertilizer in the Lake Erie Watershed during certain weather conditions. Ohio ag groups has a major part in forming the bill. Ty Higgins has more in this report.

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USDA grant will help protect central Ohio water quality

A central Ohio organization’s proposal is among 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states that will be granted more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP competitively awards funds to conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for their region. Eligible partners include private [...]

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Kasich signs water quality legislation

On May 22, Gov. John Kasich signed the much-discussed Ohio water quality legislation, Am. Sub. SB 150, into law. “The bill itself was introduced on June 25, 2013 by senators Cliff Hite, who is also chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Bob Peterson. The sponsors and agencies willingly worked with Farm Bureau and the other [...]

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