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Lawmakers prioritizing water quality

The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) and the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) expressed their appreciation to the Ohio General Assembly for its proposal to address water quality among the priority legislation for the new session. Senate Bill 2, co-sponsored by Sen. Matt Dolan and Sen. Bob Peterson, proposes to create a statewide watershed planning structure for programs to be implemented by local soil and water conservation districts.

“Ohio lawmakers are sending a strong message that water quality is a top priority in the coming session, and Ohio grain farmers share that priority,” said Jon Miller, OCWGA president. “While the General Assembly is still working out the details of the legislation, we applaud them for their commitment to Lake Erie and other bodies of water.”

Ohio grain farmers have embraced new farming priorities and practices in order to keep nutrients on the field, have invested in scientific research and new farming equipment, and are applying less phosphorous on their fields than ever before.

“In addressing something as important and complex as water quality, it’s important to invite all parties to the table — including farmers,” said Scott Metzger, OSA president. “We thank state legislators for doing that with Senate Bill 2, and we look forward to continuing to work with them on this issue that all of us care about.”

Research and education funded by Ohio’s corn, soybean and wheat farmers include the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, edge-of-field water quality testing and updating the Tri-State Fertility Guide.

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