By: Richland County SWCD, 1812Blockhouse
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Dorothy Pelanda announced last week that H2Ohio’s farmer incentive program is expanding into 10 additional counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
1812Blockhouse’s post concerning that announcement can be read here.
Richland County is included in the expansion and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is administering the program locally.
The program offers funding to farmers who implement proven conservation practices that limit agricultural phosphorus runoff from fertilizer. Phosphorus runoff is the primary cause of algal blooms in Lake Erie.
The virtual meetings will provide more information on H2Ohio’s conservation programs:
Links to the meetings are available at https://richlandswcd.net/services/agriculture/richland-swcd.
Meetings, **except for July 20, are available to watch with Richland SWCD at the Longview Center, 1495 Longview Avenue, Mansfield. The meeting content is the same for all meetings followed by a live Q & A.
Farmers must sign up before August 31 to get paid for developing a Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan. H2Ohio sign up is handled on a first come, first served basis so farmers are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.
Email questions about the H2Ohio program in Richland County to [email protected] or call 419-747-8686.
Richland Soil and Water Conservation District develops, implements, and assists landowners, government agencies and our partners with a wide range of natural resource conservation programs.
Programs and assistance of the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District are available without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, or veteran status.