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Eisenhauers Receive Cooperator Of The Year Award

17 Nov , 2020  

Randy and Eileen Eisenhauer, Eisenhauer Family Farm were recently recognized as the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District Cooperator of the Year at the District’s Annual Celebration.

The Eisenhauers’ dedication to numerous conservation practices serve to protect and preserve Richland County’s natural resources. Randy and Eileen Eisenhauer have been committed to agriculture and conservation their entire lives. They both grew up in agriculture families and have passed along their passion and dedication for agriculture and soil and water conservation along to their daughters.

The Eisenhauer Family Farm started with bare ground in 2003. More…

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Local Food Producer List Being Created

13 Aug , 2020  

By Richland SWCD; 1812Blockhouse

Now, more than ever, buying locally grown and produced food is important.

That message is currently being shared by Destination Mansfield, NECIC, OSU Extension –  Richland County, Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development,  Richland County Farm Bureau, and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District.

With the events of 2020 impacting some food availability, those groups are assembling a list of where consumers may purchase locally grown and produced food. More…

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Northwest County Farmers Act To Conserve Land

18 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District has shared news that two northwest Richland County farmers have acted to preserve over 300 acres of farmland.

Through the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Local Agriculture Easement Program, better known as the Ohio Farmland Preservation Program, Ohio farmers can receive compensation for placing acreage with a qualified organization that can project the area from development in perpetuity. More…

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Local Student Receives Ohio Farm Bureau Scholarship

18 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

When recipients of the Ohio Farm Bureau’s several scholarships were announced recently, Richland County was represented.

Over $57,000 in scholarships were awarded in various categories that recognize academic effort, community engagement, and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education, or scientific research, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

Richland County student Brianna Carmack was a recipient of the Darwin Bryan Scholarship. More…

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The Birth Of A New Food Economy?

29 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

Some weeks ago, we shared a post about the new biography of author and conservationist Louis Bromfield. In that piece, which can be read here, we referenced the recent blog post by Stephen Heyman, writer of the Bromfield book, focusing on “Victory Gardens” and the potential for home gardening to regain a position of popularity across the country.

Today, we shared with you a recently-published article that carries forward the same theme, albeit on a larger scale. Could the current pandemic actually represent the birth of a new food economy?

By Stephanie Hiller, Yes!

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the future of the Cannard Family Farm—whose organic vegetables supplied a single Berkeley restaurant—was looking stark. More…

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Grant Program Helps Farmers Plant Cover Crops

9 May , 2020  

Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is partnering with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District on a grant program for producers who plant cover crops.

Last year, the grant program assisted in getting cover crops on over 206.23 acres of Richland County farmland and resulted in 87 tons of soil from eroding into our streams. It also kept 139 pounds of phosphorous on the land and 255 pounds of nitrogen out of waterways. More…


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Tough Times On The Farm: Agriculture In The Midwest

31 Mar , 2020  

by Ruth Conniff and Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

All in all, 2019 was a terrible year for farmers across the Midwest and so far 2020 doesn’t look much better.

Bad weather, trade wars and low prices due to oversupply all contributed to the grim economic news, even before the COVID-19 pandemic began wreaking havoc with export markets. More…

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Assistance Available For Ohio, Richland County Wetlands

18 Feb , 2020  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) encourages people and groups wanting to restore and protect critical wetlands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements.

This year, the NRCS will invest in technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes and other groups protect these valuable lands. Efforts will be focused on restoring previously drained agricultural lands and protecting the restored wetlands with easements. Landowners are financially compensated for enrolling their land in easements. More…

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Richland County Farm Bureau Seeks Intern

16 Feb , 2020  

The Richland County Farm Bureau is offering an internship for interested applicants who have graduated from high school.

The intern will provide special project and program support to the organization director to meet the needs of the membership relative to established organizational goals and objectives for Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland County Farm Bureaus. The position will be located in Mansfield and is a full-time position, 40 hours/week. More…


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Pollinator Habitats To Help Rescue Monarch Butterflies

24 Aug , 2019  

Monarch butterflies are in trouble. The monarch population in the eastern U.S. has declined up to 90 percent in the last 20 years. In response, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are helping monarchs by adding ideal habitats across the state.

This initiative has already reached District 3 of the Ohio Department of Transportation in Ashland, and Richland County should see a pollinator habitat installed before 2022. More…

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Innovative Urban Farm Project To Be Unveiled

23 Aug , 2019  

Part of the future of farm-to-table initiatives may very well be underway on a street corner in Mansfield, Ohio.

North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. (NECIC) will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the community to its new Urban Farm. In partnership with The Gorman-Rupp Company, The Ohio State Mansfield and The Richland Gro-Op Cooperative, the grand opening will be on Friday September 6th, 2019 from 5 PM to 6 PM. More…

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OSU Mansfield Microfarm Project Takes Center Stage In Columbus

5 Dec , 2018  

On Monday night, the Ohio Microfarm Project, an initiative with “roots” at The Ohio State University at Manfsield, took to the stage in Columbus to share its vision.

The setting was an evening set aside for the ten finalists in the Alliance for the American Dream initiative to present their respective programs. Each is vying to be one of the three efforts selected to be presented to the initiative underwriter for funding and support, and to be shared as well with the three other universities involved in the Alliance – the University of Utah, Arizona State University, and the University of Wisconsin. More…

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Agricultural Easement Funding Announced; Richland County Included

25 Nov , 2017  

This week, the Ohio Department of Agriculture announced that eight land trusts, four counties, one township and ten Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. Richland County is among 20 counties becoming eligible for funding through the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. More…

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You Can Help Farm Bureau Develop Policy

30 May , 2017  

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the Richland County Farm Bureau policy development meeting on Wednesday, June 7, at 7:00 AM in the Reed’s Room at Ed Pickens’ Café on Main. A hot breakfast will be served at 7:15 AM.

Policy development is one of the most important activities that the Richland County Farm Bureau conducts each year. More…


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Agriculture Fertilizer Certification Meeting Set

12 Jan , 2017  

With the passage of Senate Bill 150 in 2014, Ohio became the first state to require anybody who applies commercial fertilizer to more than 50 acres for agricultural purposes to be certified no later than Sept. 30, 2017. Applying fertilizer without certification could result in fines and/or misdemeanor charges.

A Certification Meeting will be held on February 7 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Richland County Longview Center 1495 West Longview Ave. in Mansfield. More…