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Richland County Farm Bureau Invites All To Membership Meeting

23 Jan , 2023  

You are invited for an evening of good food, great company, and the opportunity to learn about the benefits of Farm Bureau membership.

On Monday, February 13 at 6:30 PM, the Richland County Farm Bureau invites you to Legends Sports Grill & Pub at 63 W. Main St., Shelby, to kick off its membership campaign.

As a member, you will help the organization grow stronger and support Ohio farmers and rural economies. At the event, they will discuss the money-saving benefits and services available, the membership structure, campaign details, and incentives for recruiters. You will also receive materials to share the Farm Bureau story with friends and neighbors and be equipped to successfully recruit new members.

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Small Farm Conference To Be Held At OSUM; Registration Now Open

22 Jan , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

The OSU Extension Small Farm Team has announced that registration for the 2023 Small Farm Conference is now open.

The conference, titled “Sowing Seeds for Success,” will be held in Mansfield on March 11 and is designed for beginning and small farm owners, as well as those looking to diversify their operations. The conference will feature five tracks, including Farm Office, Horticulture and Produce Production, Livestock, Agritourism/Marketing, and Natural Resources.

Topics of discussion will include purchasing a family farm, food animal processing, beekeeping, and agritourism laws. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit a trade show featuring innovative ideas and services for their farming operations.

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Richland County Farmers Eligible For Nutrient Planning Grant

2 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Are you looking for ways to save money on your farm?  A Nutrient Management Plan and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) can help.

Richland SWCD received a grant from the Richland County Foundation to pay 50% of the cost to have a nutrient management plan written. A plan is tailored to the land’s needs and could save money and time in gas, fertilizer, and equipment use. Land is left in good shape for future generations and helps prevent nutrients running off fields into streams, lakes, and rivers, which can cause algae blooms and are harmful to aquatic life.

A nutrient management plan helps achieve farm and environmental goals through best management practices. Incorporating the 4Rs of nutrient management into a plan will optimize fertilizer and manure use. The 4Rs are Applying the Right Amount from the Right Source at the Right Place at the Right Time.

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New Book On Malabar Puts Farm In Larger Context

7 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In Annelise Abbot’s newly-published work, “Malabar Farm: Louis Bromfield, Friends of the Land, and the Rise of Sustainable Agriculture,” the author looks at how the Farm pioneered soil conservation and grew the sustainable agriculture movement.

According to the publisher, Kent State University Press, Abbot “… tells the story of Malabar Farm within the context of the wider histories of soil conservation and other environmental movements, especially the Ohio-based organization Friends of the Land. As one of the few surviving landmarks of this movement, which became an Ohio state park in 1976, Malabar Farm provides an intriguing case study of how soil conservation began, how it was marginalized during the 1950s, and how it now continues to influence the modern idea of sustainable agriculture.

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H2O Virtual Meetings To Be Held

15 Jul , 2021  

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. More…

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Farmer Incentive Program Expansion Includes Richland County

8 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda announced this week that H2Ohio’s farmer incentive program is expanding into 10 additional counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

The program, which offers funding to farmers who implement proven conservation practices that limit agricultural phosphorus runoff from fertilizer, is now open to farmers in Seneca, Huron, Erie, Wyandot, Richland, Shelby, Sandusky, Marion, Ottawa, and Crawford counties, bringing the total number of counties eligible for the program to 24.  Phosphorus runoff is the primary factor behind algal blooms on Lake Erie. More…

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Grant Program Helps Farmers Plant Cover Crops

29 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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.

In 2019, 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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Local Food Producer List Being Updated

19 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse; Richland SWCD

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.

Those groups are updating their list of where consumers may purchase locally grown and produced food at a time when normal supply chains have been disrupted because of the current pandemic. More…

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With Centuries-Old Techniques, This Farm Is Preparing For The Future

12 Jan , 2021  

One might well wonder what Louis Bromfield, the agricultural visionary of Malabar Farm, would think of this vision of the future of farming taking place in the fields of northwest France.

We think that he would be rather interested.

The following is from a piece entitled “With Centuries-Old Techniques, This Farm Is Preparing for the Future” by Klaus Sieg in reasonstobecheerful.world.

Charles Hervé-Gruyer’s most important tool looks like a wide fork crossed with a huge pasta machine on wheels. With his foot he presses the long row of tines into the ground. Pulling the tool towards him, the tines emerge. The rich scent of fertile earth fills the air. “Worms, woodlice, beetles, microorganisms,” says Hervé-Gruyer. “The whole diversity of nature remains undisturbed.” More…

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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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