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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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Richland County Farmers Can Benefit From Water Quality Program

30 Apr , 2021  

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced Wednesday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded ODA’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation a five-year, $8 million grant to assist in Ohio’s work to improve water quality in Lake Erie.

Administered by the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the grant funding will support Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative by assisting farmers in developing nutrient management plans and conservation practices in Crawford, Erie, Huron, Marion, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby and Wyandot counties. 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

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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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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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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All About Richland

Prettyman Re-Elected Treasurer Of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

8 Dec , 2019  

Cy Prettyman has been re-elected treasurer of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation at the organization’s 101st annual meeting held December 4-5 in Columbus. He holds the third-highest elected office in the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization. Prettyman was elected to the board of trustees in 2012 and represents members in his district that encompasses Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland counties. More…


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Extreme Weather Calls For Extreme Farming

3 Dec , 2019  

Recent extreme weather events have created difficulties for many Ohio farmers. Many fields were left unplanted, and many of the fields that were planted suffered drown outs, yield losses and delayed harvests as farmers waited for crops to reach maturity. That is why the Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), along with the SWCDs of Ashland, Holmes, and Wayne counties and the associated county Farm Bureaus, are working together to help farmers create a plan for these extreme weather events. More…

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Farm Bureau Celebrates Centennial

20 Oct , 2019  

Richland County Farm Bureau recently celebrated the Farm Bureau Centennial at the Annual Meeting held at the Ontario Event Center. Seventy-one members and special guests enjoyed a buffet dinner. President Luke Wittmer thanked the 15 dinner sponsors for their continued support of Farm Bureau.

The OFBF Centennial video started things off after dinner. Wittmer then introduced the guest speakers, Norman Jones and Kip Curtis, who spoke about the OSU-Mansfield microfarm project and Gro-Op (urban farm support). More…

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Mansfield’s Hulit Serving on Ohio Farm Bureau Committee

15 Sep , 2019  

Dale Hulit of Mansfield is now serving on the 2019 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee.

The committee collects and organizes public policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and presents the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates during the state annual meeting in December. More…


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Mansfield’s North End To Be Transformed By Urban Farming

26 Jul , 2019  

To many, the phrase may seem like an oxymoron–farms most typically dot the rural landscape, far removed from the concrete and asphalt of the city. However, residents of Mansfield’s North End will soon see their community beautified—and invigorated—by the creation of an urban farm, in perhaps one of the city’s most surprising and unlikely locations.

Back in 2017, NECIC updated its “North End Community Economic Development Plan,” in which, according to United States Department of Agriculture guidelines, the North End was identified as a “fresh food desert.” More…

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Manure And You

18 Jul , 2019  

Bet you haven’t seen that headline on a news story before, have you?

Actually, it’s the name of a workshop hosted on Tuesday, August 20 by the Richland Soil & Water Conservation District and others. It promises to be a complete look at all aspects of manure and fertilizer, from testing to its application in a variety of agricultural uses. More…

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Farm Bureau Sets Safety Meeting, Annual Meeting Dates

20 Aug , 2018  

The Richland County Farm Bureau is joining with its counterpart in Crawford County in hosting a regional safety meeting this Saturday the Sunrise Cooperative facility near Crestline.

The two-hour session includes a grain bin safety session and extraction demonstration and Stop the Bleed with stations focusing how to control blood loss in emergency situations. A limited number of tourniquet kits will be given away and as well as a drawing for a grain bin rescue tube to be presented to one area fire department. More…



Community Leaders and Public Invited to Food System Workshop

4 Jun , 2018  

It’s spring at The Ohio State University at Mansfield Microfarm. The high tunnels are overflowing with lettuce, spinach and swiss chard. Now, as spring turns into summer, it’s time to take the growth of the microfarm out farther into the local community. A community workshop called “Aggregating Produce, Sharing Profits” will be held in Ovalwood Hall at Ohio State Mansfield on June 9 from 10 AM to 3 PM. The public is invited along with community leaders. More…

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