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Webinar to examine economics of controlling algal blooms

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Experts will discuss the economics of water pollution control, particularly regarding harmful algal blooms, in an hour-long webinar beginning at noon Sept. 30. “Despite years of efforts to reduce phosphorus, our traditional conservation approaches appear not to be working as well as we wish,” said Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental economics with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and one of the webinar’s presenters. “It is really useful now for the farm community…

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Study: Most farmers willing to take more steps to improve water quality

By Tracy Turner | Posted on 9/18/2014 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Most farmers in the Maumee River watershed that drains into Lake Erie are willing to take at least one additional action to reduce nutrient loss on their farm if they feel like the action will benefit their farms as well as water quality. That’s according to new research from Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.…

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Free webinar for ag retailers: What ag retailers should know after the Toledo water crisis

On September, 26 at 12 p.m. EDT, ag retailers are invited to participate in a free webinar to discuss current nutrient management opportunities in the Western Lake Erie Basin.   The webinar will focus on the current state of the Western Lake Erie Basin and what ag retailers can do to improve water quality within the Basin in the wake of the Toledo water crisis. Speakers include:  Kevin Elder, Ohio Department of Agriculture, will share his thoughts on how ag…

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Best Management Practices To Keep Phosphorus On The Field

Best Management Practices To Keep Phosphorus On The Field Originally Printed in OSU C.O.R.N Newsletter 2014 By: Steve Culman, Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, Kevin King, Greg LaBarge Looking at current Ohio field research and the literature available on the topic of minimizing losses of phosphorus at the edge of the field the following recommendations are a starting point to maximizing productivity while minimizing environmental impacts on water quality. Phosphorous Rate, Application and Timing Avoid overloading soils. Soil test and follow tri-state fertilizer recommendations. Where…

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USDA invests new conservation funds to improve Lake Erie water quality

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2014–Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand “boots-on-the-ground” capacity in the area and will be contributing an additional $1 million in technical assistance which will in turn be leveraged by the NFWF along with other public and private entities.…

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Webinar Recording: Advisory Board Meeting

In case you were not able to attend our Advisory Board Meeting last week, we have provided a link below to watch a recording of the webinar. On this webinar, we will share our most recent progress towards identifying and developing ag retailer tools and services to improve nutrient management and profitability, as well as encouraging participation in NRCS programs in the Western Lake Erie Basin. This is also an opportunity for you to provide input on our proposed next…

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