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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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Webinar for watershed organizations: Tips and resources for communicating about nutrient decisions

On July 15, 2014 at 2 PM Eastern, watershed groups are invited to participate in a free webinar to hear strategies to recognize resource management issues and communicate concerns with growers and landowners. The focus will be on helping to resolve conditions that also contribute to phosphorus losses to Lake Erie Basin waters. Watershed organizations play a key role in promoting tools and strategies for improving water quality, preventing harmful algal blooms and advocating for sensible policies that work for farmers and the environment.

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Funds available to Ohio Farmers for Nutrient Management Planning

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state office in Ohio has announced that July 18, 2014 will be the cut-off date for applications for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) – Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding in 2014. EQIP provides financial assistance to agricultural producers adopting a wide variety of resource management activities. The GLRI, established in 2010, provides a way for NRCS to focus on conservation that improves natural resources in the Great Lakes watershed. By targeting…

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Free Webinar: Ideas for Improving Customer Service and Profitability

Ag retailers are key influencers of many on-farm decisions. Learn how to better recognize and resolve profit-robbing conditions on your customer’s farms.   Our focus will be on helping to resolve conditions that also contribute to phosphorus losses to Lake Erie Basin waters. Improvements are needed to improve water quality, avoid harmful algal blooms, and avoid additional regulations that will impact our ability to do our jobs. This webinar is approved for 1 CCA CEU in Professional Development. We’ll address sensitive…

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