What we are doing

We work with ag retailers to improve management of our key soil, nutrient and crop-protection resources by keeping them on our cropland and out of our streams, rivers and lakes.

Why we are doing it

Ag retailers are key players in addressing nutrient runoff by ensuring their customers’ dollars stay on the field for crop nutrition, rather than running off into nearby waterways.

Webinars

Our webinars present the latest nutrient management research and economic returns for ag retailer products and services that improve water quality.

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Ag retailer tools and resources

Learn more about the benefits of products and services your facility offers by downloading our free materials and accessing PARM’s interactive tools.

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Latest News

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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Funds Available for Cover Crops, other Best Management Practices

Gov. John R. Kasich and members of his Cabinet announced major new multi- agency initiatives that make available significant resources to local communities and the agriculture community to help further strengthen protections for Lake Erie water quality and local drinking water supplies. The initiatives were unveiled by the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources at the Kris Swartz Farm in Perrysburg. Highlights include: $150 million in zero-interest loans for local water…

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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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Factors for phosphorus loss from land to surface water

August 6, 2014 By Greg LaBarge, OSU Field Specialist Agronomic Systems Never miss the latest news affecting Ohio agriculture. Subscribe to Digital Dale and follow along via Facebook and Twitter. I am often asked in the conversation about issues of phosphorus from agriculture and water quality standpoint, “Is rate the only concern?”  If it were only that simple, we would likely already have seen reduced non-point source loads from a water quality monitoring standpoint. Most of us have reduced fertilizer…

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Technology, focused fertility smooth strip-till transition

Steve Berning is a big believer in measuring what he manages, which has helped him efficiently strip-till 2,000 rented acres of continuous corn at Galusha Farm in Warrenville, Ill. Berning credits an ambitious adoption of precision technology several years ago as key to preparing for his switch from broad-based tillage to strip-till in fall 2011. “I set a goal for myself that in 3 years, I would make the move to strip-till, and I remember talking with my trusted advisors…

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Media calls on NCWQR during Toledo water crisis

Aug 5, 2014 Dr. Laura Johnson, a research scientist with Heidelberg’s National Center for Water Quality Research, has been sought by various media outlets to shed light on the causes and solutions for Toledo’s recent water crisis. The crisis, blamed on a toxic blue-green algal bloom that produced elevated levels of the chemical microcystin in the western Lake Erie basin near Toledo’s intake facility, forced city officials to ban the use of tap water for consumption and other uses for…

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