Farm Bureau believes that to be economically viable agriculture must be environmentally responsible.
That was the theme of two joint letters sent by Ohio Farm Bureau and the Auglaize and Mercer county Farm Bureaus to farmers in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.
Farmers in the watershed have been required to comply with new rules after the watershed was designated by the state as a “watershed in distress” due nutrients from agriculture, development and other sources. That designation meant farmers had to develop nutrient management plans as part of their efforts to improve water quality.
The Ohio Farm Bureau board along with the county Farm Bureaus decided to reach out to farmers who have met the new requirements as well as those who have yet to submit a plan as the Dec. 15 deadline approaches.
“We appreciate the leadership of the majority of farmers who met the challenge of complying with the new rules and thank them for their commitment,” said Larry Antosch, Ohio Farm Bureau’s senior director, program innovation and environmental policy. “For farmers who have yet to submit a plan, we want to learn what challenges they are facing and how we can help. We want to work together to protect the interests of farmers and the community as a whole.”