Farm Bureau supports new nutrient bill

As legislators looked to respond to algal blooms in Ohio’s waters, Farm Bureau sought a law that would improve water quality and be practical for farmers. HB 61 meets these goals and has been designated a “key vote,” meaning lawmakers’ votes will be considered when OFBF determines its “Friends of Agriculture” in the next election cycle.

HB 61 will restrict the application of nutrients on frozen, snow-covered or saturated ground in the WLEB while addressing two Farm Bureau priorities: farmers are allowed the necessary time to come into compliance, and realistic standards are established for how farmers can operate under certain weather conditions.

Farm Bureau also gained lawmakers’ assurance that resources will be provided to help farmers comply with the bill’s provisions.

Farm Bureau believes the bill strikes an appropriate balance between protecting natural resources and creating workable rules for farmers.

The House is expected to vote on the measure next week.

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