Under Senate Bill 150, anyone who applies fertilizer on more than 50 acres for agriculture production must be certified by 2017. In Ohio Farm Bureau’s $1 million water quality action plan, one of the goals is to have all farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin certified by April 22 (Earth Day). That date is more than two years before the state required deadline.
As of press time, more than 4,800 farmers statewide have received their certification cards with many more still being processed. Ohio State University Extension, which has been conducting the classes, plans to add more classes with spring/summer field days and some later in the summer.