Darke County Farm Bureau partner in water quality initiative

Darke County Farm Bureau and its partners seek to improve water quality by helping farmers lessen the use of nitrogen and phosphorus and keep more of what is applied on farm fields, while increasing crop yields and boosting profits. The county received grant funding from Ohio Farm Bureau to help sponsor of Ohio State’s Manure Science Review Aug. 12 in Union City. Farm Bureau members will have a display booth showing water quality efforts being undertaken in the county. Grant funds also will support the efforts of Ohio State University Extension related to nutrient management in Darke County: Ohio State will be holding two Field Days in 2016 and is conducting on-farm research projects on local farms. Ohio Farm Bureau has invested $98,000 in member funds to support county Farm Bureau projects like this that address agriculture’s role in Ohio’s water quality challenges. The Water Quality Initiative Program supports collaborative projects that advance Ohio Farm Bureau?s goal of enhancing water quality and food production.