Hamilton County Farm Bureau receives grant for water quality project

Hamilton County Farm Bureau is assisting with the Dry Fork/Howard Creek Watershed Cover Crop Project, which will work with four key farmers in the watershed to incorporate the use of fall cover crops into their farms.

Grant funds, including funds received from Ohio Farm Bureau, will be used to cover half the cost to purchase and apply cover crop seeds wtih the farmer participants providing the remaining half. Soil fertility and water quality evaluations will be conducted to demonstrate the value of fall cover crops. From the landowners’ perspective, this project will ultimately lead to improved water quality through reduced sedimentation, nutrients,and pesticides in the Dry Run/Howard Creek Sub Watershed of the Whitewater River.

Ohio Farm Bureau has invested $98,000 in member funds to support county Farm Bureau projects 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.