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Water quality column: ‘Farmers can’t fix this problem alone’

Ohio Farm Bureau’s extensive water quality efforts were detailed in a recent Toledo Blade commentary by Executive Vice President Jack Fisher. In the column, he talked about how the farm community supports both Senate Bill 150 and Senate Bill 1, which are designed to curb agricultural runoff into water resources, and how Ohio’s largest farms are subject to multiple inspections each year.

“We often hear that farmers’ efforts to curb agricultural runoff that contributes to the growth of toxic algae are strictly voluntary. This is not the case,” he wrote.  

He then went on to describe Ohio Farm Bureau’s $1 million Water Quality Action Plan, how the organization now has three water quality and nutrient management specialists and Farm Bureau’s work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to establish a network of demonstration farms to find new, environmentally friendly farming methods.

Fisher also called on other sectors to do their part to improve Ohio’s water resources, saying it’s a “shared responsibility.”

“Farmers agree there is a great deal more to be done. But farmers can’t fix this problem alone,” he wrote.

Amy Graves 

Amy Graves is a freelance writer from Franklin County.