Grant money available for county Farm Bureau water projects

A new round of funding is available for county Farm Bureau projects aimed at protecting Ohio’s water resources.

First implemented last year, Ohio Farm Bureau’s County Water Quality Initiative Program funded nearly $140,000 worth of projects that ranged from a nutrient management mobile app to educational workshops/materials to the purchase of a no-till drill for putting in cover crops. These projects advanced OFBF’s goal of enhancing water quality and food production as part of its $1 million Water Quality Action Plan.

The grant funds will be awarded to county Farm Bureaus on a dollar-for-dollar match for local water projects that are collaborative (involving partners such as commodity groups, agribusinesses, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and conservation groups). With additional matching funds from partners, last year’s projects generated more than $400,000 in total resources.

Examples of the types of projects that are eligible for financial support include those that inform and educate Farm Bureau members, decision-makers and the public about local, regional and/or statewide water issues, assist in the demonstration and implementation of management measures that lead to a positive impact on water quality and local surface and/or groundwater monitoring and assessment activities.

Single or multi-county Farm Bureau projects will be accepted. Applications are due April 15 by 5 p.m.