Burkett, grain farmers speak on water quality

Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III spoke to Toledo residents this morning about the steps being taken by the agricultural community to protect water quality. He was invited by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and Ohio Soybean Association to participate in their news conference this morning.

In his remarks to reporters, Burkett applauded the industry-wide effort being made by crop farmers, livestock producers, ag retailers, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, OSU Extension and others to simultaneously protect water quality and preserve the food production system.

Among Farm Bureau’s efforts, Burkett highlighted the partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to operate the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network, which is researching new farming practices and testing their impacts on water quality and agricultural productivity. The Demo Farms are one of many steps Farm Bureau members are taking as part of the organization’s Water Quality Action Plan.

During the event, Ohio State University researcher Dr. Elizabeth Dayton shared data that showed farmers are making progress in reducing nutrient escapes from their fields, which will positively affect water quality.

In addition to today’s news conference, the grain farmers announced a public education initiative to highlight the progress they’ve made on water quality and their commitment to doing more. The initiative will include newspapers ads, billboards in the Toledo area and digital content, including a video for social platforms.

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Photo provided by Andrew Flinn, Brownfield Network.