Free nutrient management plans still available for Western Lake Erie Basin producers

Four educators are available this winter to help farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin develop Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs). Ohio State University Extension educators Tony Campbell, Linda Lauber, Jessie Schulze and Brittany Sieler are developing the plans at no cost to farmers in the 22-county WLEB. Ohio Farm Bureau helped provide funding for their hiring as part of its $1 million Water Quality Action Plan. Having a nutrient management plan can help farmers improve water quality, potentially reduce costs and increase yields on their farms.

The NMP writers will be on hand in most counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin on select days this winter (see schedule below) to answer questions and help farmers gather data needed to prepare for the NMP.

The plans provide both fertility recommendations and an environmental site risk for fields that help identify resource concerns impacting nutrient and sediment loss. To date 33 plans covering 17,877 acres in Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and Wood Counties in Ohio and Lenawee County, Mich., have been completed.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend one of the days listed by contacting Jessie Schulze at 419-782-4771 or [email protected]. Just provide your name, phone number, plus preferred county, date and arrival time  (9 a.m.-noon) or (noon-3 p.m.). More information can be found at

County Location Dates Time

Youth Activity Building, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima


Tuesday, March 21
Tuesday, March 28


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 208 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta


Wednesday, Feb. 8, Wednesday, March 22


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 112 East Mansfield St., Bucyrus


Thursday, Feb. 2
Tuesday, March 14


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 6879 Evansport Road, Defiance


Tuesday, Jan. 24
Wednesday, March 29


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 2900 Columbus Ave, Sandusky


Tuesday, Jan. 31
Thursday, March 16


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, Buckeye Room, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon


Tuesday, Jan. 10
Tuesday, Feb. 7


9 am – 3 pm


Please visit a surrounding county due to building renovations.


Extension Office, 1021 W. Lima St., Kenton


Tuesday, Feb. 14

Thursday, March 30


9 am – 3 pm


Conference Room, 1st Floor Hahn Center, 104 E. Washington Street, Napoleon


Wednesday, Jan. 25

Wednesday, Feb. 15


9 am – 3 pm


Toledo Botanical Gardens, 5434 West Bancroft, Toledo


Wednesday, Jan. 11

Thursday, Feb. 23


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 240 W. Lake St., Oak Harbor


Thursday, Jan. 12

Thursday, Feb. 16


9 am – 3 pm


Youth Leadership Building, 503 Fairground Dr., Paulding


Tuesday, Jan. 3

Wednesday, Feb. 1


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 1206 East Second St., Ottawa


Thursday, Feb. 9

Wednesday, March 15


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 2000 Countryside Dr., Fremont


Tuesday, Jan. 17

Tuesday, Feb. 28


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 3140 South State Route 100, Tiffin


Thursday, Jan. 26

Thursday, March 9


9 am – 3 pm

Van Wert  

Extension Office, 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert


Tuesday, Feb. 21

Wednesday, March 8


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 1425 East High St., Bryan


Wednesday, Jan. 18

Tuesday, March 7


9 am – 3 pm


Basement Conference Room, 639 S. Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green


Thursday, Jan. 19

Wednesday, March 1


9 am – 3 pm


Extension Office, 109 South Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky


Thursday, Jan. 5

Wednesday, Feb. 22


9 am – 3 pm


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