Once a month, Ohio Farm Bureau will highlight a water quality project from around the state on #WaterWednesday. Below is a message from Jordan Hoewischer, OFBF director of water quailty and research:

Today’s Water Wednesday is a joint project between the Scioto County Farm Bureau and Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District. The two organizations teamed up to fund a much needed piece of equipment for local farmers through the Ohio Farm Bureau Water Quality Grant Program. The equipment, a lime spreader, was unavailable for rental anywhere within the county, is now available to all area producers. Lime is important for farmers to increase the pH of fields that are slightly acidic and improve nutrient availability and uptake for their crops.

Farm Bureau members will be able to rent the spreader at a discount and more importantly, a discount is available to all producers who can show a recent soil test. All equipment renters will also receive written information about the 4R Nutrient Program from the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts who advocate for a conservation and educational approach to soil amendments. For more information on how to rent the lime spreader, please visit http://www.sciotoswcd.org and to become a member of your local farm bureau, go to www.ofbf.org/join.

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Image 1: The Scioto County Farm Bureau and Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District teamed up to provide local farmers with an opportunity to rent a lime spreader similar to the one pictured above for their operations. The spreader was purchased as part of the 2016 Ohio Farm Bureau Water Quality Grant Program and farm bureau members and farmers who can show proof of recent soil testing on their fields receive a rental discount.

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Image 2. Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District Staff and Supervisors with Scioto County Farm Bureau Board Members. Back L to R: Rich Sherman, David Otworth, Thomas Turner, Christina Armstrong, Bill Lewis, Jim Pertuset, Dave Gable Front L to R: Kate Sowards, Loretta McClure, Regina Craig, Kim Harless, Debbie Basham (Photo credit: Kate Sowards Scioto SWCD)

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Image 3. Go to www.sciotoswcd.org to apply for rental of the lime spreader, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on Rental Agreement for more information!

 

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Picture 4. After clicking thru to the rental application, you will see a host of information to fill out along with details on pricing as seen above. To become a farm bureau member, please visit www.ofbf.org/join.

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