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Mercer County Farm Bureau to engage in soil health study

Mercer County Farm Bureau is one of 15 county Farm Bureaus that will receive funding for water quality projects from Ohio Farm Bureau. This round of funding will put total investment by Ohio Farm Bureau and partner organizations at more than $1 million in county water quality projects.

This year, more than $154,000 in OFBF and matching funds will be put to work in local communities.

In Mercer County, two different methods will be used to research the differences in soil health between a long-term no-till system and a minimum tillage system. Data will be collected for 16 months and followed up by community outreach.

“What an incredible effort by our members and partners in reaching the $1 million mark. These projects over the past couple of years have helped improve water quality in communities across the state with the help of more than two dozen county Farm Bureaus and more than 110 partner groups,” said Jordan Hoewischer, OFBF director of water quality and research.

The county water quality grants are part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive Water Quality Action Plan launched in September 2014. OFBF has invested $2.3 million in member funds for projects and measures that help protect the environment and preserve farmers’ ability to produce food. The complete story on Farm Bureau water quality initiatives is at farmersforwater.org.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.