Cost-share program for cover crops available

Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District received a grant from the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Water Quality Initiative Program to fund a three-year study on the effectiveness of cover crops. They evaluated soil fertility as well as the impact on water quality. The three-year study has concluded and a final report will be published soon. We can say that the third year of planting showed great success.

Currently, money remains that SWCD would like to offer to all farmers that are signed up with FSA. Cost-share of $5.25/acre for the cost of seed and application is available for planting fields ranging in size from 25 acres to 100 acres.

The deadline for application is Aug. 15, 2017. For details and an application form, go to www.hcswcd.org/soil-fertility or call the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District office for a copy, 513-772-7645.