Over the last several months, Farm Bureau members throughout Ohio have been participating in well water testing. Ohio Farm Bureau provided each county Farm Bureau 25 testing kits for members to use and then send to Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research for nitrate analysis, and 675 members took advantage of the program.

It is recommended that wells be tested annually if they are more than 20 years old; were dug rather than drilled; are shallow; soil is sandy; a chemical spill happened nearby; or are near cropland, feedlots, landfills or industrial sites.

Once homeowners receive their results, they can use the Ohio Watershed Network’s Well Water Interpretation Tool to understand what the results mean. Ohio State University in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency developed this online tool that offers instant water quality interpretation.

Depending on results, if further action is needed, there are online resources for well owners with additional information and resource links.

The well water testing initiative is a part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Water Quality Action Plan, a comprehensive effort to help improve water quality statewide, which also includes edge-of-field nutrient runoff monitoring and conservation efforts through the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network in northwest Ohio, as well as advocating for legislation that will positively impact the state’s water quality while allowing the business of agriculture to grow.

“More than 750,000 households in Ohio depend on their own well, spring or cistern for their drinking water,” according to Larry Antosch, OFBF’s senior director of policy development and environmental policy. “Farm Bureau provided this service for members so they have an opportunity to see what’s in their family’s drinking water and take any necessary corrective actions.”

Ohio Farm Bureau membership

As a member of Farm Bureau, I am glad that this organization takes action when necessary to protect and advance agriculture.
Mary Smallsreed's avatar
Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Policy Development
If you have issues with local planning or have legal questions, someone at the Farm Bureau has the answer for you, or they’ll connect you with someone who does.
Gayle Hansen's avatar
Gayle Hansen

Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau

Hansen's Greenhouse
Farm Bureau is an incredible organization that has given me countless professional development opportunities in addition to advocating for all sizes and types of farmers.
Shana Angel's avatar
Shana Angel

Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau

We go to a lot of Farm Bureau events, and there’s a lot of camaraderie built because you’re meeting with people who have similar interests and goals.
Andy Hollenback's avatar
Andy Hollenback

Licking County Farm Bureau

Event Calendar
Through its policies it brings together people in the agricultural community and invests in building vibrant communities that support agriculture.
Eric Bernstein 's avatar
Eric Bernstein

Kalmbach Feeds

Kalmbach Feeds
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington, D.C.
Austin Heil's avatar
Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
Suggested Tags: