Farmers eager to learn about H2Ohio

More than 1,500 northwest Ohio farmers have attended the four meetings held so far to learn more about Gov. DeWine’s H2Ohio program and the $30 million funding available to farmers and landowners within the Maumee River watershed.

At the beginning of February, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative (OACI) began hosting meetings to inform farmers about H2Ohio. Attendees are also learning more about the H2Ohio application process through their local Soil and Water Conservation offices and how to sign up for the OACI Farmer Certification program, the main component used to qualify farmers for H2Ohio funding.

“The questions that farmers have been asking at these meetings indicate that they are motivated, educated and very interested to learn more about the H2Ohio best management practices and how they can be incentivized for implementing more of those practices,” said Dorothy Pelanda, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

More meetings are planned. Ohio Farm Bureau encourages farmers in the 14 counties of the Maumee River Watershed to attend one of the remaining informational meetings. Meetings are open to the public and attendees do not need to be a resident of the county meeting that they choose to attend.

6 p.m., Feb. 18:
American Legion Hall
601 N. 2nd Street, Coldwater

6 p.m., Feb. 20:
Fogle Center
815 E. Mathias Street. Leipsic

6 p.m., Feb. 27:
Kissell Community Building
509 N. Main Street, West Unity

9:30 a.m., Feb. 28:
Ohio Northern University McIntosh Center
402 West College, Ada