The Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI), in which Ohio Farm Bureau is a member, welcomes the recent expansion of the H2Ohio farmer incentive program into 10 additional Western Lake Erie Basin counties, including Seneca, Huron, Erie, Wyandot, Richland, Shelby, Sandusky, Marion, Ottawa and Crawford. This brings the total number of counties eligible for the program to 24.

OACI and the Ohio Department of Agriculture will host upcoming, in-person meetings to explain H2Ohio’s expansion in the Maumee Watershed and how agriculture and conservation fit into the program’s goals and priorities. Note that some meetings may take place at county fairs and may require an admission ticket to the fair, and some meetings require RSVPs.

Upcoming meetings for producers will be held on the following dates:

  • 6 p.m., Aug. 10 – Erie County Services Center
  • 5:30 p.m., Aug. 11 – Tiffin Brewing Company
  • 7:30 a.m., Aug. 12 – Richland County Fairgrounds
  • 6 p.m., Aug. 12 – Crawford Conservation League
  • 4 p.m., Aug. 12 – Huron County Fairgrounds
  • 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 – Fort Ball Pizza Palace

Meetings for ag retailers will be smaller gatherings to discuss voluntary nutrient management plan requirements and are not intended for producer participation. The next one will be Aug. 17 in Richland County.

Please contact your county Soil and Water Conservation District office for full details on a particular meeting.

This list will be updated as new meetings are added.

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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
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.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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