Farmers in 10 additional counties in northwest Ohio are now eligible for H2Ohio funding to invest in targeted solutions to help reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent algal blooms through increased implementation of agricultural best practices. The expansion of the H2Ohio initiative, created to ensure safe and clean water for all Ohioans, now includes Crawford, Erie, Huron, Marion, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby and Wyandot counties.
Ohio Farm Bureau is a member of the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI), which is encouraging members to learn more about H2Ohio and OACI by visiting their county’s Soil and Water Conservation District office.
Enrollment in the program is happening now! Sign-ups are open until Sept. 15 for Cover Crops and Small Grains and until Oct. 15 for Voluntary Nutrient Management Plans (VNMPs). Farmers could be eligible to receive up to $45 per acre for these practices.
Interested farmers should contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District to make an appointment:
Crawford SWCD: 419-562-8280 ext.3
Erie SWCD: 419-626-5211
Huron SWCD: 419-668-4113 ext.3
Marion SWCD: 740-387-1314 ext.3
Ottawa SWCD: 419-898-1595
Richland SWCD: 419-747-8686
Sandusky SWCD: 419-334-6324
Seneca SWCD: 419-447-7073
Shelby SWCD: 937-492-6520 ext.3
Wyandot SWCD: 419-294-2311
H2Ohio is a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure and prevent lead contamination. Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million in the plan in July, and since then, H2Ohio experts have been developing strategies for long-term, cost-effective and permanent water quality solutions.
The Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative is a partnership between agriculture, conservation, environmental and research communities to recognize farmers for their dedication to advancing methods that improve water quality in Ohio and increasing the number of best management practices being implemented on farms.