Northwest Ohio farmland

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

About H2Ohio

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.

About OACI

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.

OACI partners

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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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

Advocacy
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