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The 2024 Ohio Agriculture and Rural Communities Action Plan

Ohio Farm Bureau 2024 priority issues focus on business climate, regulatory environment, preserving Ohio’s farming heritage, healthy rural communities, and grassroots advocacy.

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Funding available to Western Lake Erie Basin farmers to improve water quality

Funding is now available from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Ohio to help Western Lake Erie Basin producers implement conservation practices on their land. Apply by Dec. 8 to be eligible for the first round of funding.

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Field Day with Jordan: Grand Lake St. Marys Improvement

After decades of decline, how did the community pull together to push Grand Lake St. Marys in the right direction?

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U.S. EPA approves TMDL for Ohio’s Western Lake Erie Basin

The plan establishes a total maximum daily load for phosphorus for the Maumee River Watershed.

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Part of the water quality solution in Mercer County

Gary Mescher and other farmers have not only learned, but implemented Nutrient Management Plan practices that now serve as models for how to manage agricultural runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

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H2Ohio meetings for northwest Ohio producers scheduled

ODA and SWCD are hosting a series of informational meetings for farmers to learn about H2Ohio incentives, the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative, best management practices and open enrollment.

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Study shows Ohio’s largest rivers improving in water quality

The comprehensive study found that water quality has improved tremendously over the years, with 86% of the state’s large rivers in good to excellent condition compared to just 18% in the 1980s.

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Ohio EPA submits Maumee Watershed TMDL for consideration

The TMDL would create a blueprint for officials to develop and implement programs and policies to improve the quality of water within the designated area.

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Forecast for 2023 Lake Erie algal bloom released

The 2023 algal bloom is expected to have a low severity index of 3, according to the final NOAA forecast.

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Ohio 2023 Water Quality Status Report released

The report highlights how the improvement of nutrient management in Grand Lake St. Marys is promising for what can be accomplished in other areas of Ohio.

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