The Hatfield Brothers including Mark, Lowell, and Ernie are located in Franklin Township. They have been farming in the Felicity area since the mid 1970s. From the beginning, they have been exploring different ways to improve their farming operations, especially from the conservation side of things. Currently, the Hatfields farm around 1000 acres, all of it no-till, and practice conservation crop rotation, but they have placed a special focus on cover crops.
Showing their imaginative and innovative side, they have modified their combine by adding seeder boxes and seed tubes, so that during harvest, the cover crop seeds are planted in between the crop rows. For the past two years, they have successfully planted cover crops on every field they farm.
They have always been willing to share information on their unique planting method at field days hosted by Soil and Water, and Ernie Hatfield was one of five farmers highlighted in our Cover Crop Farmers of Southwest Ohio booklet.
The Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District commends the Hatfield Brothers for their stewardship efforts, and for being active partners in helping to protect the land and valuable natural resources of the county.
Thanks to all our cooperators for all the conservation best management practices installed this year!
2600 The Farm Fence, pipeline, HUA, watering facility
Doug Auxier Cover crop
Roy Barger Jr. Brush management (3)
Thomas Bellar Conservation cover, herbaceous weed control
Bob Bolce Brush management (3)
Tina Bosworth Conservation Stewardship Program
Cincinnati Nature Center Conservation cover
Cornwell Family Partner Cover crop
Weiderhold Farms Nutrient management, Cover crop
Charles Ernstes Brush management(3)
Bob Fee Cover crop
James Fulton Cover crop
Carlos Hamilton Critical area planting, roof and cover (2)
Hal Herron Cover crop
Ted Hollender Nutrient management, Cover crop
Rob Hutchinson Cover crop
L & L Farm Holdings Forage planting (2)
James Liming Cover crop
Mark Liming Nutrient management, Cover crop
Michelle McClain Forage planting (2), pipeline, watering facility, HUA, access road, underground outlet, brush management
Jim Metzger Brush management (2)
Jeremy Myers Cover crop
James Napier Nutrient mgt. plan
Tony Panetta Cover crop
Louis Rose Cover crop
Tim Rose Grassed waterway (2)
Verleigh Powers Fence
Don Smith Brush management (2)
Charles Stahl Cover crop
James Stahl Cover crop
John Stahl Cover crop
Robert Stahl Cover crop
James Tolliver Brush management (2)
Dave Uible Conservation Stewardship Program
Varick Family Trust Brush management (3), forest stand improvement
Laura Weber Brush management (5)
David Werring Nutrient management
Tim Werring Nutrient management, cover crop
Tony Werring Nutrient management, cover crop
David Werring Nutrient management, cover crop
A popular program with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) where landowners can apply for federal assistance to address environmental needs is advising interested applicants to apply and be added to a waiting list. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), popular with farmers looking to install grassed waterways, filter strips, wildlife plantings, among others has reached its maximum acreage nationwide. This means those on the waiting list will be offered assistance first when signups become available. Please contact the Clermont FSA office for information or additional assistance at 513-732-2181.
Winter is bearing down, but our thoughts are on the 2018 plant sale. We have new trees, bushes, and flowers we want to share with you to assist with indigenous landscaping. These newcomers include White Oak, American Crabapple, Serviceberry, and Chokeberry. We will have perennials New England Aster, Bee Balm and Wild Geranium to add to our favorites Purple Coneflower and Lavender. And new this year we will be adding the annuals Salvia, Torenia and Zinnia to provide Summer-long color and pollinator food.
Due to the increased price and decreased availability, we will not be carrying White Pines or Norway Spruce in 2018. We will have 3 packs of the evergreen Arborvitae (White Cedar) and the deciduous evergreen Dawn Redwood available.
Our Spring Newsletter will be out at the end of February, and at that time all information regarding the plant sale will be available on our website, clermontswcd.org.
So have a wonderful holiday season and start planning your pollinator garden!
Want to showcase your art in the Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction?
Here is How:
Simple as that!
This Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley area via an entertaining yet educational medium.
Visit SaveLocalWaters.org for more information.
Cost of Living: 1943 vs. 2016
|Average cost of new house||$3,600||$ 288,000|
|Average wages per year||$2,000||$ 57,617|
|Cost of a gallon of gas||$0.15||$ 1.95|
|Average cost for house rent||$40/mo.||$ 1,021/mo.|
|Bottle of Coca Cola||$0.05||$ 1.75|
|Average price for a new car||$900||$ 34,300|
Average Crop Production, 1943
Average Crop Production 2016
Clermont SWCD and the Valley View Foundation are kicking off the 2018 Spring Litter Clean-Up (SLC) event with a T-shirt Design Contest for local K-12 students. This year’s contest, sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation, begins this December and any K-12 student attending a school located in Clermont County or within the East Fork Little Miami River watershed (including home-schooled students) is eligible to compete.
T-shirt designs should emphasize litter clean-up and prevention. Students can register for the contest through the event website: www.springlittercleanup.com. The student with the winning design will receive a $100 cash award and an additional $100 gift given to their school art department or local art program. There will also be 13 grade-level awards of $25 each. Entries are due to the SWCD office on Friday, February 2, 2018 by 4 p.m.
The 2018 Spring Litter Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at various locations across Clermont County and the East Fork watershed.
Special thanks to all of our patrons in 2017 who support us with sponsorships, door prizes, and donations!
Grant’s Farm & Greenhouse
Friends of Clermont SWCD
Pilot Todd Winemiller
Clermont SWCD’s Amazing Supervisors!
Jenna Swanson joined the Clermont County Conservation Office in October. She is a Soil Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Jenna grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she worked on her grandparents apple and peach orchard until college. Jenna received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!). After graduation, she worked for the NRCS in Southern Virginia for two years before moving to Cincinnati. She is looking forward to serving Clermont and Brown counties. Come by the office and help her get acquainted to the area!
Jenna Swanson, Soil Conservationist, NRCS-Clermont County
In the election held on September 14th, Dave Anspach (left) retained his seat on the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors, where he will begin serving his sixth term. Dave lives on the family farm in Owensville and is a past administrator for the district.
Steve Phillips (right) has also retained his seat by being elected to his fourth term as board supervisor. Steve was the District’s Cooperator of the Year in 2008 and a lifelong resident of Clermont County.
Their terms will begin January 1, 2018 and run through 2021.
Congratulations to both gentlemen and thank you for serving your conservation district and county!