December 6, 2017

Hatfield Brothers Are Honored as District Cooperators of the Year

From left – Mark Hatfield, Ernie Hatfield, Lowell Hatfield, John McManus, Administrator, Todd Winemiller, Board Member

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.

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December 6, 2017

Thanks to all our 2017 Cooperators!

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

December 6, 2017

CRP Signup Changes

Grassed Waterway

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.

 

 

December 6, 2017

Conservation Plant Sale to be Held April 28, 2018

Dawn Redwood

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!

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December 6, 2017

Calling All Artists!

 

 

Want to showcase your art in the Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction?

Here is How:

  1. Visit SaveLocalWaters.org website to sign up and submit your idea for approval by January 22.
  2. If your design is selected, attend the artist workshop on February 10 at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  3. Pick up your rain barrel at end of the workshop
  4. Return your painted rain barrel March 29-31 and visit it at the Cincinnati Zoo through April.

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.

 

December 6, 2017

Clermont SWCD’s 75th Anniversary: A Look Back to 1943

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

Commodity Yield Bu./Ac. $/Bu.
Corn 32.6 $1.08
Soybeans 18.3 $1.81
Wheat 16.4 $1.35

Average Crop Production 2016

Commodity Yield Bu./Ac. $/Bu.
Corn 174.6 $3.40
Soybeans 52.1 $9.50
Wheat 52.6 $3.85
December 6, 2017

Spring Litter Clean-Up kicks off with T-shirt Design Contest

Jenna Bellonby from Milford High School (4th from the right) was the 2017 Spring Litter Clean-Up T-shirt design winner

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.

December 6, 2017

A Special Thanks to our 2017 Annual Meeting Sponsors

December 6, 2017

SWCD Welcomes New NRCS Employee

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

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December 6, 2017

Anspach, Phillips Re-elected to Board of Supervisors

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!