December 6, 2018

Hollaender Honored as SWCD Cooperator of the Year

Ted Hollaender (left) receiving recognition from Clermont County Commissioner David Painter

Ted Hollaender was honored as Clermont SWCD’s Cooperator of the Year at its 75th anniversary annual meeting on September 13. Ted farms about 700 acres of corn and soybeans in northern Clermont County, and is constantly exploring different ways to improve his operations, especially for conservation. He has participated in the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program to make improvements on his land using management practices such as no till, nutrient management, conservation crop rotation, cover crops, and he has plans for pollinator plantings. Ted is also enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program, which serves to reward producers for being good stewards of the land, while making further improvements.

When applying fertilizer, he follows the 4-R strategy (Right source, Right rate, Right time, and Right place) of nutrient management, and includes the use of variable rate applications recommended in the Tri-State Fertility Guide.

Ted has also been willing to help the District with different projects, including researching the benefits of using the Haney soil test, and allowing us to collect soil samples to help better calibrate the East Fork Soil and Water Assessment Tool model.

Ted plants about 450 acres of cover crops each year – about 2/3 of his fields. He has experimented with several different types of cover crop mixes to build soil health and increase infiltration at a faster pace than would occur with a single species.

December 6, 2018

Clermont SWCD Thanks Our 2018 Cooperators

Thanks to all our Cooperators for all the Conservation Best Management Practices installed in 2018

Roy Barger Jr                          Brush management (2)

Robert Bolce                            Brush management (2)

Boy Scouts of America          Brush management (3)

Chatham Farms                      Prescribed grazing

Cincinnati Nature Center     Conservation cover

Cornwell Farms                      Grassed Waterway

Emily Clark                              Pipeline (2), HUA, watering facility (2)

E Wiederhold Farms LLC     Cover crop, nutrient management

William Eckert                        Grassed Waterway

Charles Ernstes                       Tree/shrub establishment, brush management (2)

Robert Fee                               Nutrient management

Lousie Gartner                        Cover crop, IPM, high tunnel (2), nutrient management

Ted Hollender                         Nutrient management, cover crop, no-till

Mark Jones                              Weed control, conservation cover

League for Animal Welfare   Brush management

Lee J Farms                            Cover crop

Lori Lenhart                            High tunnel, Subsurface drain, roof runoff structure, underground outlet

James Liming                         Cover crop, nutrient management

Mark Liming                           Cover crop, nutrient management

James Metzger                       Brush management (3)

Jeremy Mount                        Brush management (5), Tree establishment, forest stand improvement

Jeremy Myers                         Nutrient management, cover crop, tillage management

Anthony Panetta                    Nutrient management

David & Joseph Pelosi          Grassed waterway

Tyler Peron                              Critical area planting, roof and cover, HUA

Martha Rose                            Nutrient management

Richard Rosselot                    Cover crop, nutrient management

Donald Smith                          Brush management (2)

Charles Stahl                           Cover crop

James Stahl                             Nutrient management

John Stahl                               Cover crop

Jason Tolliver                         Forest stand improvement, brush management, tree/ shrub site prep

Varick Family Trust               Brush management (4)

Laura Weber                           Tree/shrub establishment, brush management (2), weed control

Daniel Weber                          Tree/shrub establishment, tree/shrub site prep.

David Werring                        Nutrient management, cover crop

Tim Werring                            Nutrient management

Tony Werring                          Nutrient management

Wolfer Farms                          Cover crop

December 6, 2018

Ohio River Sweep Coordinator Needed

We need help keeping the Ohio River clean! Clermont County is seeking a coordinator for the Ohio River Sweep held each year on the 3rd Saturday in June. The Sweep Coordinator would be responsible for promoting the event, registration and delivering cleanup supplies from ORSANCO to the site coordinators in New Richmond, Moscow, Neville and Chilo.  The coordinator usually dedicates about 40 hours total to organize the event. This is a paid position through Valley View Foundation, which will provide support to the coordinator. If you are interested, contact Vanessa Hannah at vhannah@valleyviewcampus.org, or at (513) 218-1098.

December 6, 2018

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors and Partners!

Clermont SWCD would like to express our appreciation of the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their support through donations to the 75th Anniversary Celebration and other district events:

GOLD SPONSORS: Park National BankFarm Credit Mid-America

SILVER SPONSORS: Five Points, Lykins Energy SolutionsS&ME, Inc.Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber

BRONZE SPONSORS: US FabricsAuxier GasIBI Group, Inc.McGill Smith PunshonAbercrombie & AssociatesClermont County Farm BureauStrand Associates, Inc.Bethel Feed & SupplyDuke Energy

Special Thanks to: Shaw FarmsJD EquipmentClermont YMCACarneys Feed MillPilot Todd WinemillerOld Firehouse BreweryGrant’s  Farm & GreenhouseBuckeye United Fly FishersClermont County Visitor’s BureauJones Fish & Lake ManagementSouthern Ohio Association of Realtors and Clermont SWCD’s Amazing Supervisors!

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December 6, 2018

Farm Owners Can Learn About Land Preservation on Dec. 10

On December 10, farmland owners in Brown and Clermont Counties have the opportunity to learn how they can preserve their land for agricultural use through the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. The informational meeting, hosted by Cardinal Land Conservancy, will be held at Perry Township Community Center, 3854 US Route 50 in Fayetteville, beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program provides funding to assist landowners and communities in preserving Ohio’s farmland. The program purchases agricultural easements from landowners who volunteer to keep their land in agricultural production in perpetuity. Agricultural easements are voluntary legal agreements that restrict non-agricultural development on farmland, with the land itself remaining on the tax rolls and under private ownership and management. Landowners may undertake any agricultural activity permitted under Ohio law, and can sell their farm or pass it along as a gift to others. However, the easement remains with the deed to the land, prohibiting any future non-agricultural development. This is to make certain that the land remains used for agricultural purposes only.

Cardinal Land Conservancy has been designated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture as a Certified Local Sponsor for Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Highland counties, and will submit applications to the Ohio Department of Agriculture on behalf of farmland owners. At the December 10 meeting, Cardinal staff will give an overview of the easement purchase program. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the program with presenters, who will provide information and direction to landowners.

For more information about the program, visit Cardinal Land Conservancy’s website, or contact Andy Dickerson, Executive Director, at (513) 752-2828 or andy@cardinallandconservancy.org.

December 6, 2018

Glassmeyer, Winemiller Re-elected to Board of Supervisors

Joe GlassmeyerIn the election held on September 13th, Joe Glassmeyer (right) retained his seat on the Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors, where he will begin serving his twelfth term. Joe operates a farm in Felicity and has held various positions at the district and state level.

Todd WinemillerTodd Winemiller (left) has also retained his seat by being elected to his third term as board supervisor. Todd currently farms approximately 3500 acres and resides in Wayne Township.

Their terms will begin January 1, 2019 and run through 2021.

Congratulations to both gentlemen and thank you for serving your conservation district!

December 6, 2018

A Diamond of a Celebration for our 75th Anniversary

Over 200 friends of conservation turned out at Shaw Farms on September 13th for the 75th Annual Meeting of the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District. Prior to the official meeting, the district hosted an open house, where visitors could view photos and documents from years past, check out our new “augmented reality” sandbox, see antique tractors and take part in different Shaw Farm activities. Attendees also had a chance to visit with the Park District naturalist or the Newport Aquarium, which brought a sturgeon in a mobile fish tank funded by the Regional Storm Water Collaborative. The meeting got underway with the election of two board supervisors and a tasty meal by Taste of the Good Life Catering.

Several conservation partners were recognized for their 2017-2018 achievements in the conservation field. Ted Hollaender of Wayne Township was honored as the District’s Conservation Cooperator of the Year. Christa Burbage, 3rd grade teacher at Seipelt Elementary in Milford, was awarded the District’s Outstanding Conservation Teacher of the Year award.

Christa Burbage receives recognition from County Commissioner David Painter (right) and Rep. John Becker (center).

Christa has taught in the Milford School District for 14 years, and has been committed to bringing agriculture into the classroom. She grew up surrounded by agriculture, with her family raising cattle as well as market hogs which were sold to 4-H’ers in Clermont County. For the past 14 years, Christa has organized an “Ag” day at Seipelt, where FFA members bring livestock for her students to see, touch and learn about first hand, and teach students about crop production, cuts of meat and how farming has changed over time.

Christa is passionate about providing her students with as many “real world” opportunities as possible. She coordinates with the Cincinnati Area Coral Reef Enthusiasts so her students can learn about ecosystems in a hands on manner. In her classroom, she plans a week of science stations for each unit so that the students get an opportunity to work together on experiments and group projects. She and her students have also built a butterfly garden to provide habitat for monarchs.

The Clermont County Commissioners and the Ohio Congress and Governor’s office presented the award recipients with proclamations recognizing their accomplishments and dedication to promoting good land stewardship.

The district would like to extend a special thank-you to all individuals and businesses who donated funds or door prizes to help make the 2018 conservation banquet a great success.