NRCS will invest $4 million to help Ohio farmers who were unable to plant crops, or experienced crop loss due to flooded or wet fields. This sign-up is an opportunity for farmers to plant a cover crop.
COLUMBUS, June 28, 2019 – Extreme weather conditions like the recent excessive rains and tornadoes have negatively impacted Ohio farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $4 million to help Ohio agricultural producers recover. Technical and financial assistance is now available to producers who were unable to plant their crops, or who have experienced crop loss due to flooded or wet fields. This sign-up is an opportunity for farmers to plant a cover crop.
“NRCS can be a valuable partner to help Ohio landowners with their agricultural recovery effort,” said State Conservationist Terry Cosby for NRCS in Ohio. “This special sign-up encourages farmers to plant cover crops to improve water quality and soil health, prevent soil erosion, and suppress weeds on areas not planted to crops.”
NRCS will utilize the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for this special disaster recovery sign-up. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production.
Cover crops provide an alternative to fields going fallow and remaining uncovered. Cover crops also improve soil vitality by adding nutrients and organic matter. Many fields that are saturated for a long period of time face a loss of soil organisms. Cover crop roots reestablish soil health and create pathways for air and water to move through the soil, which is key to restoring it.
There are significant changes with cover crops and we want producers to be successful in their 2020 planting year. Educational cover crop workshops and field days are readily available throughout Ohio to learn more. Additional information is also available on the NRCS website and farmers.gov/prevented-planting.
Landowners should coordinate with other USDA farm agencies when participating in related programs. It is a producer’s responsibility to work directly with their insurance agent and RMA to ensure they understand their policy.
To apply for this special EQIP opportunity, farmers in Clermont County should contact either Lori Lenhart, NRCS District Conservationist, or Jenna Swanson, NRCS Soil Scientist at (513) 732-2181 ext. 3. Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2019 until funding is exhausted.
The use of rain barrels lowers municipal water demands and saves energy at water treatment facilities by reducing water pollution and storm water runoff.
The cost to purchase a rain barrel is $80.00 each. Limited quantities are availavle, so please email or call our office at (513) 732-7075 ext. 2.
The Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District and Valley View Foundation are pleased to report that the 2019 Spring Litter Clean-Up was another great success! The event took place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at sites across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed. The event drew 450 volunteers to clean up 11 sites, including 10 miles of riverbank and lake shoreline! Volunteers collectively cleared approximately 3.2 tons of trash and contributed over 1,133 hours of community service.
We truly appreciate the support from our event sponsors: the Clermont County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors, the Duke Energy Foundation and the Buckeye United Fly Fishers!
Thank you also to our partnering agencies and organizations, including the Clermont Office of Environmental Quality, Clermont County Park District, Clermont Office of Public Information, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Natural Resources—Divisions of Parks and Watercraft, Highland SWCD, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Friends of Stonelick State Park.
Clermont SWCD is seeking candidates for its Board of Supervisors. Two supervisors will be elected at the 2019 Annual Meeting which will be held on September 12.
Board Supervisors guide the district, its staff, and cooperating agencies in efforts to implement conservation programs in the county that address management and conservation of soil, water and related resources. Board members should have a sincere interest in conservation and must have the enthusiasm, dedication and the time to serve as an elected official. This is a volunteer position, but supervisors can be reimbursed for mileage & expenses (registration, lodging, meals, etc.) related to events involving soil & water professionals.
What a potential supervisor needs to know:
* Candidate must be over 18 years old and a resident of Clermont County.
* This is a volunteer position and runs in 3 year terms.
* Board meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM and normally run 1 ½ to 2 hours.
* Attendance at occasional outside meetings, events or training is required.
If you are interested in becoming a Board Supervisor for Clermont SWCD, please contact John McManus, District Administrator by email or at (513) 732-7075 Ext: 103.
Clermont SWCD, along with the Clermont Office of Environmental Quality and the US EPA Office of Research and Development were awarded the top government storm water project of the year at the 2019 Ohio Storm Water Conference in Sharonville, OH. Our project was funded by a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant and was installed in 2015. This project was funded to research innovative solutions by developing new strategies to support conservation efforts. The project involved the installation of an urban storm water detention basin into an agricultural setting. This project is currently being researched to determine effectiveness of agricultural nutrient removal.
The need to address agricultural runoff is important because of the water quality degradation and algal blooms that are occurring around the world. Nutrients leaving agricultural fields are a contributing factor to water quality problems. The soils that we have in our county are very unique to Ohio and an “outside the box” approach was needed because current management practices do not always apply in our area.
The partnership to make this project successful includes many county, state and federal agencies, landowners, and the private industry. This project speaks to the great success of everyone working together for a viable solution.
With spring cleaning just around the corner, many residents will encounter leftover paint, chemicals, solvents, and automotive fluids that they may not know how to dispose of. These items should never be dumped down the storm drain or in the street because they go directly to our streams, rivers, lakes, and water supplies. There are safer ways to dispose of hazardous household chemicals and automotive fluids that do not threaten our water quality or public health.
In an effort to prevent household hazardous waste contamination, Clermont County and the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District have worked hard to make the disposal of household hazardous waste more convenient for county residents. Disposing of old motor oil, brake or transmission fluid, and antifreeze can be tough. The good news is that residents can bring these used fluids, at no cost, to the Fleet Management garage, located on Filager Road just off SR 222 north of Batavia. These items are accepted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Other hazardous household chemicals such as paints, thinners, and solvents can also be disposed of properly. Unused latex paint can be left open in the container until dry, then disposed of in general waste. There are also local outlets for other materials, such as tires, car batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries, propane tanks and more. You can search for disposal or recycling locations at http://oeq.net/recycling/.
If no local outlets are available, the Solid Waste District will issue Clermont residents a voucher, which allows them to take the material to Environmental Enterprises on Spring Grove Avenue in Cincinnati and the District will pay the disposal fee. To obtain a voucher, or for more information on Solid Waste District programs, call (513) 732-7894 x3.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (513) 218-1098.