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

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.

October 12, 2018

Shaw Farms Named Bicentennial Family Farm

On October 11, David Daniels, the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, visited Clermont County to recognize Shaw Farms in Miami Township as an “Ohio Bicentennial Family Farm.”

Jean Shaw receives proclamation from ODA Director Daniels

On October 11, David Daniels, the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, visited Clermont County to recognize Shaw Farms in Miami Township as an “Ohio Bicentennial Family Farm.” This extraordinary designation identifies Shaw Farms as being owned and operated by the same family for over 200 years.

Founder Thomas Shaw moved to Clermont County from Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1807 when he purchased 68 acres in Miami Township. The following year, Shaw purchased an additional 63 acres from none other than General William Lytle, who some recognize as the “Father of Clermont County.” Thomas’ son, James Shaw, purchased the current property in 1834. His son, William, helped run the farm until he was captured during the Civil War and died at the notorious Andersonville prison camp.

Today, Shaw Farms is run by members of the family who are six to eight generations removed from the founder, and is led by matriarch Jean Shaw, who at age 87 still works full days at the farm. The future of the farm is in good hands, with ninth and tenth generation children living and playing on the farm. Shaw Farms is perhaps best well known for the produce they sell and their annual Fall Festival, which includes a corn maze, an interactive playground, hayrides and more. This year’s festival runs from September 15 through October.

In addition to Director Daniels, certificates of achievement were present to Shaw Farms by Senator Joe Uecker on behalf of the Ohio Senate, Representatives John Becker and Doug Green on behalf of the Ohio House of representatives, and Commissioner David Painter on behalf of the Clermont County Board of Commissioners.

Shaw Farms, located at 1737 SR 131, Milford, is holding its annual Fall Festival through October. The features a huge corn maze with a kid-friendly treasure hunt, two interactive playgrounds, horse and tractor drawn hayrides, pumpkins and fresh produce. Hours are from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. For more information on Shaw Farms, visit their web site at www.shawfarms.com.

June 4, 2018

Clermont SWCD Awarded Grant Funding

Clermont SWCD is proud to report that we are the recipient of a watershed management grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The grant will provide nearly $40,000 in the coming year to help with projects in the East Fork Little Miami River watershed, and may be renewed for two more years.

The district will consider various projects to address water quality of urban storm water runoff and hazardous alga blooms (HAB’s) that have affected Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park the last few years. A portion of the funding will be dedicated to Brown, Clinton and Highland SWCDs for activities in their portions of the watershed. Check our web site or follow us on Facebook to follow our progress.

June 4, 2018

Call for SWCD Supervisor Candidates

Clermont SWCD is seeking candidates for its Board of Supervisors.  Two supervisors will be elected at the Annual Meeting which will be held on September 13.

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 trainings is required

If you are interested in becoming a Board Supervisor for Clermont SWCD, please email or call John McManus, District Administrator at (513) 732-7075 Ext: 103.

March 2, 2018

75 Years of Pond Construction and Management

As many of you know, ponds are not natural in Clermont County. All the ponds that you see have been constructed throughout the years for many different purposes. Today there are over 5,000 ponds that dot our landscape. Why are there so many and how has SWCD helped residents plan, install and maintain these features?

In 1943, when Clermont SWCD began helping landowners with soil problems, ponds were installed to remove livestock from creeks and provide a source of water during drought. Beginning in the 1940’s ponds were designed and constructed throughout the county by Soil Conservation Service (now NRCS) and SWCD for this purpose; 207 were installed by 1954. Hundreds were constructed throughout the 1950’s to 1980 with over 500 more constructed.

Cheaper means of getting livestock water, such as public waterlines that were crisscrossing the county caused a shift in funding away from ponds. The district now designs livestock watering facilities from some of these ponds, but most water comes from public water systems.

Fishing lakes also became popular during this time with 19 reported lakes in 1970 including the colorful named Bob and John’s Ding-a-ling Lake. Eventually larger lakes were installed in the county for flood control and other purposes including Stonelick Lake in 1950 and Harsha Lake (East Fork Lake) in 1978.

Many of these ponds are still on the landscape today, with many landowners still seeking assistance from SWCD for continuing maintenance. In 1958, SWCD began partnering with other organizations and professional pond care specialists to educate pond owners at pond management clinics. These clinics were held every two years or so into the 1980’s. In 1992 after a few years absence, SWCD began their annual pond clinic that is still popular today.

The purpose of a pond today has changed from when we started constructing them for drought purposes, but ponds are still desired for other reasons and each year more are constructed. Most ponds constructed today are for recreational or storm water control. If you own or maintain a pond built through the drought program, most likely it may not meet the needs of today. Most of these ponds have outlived their life expectancy and will need to be rehabbed as per the pond owner’s desires.

To find out more, join us at our next Pond Clinic on April 10th. Learn how to combat nature that is always affecting a pond and learn new techniques and stocking recommendations to maximize your pond potential.

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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