Research Projects

Cover crop funding now available to all Ohio producers

“Cover crops provide producers with a flexible conservation tool to address multiple natural resource concerns including water quality, soil health and carbon sequestration.” – John Wilson, NRCS Ohio State Conservationist

Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2022 Water Quality Status Report

Work to improve water quality is a team effort for agriculture, and the report highlights the activities of multiple organizations joining forces in this common cause.

Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio.

Reducing Harmful Algal Blooms

New research shows that merely reducing phosphorus loadings in Lake Erie will not solve the HAB problem.

Western Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projection

If precipitation for the rest of the spring matches the early season forecast of near or below average rainfall, a smaller bloom, similar to 2020 (<3), is likely.

Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative Assessment Survey Report reveals conservation progress

“Our assessment survey shows us that farmers in the Lower Maumee Watershed are taking conservation practices and their stewardship of the land seriously,” said Kris Swartz, farmer and Chair, Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative.

H2Ohio producers eligible for next phase of program incentives

Producers must have an approved VNMP on file with their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to be eligible to sign up for more practices.

Conservation Tillage Conference 2022

“The two-day event is designed to provide opportunities “for farmers and crop consultants to learn about the latest technology and practices for conserving soil and improving water quality and how that can boost their financial bottom line while conserving their soils.”- Randall Reeder

Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio.

$1 Billion Investment in Great Lakes Clean-up

The Great Lakes Areas of Concern where work is expected to be completed by 2030 include four rivers in Ohio including the Ashtabula River, Black River, Cuyahoga River, and Maumee River.

Building Soil Carbon

Understanding the carbon cycle is the first step to effectively building soil organic matter.

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