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Refresher on Ohio nutrient application rules and cost-sharing programs coming up


October 30, 2019
By Manure Manager

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On Nov. 19, 2019 the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District (SWD) will host a lunch and learn event about the rules and regulations regarding nutrient application in Ohio, as well as inform attendees on what cost sharing programs and resources are available.

The event will provide free lunch and be hosted at 11:00 a.m. at the Black Swamp Nature Centre in Paulding, OH.

Patrick Troyer, with Paulding SWD, shares what the day will bring. “The focus of the third instalment of the lunch and learn series will be on being in the know when it comes to the rules and regulations regarding application of commercial fertilizer or livestock manure,” he writes in an update.

Jason Tyrell, agriculture pollution abatement manager with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is one of the event speakers. Tyrell will speak to updates on the rules regarding the Agriculture Pollution Abatement Program (APAP), how applicators can apply nutrients in accordance with the rules, what resources are available, and will be on hand to answer any questions after.

Following the APAP session, Paulding SWCD staff will provide updates to attendees regarding current cost share programs that are available to producers that aim to improve water quality in Paulding County. A catered BBQ lunch will then be served for all attendees free of charge. To ensure a proper count for lunch, registration is available online on at www.pauldingswcd.org or by calling the office at 419-399-4771 by Friday, Nov. 15, at 4:00 p.m.

After the learning session, at 1:30 p.m, there will be a landowner meeting for anyone living near Sixmile Creek, Flatrock Creek, Wildcat Creek, and Little Flatrock Creek, OH, to gather input for desired water quality projects. Troyer says, “The goal of this meeting will be to inform you of current planning efforts to address non-point source pollution (sediments, nutrients, and associated runoff), and to solicit your input as to areas in these watersheds that are in need of projects to reduce non-point source pollutants and improve water quality.

“Your local knowledge will be instrumental in helping us develop a watershed plan, which, once approved, will make specific non-point source reduction projects in this area eligible for state and federal funding. If you live or farm in this watershed, please consider attending this meeting!”

Applicators, producers or interested members in the Ohio region are invited to attend the lunch and learn meeting on regulations, followed by the watershed landowner meeting, coming up on Nov. 19, 2019.