Farmers for Water Close Join Our Efforts >> Clean water is our state’s most important natural resource and Ohio’s farmers care deeply about protecting it. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Water Quality Action Plan is a series of proactive steps to improve and protect water quality. READ MORE Doing Our Part Download our status report to see how we're working to protect Ohio water: Halkidiki je poluostrvo na severu Egejskog mora. Na samo 680 km od na?e prestonice predstavlja idealnu lokaciju za letovanje a ako tome dodamo izbor destinacije na prvom manjem poluostrvu - See more at: http://www.puzzlegroup.org/index.cfm/putovanja/letovanje/go/grcka-kalitea-halkidiki/#sthash.uc88QIb9.dpuf Action StepsAAA Accepting Responsibilty, Acting Responsibly Ohio farmers are natural stewards of soil and water. We know we play a significant role in protecting Ohio’s water resources for Ohio’s families, schools, businesses and communities. Because we take this responsibility seriously, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Water Quality Action Plan helps farmers proactively step-up their historic efforts to improve and protect water quality for the good of all. In the news Management - Nutrient Application Farm Bureau and other partners are funding a project that is establishing a team of nutrient management experts that will help farmers in the WLEB development nutrient management plans. Ohio’s farmers will continue their commitment to serve on the front lines of maintaining safe and healthy water for our state. The effort is ongoing. In fact, no other state in the nation is doing as much as Ohio is doing. Along with Farm Bureau, many other Ohio farm organizations, agribusiness professionals and others from the farm community are working to meet your expectations. Protecting water, growing Ohio The current challenges, such as algae blooms, will not be solved overnight. And we must avoid unintentionally harming our productive farmers while addressing water issues. But farmers are pledged to work with experts using advanced methods and technologies and tapping resources from local, state and national organizations to produce good and abundant food while maintaining safe water for all Ohioans. Legislation - S.B. 1 and S.B. 150 Senate Bill 1 restricts the application of manure and fertilizer on frozen, snow covered or saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). Senate Bill 150 is first-of-its-kind-in-the nation legislation that creates a fertilizer applicator certification program. Thousands of farmers in the WLEB are part of the 6,237 farmers statewide who have completed fertilizer applicator certification classes. Join Our Efforts >> Innovation - Demonstration Farms Demonstration farms will display established conservation practices and innovative technologies that can achieve sustainable, environmentally responsible food production. Research - Edge-of-Field Testing Research from OSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will measure phosphorus levels from WLEB farms that will help identify water quality and conservation practices. Overview Long-Term Solutions Collaboration - Healthy Water Ohio Through the input from hundreds of stakeholders across the state, Ohio Farm Bureau, conservation groups, business and industry, universities, water suppliers, agriculture and others are moving forward with this 20- to 30-year comprehensive sustainable water resources management plan. Farmer Don Ralph (left) uses conservation practices on his farm to protect his way of life on the land and on the water. Farmer Terry McClure (right) installed edge-of-field testing equipment on his farm to help researchers understand how to better limit runoff. Expertise - Assisting Farmers Ohio Farm Bureau is investing member dollars into hiring additional staff, including water quality and research experts, to expand outreach. "Ohio’s farmers are focused on two important goals - growing affordable food for everyone’s families and protecting the water of Ohio and Lake Erie." - Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Stewardship - Conservation Practices Hundreds of thousands of acres across Ohio have been voluntarily enrolled in conservation programs. Outreach - Local Programs Financial and technical support will enable county-level water quality programs. View the full water quality status report Public Policy - Support For Funding Farm Bureau will work to ensure that state funding will continue to support water quality initiatives. Farm Bureau supported a multi-state program to secure a Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant worth more than $12 million that will help farmers implement conservation practices. READ MORE [View the story "#OHWATER - Nutrient management and water quality" on Storify] ?2017 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Inc. All rights Reserved. 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