New App Available!

Smartphone Technology is now helping the water quality effort! A free mobile app is now available to help farmers comply with Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 150. The Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (ONMRK) features drop-down menus that make it easy for farmers to record their fertilizer or manure application as well as the current weather conditions and forecast

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Local Work Group Meetings Begin

Ohio’s 88 county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in partnership with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announce Local Work Group (LWG) meetings have started! LWGs are pulled together to gather input from constituents and conservation leaders throughout each county to determine natural resources issues and priorities. One of the key highlights of these meetings is the ability to

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Farm Science Review


The Ohio State University’s Annual Farm Science Review will be conducted at the 2,100-acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center, located two miles north of London on U.S. Route 40.  The review will take place Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, September 24th.  Hours of the show are Tuesday and Wednesday 8am to 5pm and Thursday 8am to 4pm. During the review, the

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Bee a Friend to Pollinators!


  The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is highlighting the importance of pollinators in our environment at the Farm Science Review.  Did you know that some sceintist believe one of every three bites of food we consume are possible because of hard working pollinators? There are simple ways we can encourage pollinators such as bees, butterflies, bats,

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Richland Recycles Day


On Friday, May 15, the Richland SWCD joined with several education partners to host more than 200 students at the Richland Recycles Day educational festival at the State Fairgrounds. At the Richland SWCD exhibit, titled “Litter Trashes Wildlife,” students learned about the impacts of marine debris.   Photo by Laura Renwick.

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NRCS Earth Team


The Earth Team is NRCS’ volunteer workforce that is making a difference in every county in the nation. NRCS works with private landowners to improve soil quality, conserve water, improve air quality and enhance wildlife habitat. Earth Team volunteers work side-by-side with conservation professionals and are an integral part of the conservation partnership. Earth Team offers many opportunities for people

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The Sport of Soils

Did you know that time outdoors is linked to positive effects on physical health? A strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, has been found to trigger the release of serotonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Protecting the places where we recreate is important to our health and our livelihood. Soils are the foundation for our national

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