• State Officials Updated on Research Projects to Prevent Algal Blooms

    In order to fight the problem of harmful algal blooms (HAB) on Lake Erie, there will need to be continuous research and new remedies created, state officials said. State officials including Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor John Carey, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels and Ohio EPA Director […]

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  • Nutrients For Life Foundation Celebrates 10 Years Teaching Fertilizer Education

    Source: CropLife Those in agriculture know fertilizer is a vital ingredient to grow strong, productive crops. In fact, fertilizer is responsible for 50% of the world’s food production. However, growers, crop nutrient suppliers and fertilizer manufacturers risk their social license to operate if the public doesn’t understand the benefits of fertilizer and its role in […]

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  • Events in Western Lake Erie Basin this Week

    The following events are being offered in the Western Lake Erie Basin this week: Van Wert County: Wednesday, March 29. Cover Crop/4R/Soil Health Meeting. 8 am to 12 pm.  Speakers are:  Dan Towery, Soil Health Partnership, Joe Nester, Nester Ag. and a local ag panel. RSVP required. Go to http://vanwertswcd.org/6136.html, 419 238-9591 ext. 4253, for […]

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  • New Guidance to Maximize Every Drop of Fertilizer in Ohio and Beyond

    By: Karen Chapman Source: Environmental Defense Fund Applying the right amount of fertilizer to a grower’s field is tricky: too little fertilizer means lost yields; too much fertilizer means wasted costs and potential runoff that causes air and water pollution. Meanwhile, farmers cannot control the weather, which can wreak havoc on the best-laid plans. One […]

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  • 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program Is a Model for Voluntary Nutrient Management and Conservation Efforts

    New Journal Article Cites Broad Collaboration and Solution-Centric Strategy for Success The country’s first 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has been so well received in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) that it’s become a model for other regions where farmers are increasingly challenged to balance rising input costs, increasing demand for higher yields, and […]

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  • Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training to End Soon

    Source: Ohio’s Country Journal By Harold Watters, OSU Extension Field Agronomist We are still getting a lot of questions about Fertilizer Certification from farmers. Yes, this new regulation applies to you. You, being almost every farmer in Ohio. You have until Sept. 30, 2017 to become certified to apply fertilizer. And you all tell me […]

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  • Mid-Wood, Inc. Tontogany Facility Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

    The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that the Mid-Wood, Inc. Tontogany facility has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status. The voluntary certification program, now in its third year, is a concentrated effort by the agriculture industry to significantly reduce and prevent applied nutrients from running off […]

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  • Central Ohio Farmers Co-op Monnett Facility Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

    The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that the Central Ohio Farmers Co-op Monnett facility has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status. The voluntary certification program, now in its third year, is a concentrated effort by the agriculture industry to significantly reduce and prevent applied nutrients from […]

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  • Ohio Leaders Call for Action on Water Quality

    Researchers take water samples

    By Andrew Flinn – Brownfield Ag News Two Ohio leaders tell Brownfield it’s time to act on reducing phosphorous runoff 40-percent by 2025, the plan agreed to last year. Craig Butler, Director of the Ohio EPA says investments in research and nutrient management practices have been made and now agriculture has to demonstrate how those […]

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  • “4Rs for a Growing Ohio” Event Offers Insight to Certification Program Statewide Launch

    Farmers and retailers attend 4R statewide launch

    The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program announced the expansion of its voluntary program statewide in Ohio at the “4Rs for a Growing Ohio” launch event Dec. 9 in Radnor, Ohio. Effective Jan. 1, all Ohio-based agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers will be able to participate in efforts to improve the quality of Ohio’s waterways. […]

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