Ben Brown, Peggy Kirk Hall, David Marrison, Dianne Shoemaker, and Barry Ward
The Ohio State University
Since the enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020, and the announcement of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on April 17, 2020, producers in Ohio and across the country have been anxiously awaiting additional details on how the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will provide financial assistance for losses experienced as a result of lost demand, short-term oversupply and shipping pattern disruptions caused by COVID-19.
The additional details on CFAP eligibility, payment limitations, payment rates, and enrollment timeline arrived on May 19, 2020, when the USDA issued its Final Rule for CFAP. In this article, we explain the Final Rule in this issue of News from the Farm Office. Continue reading
Paulding SWCD was awarded a grant with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to lead a watershed program with efforts focused on improving water quality with a focus on soil health, wetlands, controlled drainage, waterways/filter strips just to name a few. The goal of this watershed program is to adopt the best management practices listed and pursue funding to implement the BMPs.
There are a number of grant opportunities available right now to us right now through various sources. Paulding SWCD looking for your input on a list of projects/practices that you would like to do on your land which we could seek funding for. Our efforts are focused in the following watersheds that drain to the Auglaize River: Blue Creek, Middle Creek, Prairie Creek, Flatrock Creek, Little Flatrock Creek, and Wildcat Creek. See the map in the picture
We are looking for the following projects to pursue grant funding for:
- Blind Inlets
- Livestock manure storage
- Wetland Restoration/Enhancement
- Grassed Waterways
Information on each of these practices can be found at https://agbmps.osu.edu/bmp.
If you wish to implement one of the following practices, want to discuss in detail, need info on any of the practices please reach out to me via email at email@example.com or by phone 419-670-4499 by June 1, 2020.
By: Ben Brown & David Marrison, The Ohio State University
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Historically, Midwest producers have seen the acronym WHIP and associated it with the baseball statistic (Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched), a statistic used to cross evaluate pitchers. However, Midwest producers might find it beneficial to participate in a federal aid program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the same acronym, Wildfires, and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+).
Ohio producers have rarely qualified for WHIP+ because the weather eligibility requirements could not be met. However, when President Trump signed the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act in June 2019 it provided more than $3 billion to the USDA for WHIP+ to help US producers who were affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. WHIP+ builds on its predecessor program the 2017 Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) that was authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Continue reading
Taken from Ohio Department of Agriculture and Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District
The deadline for farmers to submit applications for the H2Ohio program is moving back to the original date of March 31, 2020.
Governor DeWine strongly believes in the H2Ohio water quality initiative and farmers have shown overwhelming interest to implement the program’s best practices. Our state and nation are facing an unprecedented economic crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to preserve resources for H2Ohio, ODA is suspending the acceptance of new applications after March 31 but will continue to process all current applications.
ODA recently extended the deadline to accommodate workflow changes due to COVID-19 and ensure all applications could be processed electronically or via telecommunications. The work transition has gone smoothly and all remaining applications will be handled similarly within the original timeline.
Further information regarding the H2Ohio program will be forthcoming. Updates will be posted to this website and distributed through the Soil and Water Conservation Districts. For a complete list of SWCD offices, go to http://h2.ohio.gov/agriculture/.
Additionally, information from the Paulding SWCD
Phone number to office 419-399-4771. Link to the website for H2Ohio information http://www.pauldingswcd.org/technical-programs/h2ohio/
$30 Million Available for Farmers Through Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio Plan
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda announced today that $30 million in H2Ohio funding will be available for Ohio farmers in more than a dozen counties beginning next month. The funds will be awarded as part of Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan to reduce agricultural phosphorus runoff and prevent algal blooms in Lake Erie.
“Since announcing the details of my H2Ohio plan in November, we’ve had a great deal of interest from farmers in the Maumee River Watershed who want to do their part to improve the health of Lake Erie,” said Governor DeWine. “H2Ohio will provide farm-by-farm support to help farmers minimize phosphorus runoff while increasing profit over the long-run.”
Farmers living in the following 14 northwest Ohio counties will be eligible to apply for funds at their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts starting on February 1, 2020: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams, and Wood.
H2Ohio will fund investments in 10scientifically proven interventions to reduce nutrient runoff from agriculture, which is the primary cause for algal blooms in Lake Erie and elsewhere. Algal blooms can threaten drinking water and impact the health of both people and animals. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM ODA
Micaela Wright, (614) 752-9817, firstname.lastname@example.org
FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR FARMERS THROUGH LAKE ERIE CONSERVATION RESERVE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
Farmers have until August 23, 2019 to apply
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (June 4, 2019) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Division of Soil and Water Conservation is making farmers aware of funding available to farmers through the Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).
From Daniel Foust and Patrick Troyer, Paulding SWCD
The Ohio Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District is providing funding for new assistance programs for farmers to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. The Ohio Working Lands program will encourage producers to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible crop land. The program will promote conversion, establishment and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres. Continue reading