Application Deadline for OSU Extension Water Quality Associate is April 30

Who We Are
As Water Quality Associates, we have the unique opportunity to work with farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to implement different management strategies to decrease nutrient loads leaving their fields. Our focus is to facilitate relationships between farmers, the University, external stakeholders, and partners to reach water quality goals. Continue reading

Pond Clinic Scheduled for April 19

Need help managing your pond? Would you like to improve it, but don’t know how? Then plan to attend a Pond Clinic on Tuesday, April 19, at the Williams SWCD office. Program will start at 5:00 p.m. with a hot dog roast. The keynote speaker will be Mike Wilkerson from the ODNR Fisheries Management Division. Other speakers include Melanie Haines of Superior Farm Supply, Don Kimpel of Edon Farmer’s Co-op, and Stephanie Karhoff of OSU Extension Williams County. Topics covered will include will overall pond management, diagnosing pond issues, weed identification, pond aerators, and pond chemical application.

The Pond Clinic is sponsored by the Williams Soil & Water Conservation District and OSU Extension Williams County. It will be held at the Williams SWCD office at 11246 State Route 15, Montpelier. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested by contacting the Williams SWCD at 419-636-9395 by April 18. The Williams SWCD, OSU, ODA are an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Join our Team! Now Hiring: OSU Extension Water Quality Associate

Who We Are
As Water Quality Associates, we have the unique opportunity to work with farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to implement different management strategies to decrease nutrient loads leaving their fields. Our focus is to facilitate relationships between farmers, the University, external stakeholders, and partners to reach water quality goals. Continue reading

Upcoming Western Lake Erie Basin Conservation Practices Public Input Meeting

By:  Rachel Cochran

Join OSU Extension’s Water Quality Associates on Tuesday, February 22nd from 10-11AM for a public input meeting regarding on-farm conservation practices. This webinar is aimed toward farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin who farm or live near our target watersheds. Continue reading

Water Quality Wednesday Webinar Series

Join the Ohio State University’s Water Quality Extension Associates for a webinar series discussing topics related to water quality, ranging from Phosphorus and agricultural Best Management Practices to watershed planning and technology. All webinars will be recorded for later viewing. Live webinars will offer Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits, and relevant topics will offer Certified Livestock Manager credits to participants.

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Virtual Meet & Greet with Water Quality Extension Associate Jordan Beck

Jordan BeckJordan is the Water Quality Extension Associate for Fulton-Lucas-Williams Counties.  Jordan will be working on farmer demonstrations, research, and outreach with impacts on water quality.  He has interest in livestock/manure management, nutrient use efficiency, and cover crop demonstrations and trials. Join Jordan for virtual coffee and conversation on Thursday, April 16 anytime between 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Come with your water quality ideas at the farm level. You can call in or connect via your phone, computer, tablet, or any other device. Continue reading

Event Notice – Implementing H2Ohio Meeting on March 10

Come learn practical, innovative ways to engage in the H2Ohio program on Tuesday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Robert Fulton Agriculture Center, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon, OH. There is no cost to attend. Contact Eric Richer at 419-337-9210 or richer.5@osu.edu with questions. Continue reading

Winter Application of Manure – Remember Setbacks

By:  Glen Arnold

Winter manureSome Ohio livestock producers will be looking to apply manure to farm fields frozen enough to support application equipment.  Permitted farms are not allowed to apply manure in the winter unless it is an extreme emergency, and then movement to other suitable storage is usually the selected alternative. Thus, this article is for non-permitted livestock operations. Continue reading

OSU Extension Hiring Extension Associates to Address Water Quality

There are a total of six positions, headquarterd in the following Western Lake Erie Basin counties of western Ohio:

  • Auglaize County Extension Office
  • Fulton County Extension Office
  • North Central Research Station (Sandusky County)
  • Paulding County Extension Office
  • Putnam County Extension Office
  • Wood County Extension Office

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