From the passage of Senate Bill 299 in 2018 to April 2019, the Ohio Department of Agriculture distributed $3.5 million of the $23.5 million available to the 24 soil and water conservation districts in northwest Ohio.

The Ohio Working Lands Program creates opportunities for northwest Ohio producers to receive support for practices that help improve water quality and soil health. Unique to the program, support is offered for buffers that may be harvested for hay and forage. A fact sheet details guidelines and benefits for the buffer program.

The program also supports increased planting of small grains such as wheat, barley, and oats, which may also be harvested by producers. Because small grains are harvested earlier in the season, the amount of acreage available for the land application of manure increases, easing pressures to land apply during less favorable conditions. Additional benefits and guidelines for the program are available in a fact sheet on the Small Grains Program.

Credit: Ohio Department of Agriculture