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Conservation Practice Economic Impact Calculator
Evaluate the economic impact of installing a wetland or other land conservation program.
Fall vs In-Crop Manure Application Economic Return Calculator
Compare the economic return of liquid manure applied in the fall versus an in-crop application to standing corn.
Conservation practices improve the agricultural impact on downstream water quality in Ohio.
Our research helps develop better conservation practices.
Research being done at the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms and other related sites around the state is helping researchers determine what practices work best for reducing nutrient and sediment loss. Over the last five years, on-farm research has shown that three practices in particular help reduce nutrient and sediment loss:
Following the 4R approach
Reducing soil erosion
Developing a water
Reducing Soil Erosion
Developing Water Plan
Objectives, Mission & Initiatives
The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network (BRDFN) is a joint partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and is a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project. The Demonstration Farms is a project showcasing and demonstrating conservation practices that improve agriculture’s impact on downstream water quality in Ohio.
Partners of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network aim to help show farmers what tools and practices they can implement on their farms to limit their impact on downstream water quality. With their support, and through the implementation of conservation practices, agriculture can be part of the solution to a healthier Lake Erie.
News & Blog Stories
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer talks farm economy and federal tax reform with OSU Extension’s Barry Ward and Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director of state and national policy.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer talks with Dr. Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science at Ohio State University. Wilson’s research includes studying decisions based on patterns of human behavior and involves the science of agricultural decision making in the western Lake Erie Basin.