Ohio farmers working to improve water quality

Research being done at Blanchard River Demonstration Farm sites throughout Ohio is helping researchers determine which conservation practices work best for reducing nutrient and sediment loss. This information will help show farmers what tools and practices they can implement on their farms to improve agriculture’s impact on downstream water quality in Ohio.

Conservation practices improve the agricultural impact on downstream water quality in Ohio.

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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:

1Following the 4R approach

2Reducing soil erosion

3Developing a water
management plan

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Reducing Soil Erosion

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Developing Water Plan

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About

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.

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Meet Our Farmers

McComb, Ohio

1,000 acres corn, soybeans and wheat

7,200-head swine operation

9 conservation practices

Dunkirk, Ohio

470 acres corn and soybeans

11 conservation practices

 

Forest, Ohio

5,000 acres corn and soybeans

9 conservation practices

 

Strong partnerships create more solutions.

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.

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Podcast Episodes

Ep. 1: Glen Arnold, Nutrient Mgmt

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer talks with Glen Arnold, associate professor and field specialist with OSU Extension, specializing in research related to manure application technology.

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