The Williams Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites you to attend a meeting on ‘What is the Latest Ag News for 2015 regarding Nutrient Management, Stewardship, Programs, 4Rs & What Does It All Mean to You!!’ The meeting will be held Thursday, March 5, in the Williams SWCD Meeting Room in Bryan starting at 5:30 p.m. with a meal followed by the program.
Come hear Ohio’s 2014 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year – Joe Nester. Joe will share many insights on the use of no-till, conservation tillage, cover crops and nutrient management practices. This information and the knowledge he has gained from working on local farms will be very useful to all of us. His experiences and observations of the changes and challenges coming to agriculture can impact any size farm. Joe will update us on nutrient management regulations from Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 61, and his discussions with the Ohio House Ag Committee.
Joe Nester owns Nester Ag, LLC, an independent crop consulting business in Bryan, Ohio. They provide nutrient management services to farmers throughout NW Ohio, NE Indiana, and South Central Michigan. Joe has been an agronomist in this area for 38 years, is currently the chairman of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, and is a past chairman of the Ohio Certified Crop Advisers.
Ed Crawford, Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) Project Manager, will explain the latest on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The multi-state RCPP project includes more than 40 collaborating public and private sector organizations who have committed resources to leverage $17.5 million in federal funds for the reduction of phosphorus and sediment loading and harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie. Project partners will use NRCS conservation practices and innovative demonstration practices that farmers can implement with EQIP and ACEP funds to protect soil health, water quality and quantity, and prevent fish and wildlife habitat degradation.
Ed Crawford was the local Program Specialist to 20 SWCD’s in NW Ohio through the ODNR-Division of Soil and Water Resources. He served as the State Coordinator on the Lake Erie CREP program for 12 years and currently works for the DSWR as a Project Manager for Ohio’s Clean Lakes Initiative in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Since 1988 Ed has served as the State Coordinator for the Conservation Action Project (CAP).
Brian Barclay, Williams County NRCS District Conservationist, will explain the latest Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs and updates for 2015. He will also discuss the latest changes regarding Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and wetland determinations. Brian will answer what the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) is and how one applies. EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.
The evening meal is sponsored by the Williams Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts. The meeting will be held at the Williams SWCD meeting room at 1120 West High Street and starts at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are requested for the meal. For reservations, please call the Williams SWCD at 419-636-2349 Ext 3 by February 27.