Williams Soil & Water Hosting Meeting To Address Drainage Concerns & Manure Application


The Williams Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites you to attend a meeting on ‘Drainage Concerns? New Manure Application Rules? What’s the Law & What You Need to Know!’ The meeting will be held Thursday, March 10, in the Williams SWCD Meeting Room in Bryan starting at 5:00 p.m. with a light meal followed by the program.

Kristi Kress Wilhelmy an Attorney at Law with Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP from Dublin, Ohio, will share her insight into Ohio farm drainage laws.

If you have questions about where you stand in regards to your property owner’s rights, come hear how these laws affect you, and get expert advice before you start that next project. Many times, knowing the rules can help save a lot of grief down the road. Come and listen to Kristie’s explanations of the law and take this opportunity to get your questions answered.

Kristi Wilhelmy’s primary practice area is litigation. She has experience litigating matters involving a variety of subjects including contract and general business disputes, drainage/ditches, farm leases, fence law, easements, zoning, eminent domain, coal, oil, gas, wind, and other real estate matters. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from The Ohio State University Summa Cum Laude with Distinction with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education. Kristi is a member of the Ohio Bar Association where she serves as Vice President of the Agricultural Law Committee. Kristi grew up on her family’s farm in Brown County, Ohio where she was involved in raising beef cattle, sheep, corn, soybeans, wheat, and tobacco.

Bert Brown, Williams SWCD District Technician, will then update everyone on the new rules for spreading manure and Senate Bill 1 (SB1). Senate Bill 1 became law July 1, 2015, and the rules were finalized January 31, 2016. What are they and how does this affect you? The law is now in place! Bert will go over a quick summary of SB1 and how it can affect each of us. We can help you get in tune with the new rules and explain several available exemptions.

Jessie Schulze, OSU Extension Plan Writer, will explain the OSU Nutrient Management Plan Development Program. Jessie is part of the team of writers working to assist non-manure farmers in developing Nutrient Management Plans (NMP) in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) at no cost to the landowner. The plan provides both fertility recommendations and an environmental site risk for fields that help identify resource concerns impacting nutrient and sediment loss. Come and hear the reasons why you should consider having an NMP.

The meeting will be held in the Williams SWCD meeting room at 1120 West High Street in Bryan. Reservations are requested for the light meal by March 7 by calling the Williams SWCD at 419-636-2349 Ext 3. This meeting is sponsored by the Williams Soil & Water Conservation District and OSU Extension Williams County.

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