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'Working Lands' Forage Field Days Planned
Ohio Ag Connection - 08/12/2019

The Ohio Department of Agriculture Working Lands Buffer Program allows for forage to be grown and harvested from field edge buffers in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Join Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Forage and Grassland Council, and local Soil and Water Conservations Districts to learn about the Working Lands Program.

Topics to be covered at these field days include:

- Soil Fertility

- Seed Bed Preparation

- Forage Species Selection

- Seeding Methods

Field Days will be held at various locations throughout the Western Basin watershed.

Sandusky/Ottawa County: Aug. 14 - 2086 S Woodrick Rd, Oak Harbor. Allen Gahler 419-334-6340

Crawford County: Aug. 15 -- Location TBA. Jason Hartsuch 419-562-8731

Henry County: Aug. 20 -- G214 Co. Rd 12 Holgate. Garth Ruff 419-592-0806

Hancock County: Aug. 22 - 19178 Twp Rd 65 Jenera. Gary Wilson 419-348-3500

All Field Days will begin at 4 p.m.

For those unfamiliar with the program, earlier this spring the Ohio Department of Agriculture announced a new conservation program entitled the "Ohio Working Lands Buffer Program" to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible cropland in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed.

Land owners can receive annual payments for maintaining and harvesting hay and forage on land that acts as a buffer on cropland to provide another line of defense to filter surface water. Only cropland acres where sediment and nutrients have the potential to be transported from the field and enter environmentally sensitive areas are eligible for the program.

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