Ohio & Western Lake Erie Basin Agriculture
February Newsletter

Happy Black Heritage Month!
We want to acknowledge the many advancements in agriculture that have been made by African descendants in countries worldwide. The development of the U.S. food system and economy must credit the labor, knowledge, indigenous practices, and ingenuity of both African and Native Americans.
Image credit: Romare Bearden, "The Lantern" (1979)
News Dig
The TNC Ag Team Continues to Grow
Matt Burkholder joins us from Allen county, where he is a 4th generation farmer practicing regenerative agriculture practices. Almost every acre of his farm utilizes almost continuous no till & cover crops. He has been married to his wife, Kendra, for 10 years and they have 3 gorgeous children. He is a passionate Farmer Advocate for Conservation who will be helping coordinate our program.
Urban Agriculture Funding Opportunity through USDA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available up to $7.5 million for grants through its Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP). The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. USDA will accept applications HERE until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 27, 2023.
Upcoming Events!
Nutrient Management in the Scioto Watershed

Join us February 6th from 9am-2pm for the Scioto Watershed Winter Agriculture Event.

CEU's will be offered for presentations that will cover: H2Ohio Updates, Nitrogen Management, Legacy Phosphorus, Tri State Potassium Trials, The New Tri State Recs, and Water Quality, Cover Crops, and 4R Practices. Lunch will be provided.

February Lunch & Learn
Our first series of Lunch & Learns discusses various ways that livestock can be introduced into farming operations to further conservation goals and increase soil health. This February we are de-bunking the myth that cattle are not land stewards vital to conservation. James Linne will discuss how well managed livestock can actually improve watershed function. See you February 22nd at 12pm EST!
Fertilization Strategies for Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Health 
Matt Fryer, Technical Agronomist at Koch Agronomic Services, will speak virtually about how soil health and regenerative agricultural practices provide many benefits for soil function and crop production. This webinar will discuss how fertilizer and nutrient management tools can be utilized to build soil health and a regenerative agricultural system. CEU's available. February 21,12pm EST.
Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association Conference
February 16-18. Germinate, Regenerate, Agitate not only follows the process of many farmers and advocates, but it also follows our perspective as we look to shaping the future of agricultural policy with the 2023 Farm Bill. This is an impactful point in time where we can empower a system where family farmers can thrive, fair and transparent markets can prosper, and people, the soil, and the environment can be healthy and sustainable. Sometimes that takes planting seeds, rebuilding our community, and shaking some things up.
Water Quality Wednesday
Gather Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference
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