Ohio & Western Lake Erie Basin Agriculture
July Newsletter

July is the Ohio's hottest month of the year, but don't let that stop you from enjoying nature. Dress wisely, carry water, and stay safe!
Lunch and Learn : Innovative Solutions for Low Yield Crop Land
July 21st 12-12:30pm


News Dig!

Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery
In early 2019 the Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery (STRAND) program was launched in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The STRAND project’s aim was to assist with meeting the goals of the Michigan Domestic Action plan to reduce total phosphorus and soluble reactive phosphorus through nutrient management and best management practices (BMPs).

 A Qualtrics survey was developed and sent to 52 farmers in the summer of 2021 to assess their understanding, implementation, and willingness to continue BMPs for the application of nutrients. Read to learn about their findings.
Read the report here

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Cost of Organic, Transitioning Producers

Agricultural producers and handlers who are certified organic, along with producers and handlers who are transitioning to organic production, can now apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) and Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), which help producers and handlers cover the cost of organic certification, along with other related expenses. Applications for OTECP and OCCSP are both due October 31, 2022. 

To apply, producers and handlers should contact the Farm Service Agency (FSA) at their local USDA Service Center. FSA is also accepting applications for State agencies to administer OCCSP through July 18, 2022. 

Utilizing Yield Data for Best Management Practices

Check out this recording of June's Lunch and Learn. Brent, an Agricultural Conservation Practitioner at TNC, delivers a great talk about utilizing yield data for best management practices. His background is in data management utilizing various precision ag software and he looks to utilize this knowledge to make economical, conservation minded decisions on the farm.
Upcoming Events!
ADM Drainage Water Management Certifcation Course
July 7th 9am - 3pm
ADMC is offering an interactive online training and certification course on July 7th for the planning of drainage water management systems. A total of 5 CEUs will be available for CCAs or PEs. A recording of the training session and access to the quiz modules will be made available for those that cannot make the July 7th event.
Upon successful completion of the quiz modules, an ADMC course certificate will be awarded. An ADMC certificate along with a submitted DIA 164 to your state NRCS can be used to obtain TSP certification for DIA 164.
Agriculture and Food Security Webinar : July 12th 11am-12:30pm
The Farm Foundation and Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) will examine current dynamics within the global food system during their July 12 Webinar at 11 am. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has created increased pressure on global food systems, limiting supply and driving up prices of many key foodstuffs. This webinar will explore what policy solutions could be implemented in Canada, the United States, and around the world.
SAEA Presents: Social and Ecological Convergence in the Heartland
July 21st - 24th
Join Central State Extension, OSU Extension, and more for a convergence of Ohio-based ecological projects and tours of urban agriculture from July 21-24 in Central Ohio.
Field trips include the Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden in Central Ohio, Newark Earthworks in Southeast Ohio, Malabar Farm State Park in Northeast Ohio, Methodist Theological School in Ohio campus farm in Northwest Ohio, and more.
Changing precipitation & conservation drainage use for improved production
July 26th 3:00 - 4:30pm

ADMC, on behalf on the Conservation Drainage Network Growth Committee invites you to a free webinar on July 26th titled “Understanding Changing Precipitation Patterns and Conservation Drainage Use for Improved Production & Environmental Outcomes.”  There will be two presentations. The first by Eric Snodgrass of Nutrien Ag Solutions on changing precipitation patterns and the second by Dr. Ehsan Ghane on water management to deal with weather extremes

OEFFA Farm Tour and Workshop Series
Full Calendar & Details
  • Regenerative Farming Grazing Walk - July 16th at 10am
This tour will be a pasture walk at Canal Junction Farm, Defiance, OH, covering all aspects of the farm’s operations, including its dairy program, cheese, beef, lamb, pork, broiler chickens, eggs, and turkeys.
  • Organic Grain Transition Farm Tour - July 23rd at 10am

Greg and Beth Bishop and their son, Blake, transitioned Bishop Family Farms’ 1,300 acres to organic production two years ago in Mt. Blanchard, OH. Their five year crop rotation includes corn, soybeans, wheat, sunflowers, and canola.
6362 Township Hwy 80, Mt. Blanchard, OH 45867 (Wyandot County)
  • Technical Pasture Walk for Multi-Species Meat Producers - July 31st at 4pm

This tour will provide an in-depth and farmer-focused technical pasture walk at Tierra Verde Farms, Deerfield, OH. Attendees will walk the farm and tour its infrastructure while Mike shares his numbers and decision-making process.
Growing and Growth Collective : Mobile Education Kitchen
July 28 & August 25
Growing and Growth Collective, a Columbus based community garden organization, is hosting a social event with partners. Stop by to learn how local food production contributes to economic empowerment and public health.
Learn more here
Farmer Advocate for Conservation Training : August 9-10
We are having another round of Farmer Advocate for Conservation Training occurring August 9-10! Learn more at
Scioto Watershed Conservation : August 16
Mark your calendars! August 16th from 9am-12pm, TNC is helping host a Scioto Watershed Whole Farm Conservation Day with lunch provided after. Topics will include: Deep Dive into Cover Cropping, Return on Investment with Conservation, Cost Share Programs and Incentive Opportunities, and Practical Farm Application with a Soil Health Demo. For questions or help, please contact Brent Nicol at 937-303-2850 or by email at
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