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Licking Soil & Water - January E-newsletter

  |  January 25, 2015
Happy 2015! It’s a new year and we’ve hit the ground running with many projects, plans and activities.

Ohio Agriculture Department Recognizes 104 Historic Farms in 2014

  |  January 7, 2015
In 2014, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 104 new century or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100 or 200 consecutive years. There are now more than 1,100 historic farms registered across the state.

River Round Up Poster Contest Deadline Set

  |  December 30, 2014
The Licking County River Round Up is an annual county‐wide event in the Licking River Watershed. Hundreds of volunteers participate in the event by collecting trash and debris along shorelines and from boats.

Licking Soil & Water News Release: Farmland Preservation Information Meeting Set

  |  December 22, 2014
Licking Soil & Water will host a Farmland Preservation Landowner Information Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2015,

NRCS Program Sign-up Now Available for Farmers & Forest Land Owners

  |  December 19, 2014
NRCS is accepting new applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from Ohio farmers and non-industrial private forest land owners who want to improve the natural resources on their land.

Licking Soil & Water - December E-newsletter

  |  December 19, 2014
As you complete your shopping and plan for time with family and friends, please take a few minutes to consider the environment.

Local Food Week receives 2014 Impact Award

  |  December 5, 2014
The Licking County Convention and Visitor's Bureau named Local Food Week as "Event of the Year" as part of its Impact Awards.

Go Green for the Holidays!

  |  December 2, 2014
Make "green" holiday choices when you are shopping, traveling, sending cards, decorating, and choosing gifts. When you save energy and resources, you protect the environment and safeguard health both now and for the future.

Farmland preservation programs have changed, but same focus

  |  November 20, 2014
Ohio offers two main programs for farmland preservation — the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program, which is funded through the voter-approved Clean Ohio Fund, and the Agricultural Easement Donation Program, which allows landowners to donate easement rights, so that their land will be preserved.

Ohio Farm Bureau proposes improvements to farmland tax rules

  |  November 14, 2014
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has presented its official recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Tax Commissioner Joseph W. Testa that will improve and modernize the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.

Licking Soil & Water - November E-newsletter

  |  November 6, 2014
Licking Soil & Water is seeking an URBAN CONSERVATIONIST. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 14.

Soil & Water Celebrates 70 Years of Conservation

  |  October 29, 2014
Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District celebrated 70 years of conservation and service to the Licking County community.

Ohio State to offer agriculture and natural resources tax webinar and workshop

  |  September 29, 2014
Farmers, producers, tax preparers and anyone who wants to learn more about the potential changes in tax laws, including those that relate to expense deductions and bonus depreciation (Section 179), can participate in a day-long tax webinar and workshop Dec. 15

LCSWCD Special Board Meeting Notice

  |  September 26, 2014

Licking County FFA Students Participate in Soil Judging

  |  September 26, 2014
Licking County FFA (, students participated in the annual county soil judging competition held September 23.

Legend Elementary explore creek for science class

  |  September 19, 2014
Students from Legend Elementary complete a stream study at Rotary Park as part of the life science unit.

Study shows differences in understanding sustainable agriculture

  |  September 17, 2014
Across the globe, consumers (81%) and farmers (78%) say they care a lot about sustainability in agriculture. However, the two groups have a very different understanding of what sustainability means.

Licking County Farmer Selected as Minority Farmer of the Year

  |  September 5, 2014
Each year, National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees (NOPBNRCSE) recognizes the conservation efforts of minority farmers by selecting a nominee for the national Lloyd Wright Small Farmer of the Year Award.

River Round Up coming to Pataskala

  |  August 27, 2014
Would you be willing to get your feet wet and your clothes muddy in order to beautify one of your community’s waterways?

Leisurely paddle previews annual river cleanup

  |  August 27, 2014
Fairly high water from recent rains hid some of the trash and recyclables Tuesday during a float down the South Fork of the Licking River to preview the upcoming Licking County River Roundup, set for Sept. 6.

Local Food Week Wrap Up! – Local Food Week Spotlight

  |  August 27, 2014
The First Annual Licking County Local Food Week by the Numbers:

Weed blaster shows promise as alternative to herbicides

  |  August 26, 2014
The method, gaining attention from organic farmers, uses grit such as corncob bits instead of chemicals to protect crops.

Funds available to fix failing septic systems

  |  August 22, 2014
Money is available to help low-income homeowners in Licking County repair or replace failing household sewage treatment systems.

Garden Pool Feeds Family

  |  August 19, 2014
When Dennis and Danielle McClung bought a foreclosed home in Mesa, Ariz., in 2009, their new yard featured a broken, empty swimming pool.

Cost-Share Assistance Available For Growers And Handlers Of Organic Agricultural Products

  |  August 6, 2014
The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced it will receive $478,600 to help growers and handlers of organic agricultural products recover part of the cost of their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification.

Food Council Launches Local Food Week

  |  July 31, 2014
The Licking County Local Food Council today announced the calendar of events for the first annual Local Food Week, which takes place August 15-22nd.

USDA declares 15th Farmers Market Week

  |  July 29, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared Aug. 3 through 9 as "National Farmers Market Week."

Resolution Recognizes Value of Locally-Led Conservation

  |  July 23, 2014
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is kicking off its Soil Health Forum and Conservation Tour in Indianapolis by praising a bipartisan resolution

Ohio Farm Groups Announce New Water Quality Initiative

  |  July 14, 2014
The challenges facing Ohio’s water bodies and waterways are diverse, and so are the plans being formed to address them.

Pasture Walk Set for July 24th

  |  July 11, 2014
Join Licking Soil & Water and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for a pasture walk on Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.