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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.

Manure event to show new ways to boost crops and water quality

  |  July 8, 2014
Manure has two shades of green, so to speak. The green of greater farm crop yields. And the green of a cleaner environment.

Soil and water district director retiring

  |  June 27, 2014
Jim Kiracofe said his mission has not changed in the 17 years he has served as administrator and program director for the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District.

USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

  |  June 26, 2014
U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers and ranchers.

First Participants in CSP Can Renew for Five More Years

  |  June 23, 2014
Producers with expiring U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts have from July 11 until Sept. 12, 2014 to renew and add conservation activities

ODA Announces 2014 Local Ag. Easements Approved for Purchase

  |  June 19, 2014
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced approval for local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements in 21 counties.

Kiracofe's Farewell Gathering Set

  |  June 16, 2014
After 17-plus years of service, Jim Kiracofe, District Program Administrator with Licking Soil & Water, has decided to move on to other opportunities.

Granville High School Earns Ohio Envirothon Medal

  |  June 16, 2014
After sweeping the Tri-County Envirothon competition in April, it is no surprise that Granville High School qualified for the State Envirothon Competition held last week at Salt Fork State Park.

Food Council to Host Local Food Producer-Buyer Networking Event

  |  June 13, 2014
In partnership with Sanflillipo Produce Company, the Licking County Local Food Council is hosting a free networking event on Monday, June 30, 2014, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Homestead Beer Company, 811 Irving Wick Dr W, Heath, Ohio 43056. The event aims to connect the following two groups:

Good Earth Guide Connects Consumers with Local Farmers

  |  June 10, 2014
Ohio summers are a time to enjoy the bounty of fresh garden vegetables, ripe off the vine berries, farm fresh eggs, and orchard harvests bursting with juicy flavor.

Local Food Week Set For August 15-22

  |  June 10, 2014
The Licking County Local Food Council today announced the first ever Licking County Local Food Week to be held August 15-22, 2014.

Beyond Honeybees: Now Wild Bees and Butterflies May Be in Trouble

  |  May 26, 2014
By now you probably know about the plight of America’s honeybees: the collapsed colonies and dying hives, threatening pollination services to crops and the future of a much-beloved insect.

Cover Crops Funding Available

  |  May 21, 2014
Licking Soil & Water and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District are partnering to assist farmers in the Licking River Watershed through a cost-sharing cover crop program.

Free Public Tour Series Features Ohio's Organic and Sustainable Farms

  |  May 12, 2014
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has announced th farm tours and workshops that will be included in the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring free public tours of some of Ohio’s finest sustainable and organic farms.

NRCS starts signup for farmland and wetland conservation easements

  |  May 7, 2014
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for its new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).

Granville High School Sweeps Tri-County Envirothon Competition

  |  April 28, 2014
Granville High School swept the Tri-County Envirothon competition at Dillon State Park in Muskingum County. Granville Chickadees (Licking County) took first place with 45 points, followed by Granville Blue (Licking County) in second place and Granville Poplars (Licking County) in third place.

Licking Soil & Water Provides Details on May 6 Levy

  |  April 23, 2014
At the request of the Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, the Licking County Commissioners have placed a five-year, 0.15 mill levy on the May 6, 2014 ballot.

ODA Launches Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry

  |  April 14, 2014
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting registration requests for the Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (OSCR),

County conservation district looking for a sustainable future

  |  April 7, 2014
Imagine a Newark overflowing with sustainable small farms and community gardens that produce fresh, local produce for the community.

‘Agrihoods' — developments with farms — take root

  |  April 2, 2014
In many American suburbs, outward signs of life are limited to the blue glow of television screens flickering behind energy-efficient windows.

Agriculture Under Secretary Announces Grant to Benefit Ohio Food Hub

  |  March 31, 2014
Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien visited Athens County, Ohio, today to announce a grant award of more than $198,000 to help Rural Action and the Southeast Ohio Food Hub Network expand the distribution of locally grown foods.

Ohio State University/OARDC Seeking On-Farm Testing of Grafted Tomato Plants

  |  March 28, 2014
Do you grow and sell tomatoes? If so, an Ohio StaDo you grow and sell tomatoes? If so, an Ohio State University/OARDC-based team hopes to hear from you soon.