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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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Group saves earthworks site

  |  March 26, 2014
A conservancy group’s $650,000 winning bid was enough to save one of the last privately held Hopewell earthworks sites in the state during a real estate auction held Tuesday evening at the Christopher Conference Center.

Ag. Secretary Vilsack Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill

  |  March 25, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. A fact sheet outlining modifications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs is available here.

Help Needed for Local Restaurant Week

  |  March 13, 2014
If you would like to help us plan and implement Licking County's 1st annual Local Food Restaurant Week scheduled for this August please email us at:

USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

  |  March 11, 2014
Today in remarks at the National Farmers Union National Convention, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect small- and mid-sized farmers and ranchers with USDA resources

Licking Soil & Water Makes a Splash with National Wildlife Week, March 17-23

  |  March 10, 2014
Licking Soil & Water, the county’s main resource for promoting conservation of natural resources, calls on Licking County citizens to participate in the 76th Annual National Wildlife Week, March 17 through March 23.

Bring Back The Monarchs: Free Milkweeds For Schools And Non-Profits

  |  March 9, 2014
Monarchs and pollinators need our help due to habitat loss. If your school or non-profit organization is interested in this conservation measure, we can help you create a habitat for monarchs and pollinators.

Event Marks World's First Interstate Water Quality Trading Project

  |  March 7, 2014
The Ohio River Basin Trading Project is the world's only interstate water quality trading program and on March 11, the Electric Power Research Institute, which created the initiative, will host an event to showcase the project's first water nutrient credits.

For Educators: Call for Stakeholder Nominations

  |  February 25, 2014

OEFFA to Co-host Growers' Breakfast

  |  February 25, 2014
OEFFA is excited to be co-hosting a Growers’ Breakfast on Saturday, March 15 from 9-11 a.m. with The Crest Gastropub