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New network tracks local invasive weeds

  |  March 1, 2013
Dozens of invasive plants call Richland County home today, but identifying which species have established a foothold here ...

Buckeye Lake group cites cooperation among agencies

  |  March 1, 2013
The water quality in Buckeye Lake has improved slightly, thanks to 2012’s drought, but officials still are asking for help to make sure the lake continues to improve.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Meeting: Growing Vegetables

  |  February 27, 2013
Join OEFFA's Heart of Ohio Chapter for a meeting on growing vegetables.

Soil & Water's Brooks Chosen to be an ‘Our Ohio Cultivator'

  |  February 25, 2013
Denise Natoil Brooks, Environmental Education Specialist with Licking Soil & Water was selected to be an ‘Our Ohio’ Cultivator by Ohio Farm Bureau.

Soil & Water Welcomes Darrel the Rain Barrel

  |  February 22, 2013
Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District wants to introduce the newest member of the Soil & Water team, Darrel the Rain Barrel.

Soil & Water's Deeds Speaks on WNKO's Inside View

  |  February 13, 2013
On February 1, 2013, Luellen Deeds, Outreach Education Coordinator with Licking Soil & Water spoke with Dave Doney, News Director at KOOL 101.7 WNKO Radio.

Soil & Water Introduces 2013 Conservation Learning Series

  |  February 12, 2013
Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District (Soil & Water) will host a 2013 Conservation Learning Series.

Milestone Looms for Farm-Raised Fish

  |  February 4, 2013
Sometime this year, we will quietly pass a milestone in human history: the majority of the fish we eat will be farm-raised rather than wild-caught.


  |  February 1, 2013
To Newspaper Editors: Readers of local newspapers have been learning about efforts to reduce algal blooms, especially in Grand Lake St. Mary’s and the western basi

Help Soil & Water Plant a Future

  |  January 23, 2013
Help Us Plant a Future! The Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District (Soil & Water) is asking for “Plant a Future” sponsors for our Plant a Future Program.

New structure for Ohio's farmland preservation program

  |  January 21, 2013
The state’s farmland preservation program is undergoing a major structural change that will see more emphasis on localization.

USDA Farm Service Agency Launches New Microloan Program

  |  January 18, 2013
Steven Maurer, the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director announced today that new and beginning farmers, returning veterans and disadvantaged producers interested in careers in farming now have an agricultural Microloan credit option to consider.

Farmers urged to voluntarily cut runoff

  |  January 14, 2013
Ohio farmers are being warned that if they don’t take steps to reduce the manure and fertilizers that wash off their fields and pollute streams and lakes, government officials will order them to do it.

County-wide effort underway to promote locally grown produce

  |  January 10, 2013
The Granville School District lunch menu this week features pepperoni pizza and cheeseburgers, typical items for school lunches. But for chef Greg Enslen of AVI Foodsystems, there is something particularly important about the ingredients that went into those dishes.

OSU to discuss ways to adapt ag to extreme weather

  |  January 10, 2013
From the record drought that covered much of the nation last year to Superstorm Sandy that caused an estimated $50 billion or more in damage in the Northeast and Midwest

A rare feat: 13 families have Century Farms in Licking County

  |  January 10, 2013
Donald Todd, the fifth generation family owner of the Todd family farm in Utica, talks about some of the original buildings that were located on the now 400-acre property on Tuesday.

Soil & Water Encourages Use of CNMP

  |  January 7, 2013
Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District (Soil & Water) encourages local livestock operations to implement a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP).

Implement 4R Nutrient Stewardship This Winter

  |  December 28, 2012
Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District encourages local farmers to incorporate 4R Nutrient Stewardship this winter to minimize

More cover crops are being planted

  |  December 27, 2012
Have you been seeing some interesting things this fall in some local farm fields?

Envirothon Video Contest Set, Deadline is March 30

  |  December 17, 2012
The Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts is holding a state-wide Envirothon Video contest.

Keeping Ohio Soil and Nutrients in Ohio, Looking for Farmers Who Want to Know How

  |  December 17, 2012
The Ken Burns documentary “The Dust Bowl” gave people a stark look at what happens when soil blows away. We learned a hard lesson and came to value farming in a way that keeps the soil in place.

Bringing New Life to a Local Landfill

  |  December 13, 2012
On November 30th, the Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District (Soil & Water) planted around 270 seedling trees at the old Newark City Landfill

OEFFA and CC Partner to Help Expand Availability of Local Produce

  |  November 12, 2012
Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) are partnering again to offer a variety of educational programming to specialty crop growers across the state of Ohio.

Rain Barrels Beware! Winter is Near

  |  November 6, 2012
With the holiday season quickly approaching, we all have endless to-do lists. However, you might want to note, “WINTERIZE RAIN BARREL” as on your high-priority list.

OEFFA Launches New Investment Fund

  |  November 2, 2012
Columbus, OH – The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has partnered with a group of socially-motivated local investors who are making $500,000 available to launch a groundbreaking initiative: the OEFFA Investment Fund.

Statistics class at Licking Valley goes 'streaming' in the river

  |  October 22, 2012
HANOVER TOWNSHIP — On a recently cool and crisp fall morning, the students from Dave Chapman statistics class at Licking Valley High school were “streaming.”

Winners Announced at Annual Meeting

  |  October 22, 2012
Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District held its 68th Annual Meeting Saturday, October 18, 2012 at The Reese Center on The Ohio State University/Central Ohio Technical College campus in Newark, Ohio.

Oct. 18 dinner features 'entertaining' scientist

  |  October 9, 2012
For Frank Gibbs, being a soil scientist is anything but boring. "I had this great adventure," he said, recalling a recent trek into the mountains of Tibet and a wild experience with the local terrain and culture. "Those people are amazing!"

Ohio's Century Farm Program Reaches Milestone

  |  October 8, 2012
With the addition of the Daniels Family Farm in Highland County on Friday, October 5, Ohio’s Century Farm Program reached a milestone.

River Round Up Committee Thanks Volunteers

  |  September 17, 2012
Surprisingly, the rain did not play a factor in last Saturday’s River Round Up event. On September 8th, over 80 dedicated and determined volunteers and committee members came ready to brave the weather and clean up the waterways!