COLUMBUS, OH, Dec. 7, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Friday, January 15, 2021, as the deadline to submit applications for Ohio’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Contact Joe Koehler at 740-670-5340 for application.
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program which helps producers make conservation work for them. NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.
Dear Friend of Agriculture,
As the number of COVID-19 cases has risen significantly across the United States and in Ohio over the last several weeks, the USDA has made the decision to adjust our operating status in USDA Service Centers that are experiencing elevated rates of coronavirus community spread. Since the pandemic began, USDA has been driven by data as we have increased access to our offices, but now the data is reflecting that a change is necessary and we must temporarily step back and limit in-person access in several locations across the US and in Ohio. This will be effective starting on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. This decision is based on the latest data to protect our employees and customers from rising COVID cases both in the community and in our workforce. USDA will continually review data to determine the status of service centers and receiving visitors in impacted counties.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service have signed a new, five-year agreement to continue research for the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network project. The ongoing efforts of the two organizations will study ideas that emphasize protecting Ohio’s water resources and soil health through innovative agricultural practices.
The Licking Park District was joined by Licking County and Madison Township officials on August 6th to officially dedicate the recently completed Staddens Landing. I
The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced approval for local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements on 39 family farms representing 5,012 acres in 25 counties.
New tools help farmers manage their conservation activities online, request assistance
To promote the use of cover crops, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is again providing funding for the Cover Crop Cost-Share Program to assist producers in planting cover crops to decrease erosion and improve water quality.
Soil & Water will be accepting applications until July 3, 2020. Applications are evaluated individually with fields being scored based on several criteria. Fields that score high enough are approved for cost-share funding at a rate of $12/approved acre. If a producer and field are new to the Program, the cost-share rate is $15/approved acre. There is a cap of 200 approved acres per producer.
Job Opening: AmeriCorps at Licking County Soil and Water Conservation
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The next deadline for Ohio Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding this fiscal year is May 29, 2020. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps Ohio farmers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of new technologies and management techniques.
Licking County Soil & Water office closed to the public; daily operations continue
COLUMBUS, OH, – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Friday, March 20, 2020, as the deadline to submit applications for Ohio’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program which helps producers make conservation work for them. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.
Congratulations to Kevin Elder of Perry County who was sworn in as a Director of the South Licking Conservancy District before the Conservancy Court in Licking County in December.
Landscape For Life™ shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live — whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium.
This series is made possible by a collaboration between the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United State Botanic Garden based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®).
Licking County River Round Up is an annual, county-wide, waterway cleanup event in the Licking River Watershed. Hundreds of volunteers participate in the event by collecting trash and debris along shorelines and in the water.
River Round Up Poster Contest deadline for submission is February 21, 2020
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry is seeking your help to identify key issues, threats, and opportunities associated with Ohio’s forest resources.
The Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking a full time Urban Conservation Technician.
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) announces the launch of Heartland FarmLink, a new land linking service for farm seekers and farm owners.
Celebrating Soil & Water's 75th Anniversary (Part 3 of 4)
To help foster the creation of monarch butterfly habitat, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI), in cooperation with Licking Soil & Water offers a Statewide Milkweed Pod Collection spanning from September 1 to October 31.
Read our most recent Conservation News, which includes Part 3 of our 4 Part 75th Anniversary articles, as well as information on River Round Up and the November Banquet.
To promote the use of cover crops, Licking Soil & Water and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) are offering a Cover Crop Cost-Share Program. Producers within the Greater Muskingum River watershed can apply for $12-$15/acre cost-share with a cap of 200 approved acres per applicant. The Greater Muskingum Watershed includes the Licking River and all of its tributaries and Wakatomika Creek.
Celebrating Soil & Water's 75th Anniversary (Part 2 of 4)
Read our most recent Conservation Notes, which includes Part 2 of our 4 Part 75th Anniversary articles.
The Licking Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) is pleased to announce the election of Bill Goodman to the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) Board of Directors’ beginning March 1, 2019.
Read our most recent Conservation Notes, which includes our tree catalog, upcoming events, and Part 1 of our 75th Anniversary articles.
Best Management Practices for Urban Forest Success, with local and specific examples.
Celebrating Soil & Water's 75th Anniversary (Part 1 of 4)
Licking Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Licking County Farm Bureau will host a complimentary breakfast for the Local Work Group on March 8, 2019.
Claire Donley of Lancaster is the new Buckeye Lake Watershed Coordinator. She will be focusing on water quality, and this article introduces her qualification and interests.
Seth Dobbelaer and Ron Thompson were elected to a three year term on the Board of Supervisors of Licking Soil & Water Conservation District at the public election on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Licking Soil & Water’s Annual Banquet at The Grove by the River, Newark.
Information about the Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) and LCSWCD involvement.
LCSWCD recommendations for fertilizing.
How to handle gully erosion correctly.
Welcome new LCSWCD team member Dr. David Grum.
Meet new LCSWCD Team Member Josh Troyer.
Bio and information about Candidates for the 2018 LCSWCD Board of Supervisors Election
Information about the LCSWCD Board of Supervisors election, including how to vote.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has approved Franklin Township (Franklin County) and Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District as new members.
Farmers, business owners and anyone else who would like to be proactive about conservation within the Muskingum Watershed have an opportunity to purchase “conservation credits”
Improve the health of your soil and the quality of lakes and streams in your neighborhood, by adding a simple agricultural practice to your urban and suburban autumn lawn care regimen.
On Saturday, September 9, 2017, 320 adults and 111 minors participated in the 23rd annual Licking County River Round Up event to clean up trash, metal, tires and recyclables from waterways throughout the county.
Monarch butterfly populations and the habitat they need are in decline across North America, Mexico and Canada. Ohio is a priority state for monarch migration and fourth-generation monarchs.
Kennedy Gardner recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Environment and Natural Resources.
The Muskingum Watershed Joint Board is dedicated to developing collaborative solutions to complex conservation problems.