Agriculture

In Ohio, farmers are being trained to avoid nutrient build

Kristy Meyer of the Ohio Environmental Council wants the training to reach even more farmers, including those who use manure. Her organization is watching to see what happens after the September deadline.

“We'd really like to start to see Department of Agriculture going out doing random audits, seeing how we're doing with this training program,” explained Meyer.

State says local health departments must monitor waterways for toxic algae

“This could strap a lot of local health districts. They have such a tight bottom line,” said Kristy Meyer, natural-resources managing director for the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council. “To add this in with no funding could be really detrimental.”

And discussions about who should test for and respond to algae blooms distracts from conversations about how to prevent them, Meyer said.

“We shouldn’t be treating the symptoms. We should be treating the disease,” she said.

Ohio trains farmers to help Lake Erie -- but is it working?

Kristy Meyer of the Ohio Environmental Council wants the training to reach even more farmers, including those who use manure. Her organization is watching to see what happens after the September deadline.

“We'd really like to start to see Department of Agriculture going out doing random audits, seeing how we're doing with this training program,” explained Meyer.

Land Protection Specialist

Founded in 1993, the Black Swamp Conservancy’s mission is to protect and preserve natural and agricultural lands in northwest Ohio for the benefit of future generations.

The Conservancy is an accredited land trust dedicated to protecting agricultural land and natural areas, now and for future generations. We do this to preserve the rural heritage, unique natural habitats and streams of northwest Ohio.

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician

The Grand Traverse Conservation District is currently seeking candidates for TWO Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician positions. The positions are housed in Grand Traverse County at Grand Traverse Conservation District, with the service area covering Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau counties. The MAEAP Technicians will be responsible for delivering on-farm technical assistance in the counties served.

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