Water conservation

H2Ohio Producers Eligible for Next Phase of Program Incentives – Ohio Ag Net

Growers in the 10-county expansion area of ​​Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative are eligible to apply for the next phase of the program, which expands the conservation practices available.
Producers were first able to enroll in three Best Management Practices (BMPs) – Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan (VMP), overwintering cover crops, and conservation crop rotation for small grains. They are now eligible to enroll in the remaining H2Ohio BMPs – VNMP implementation, variable rate phosphorus fertilization, subsurface nutrient placement, manure incorporation, conservation crop rotation for forages, and soil management structures. drainage water.
Grower agreements for this phase of the H2Ohio program will include commitments for 2023, 2024, and 2025. Growers must have an approved VNMP on file with their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in order to enroll in other practices. Requests with approved VNMPs should be directed to local SWCD offices by April 30.About 800 growers in the expansion area enrolled more than 600,000 acres of cropland in the H2Ohio program last fall. This represents over 38% of the cropland in the project area in Crawford, Erie, Huron, Marion, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby and Wyandot counties.
H2Ohio is Governor DeWine’s initiative to ensure safe, clean water in Ohio. It is a holistic, data-driven approach to improving long-term water quality. H2Ohio is focused on encouraging best agricultural management practices, restoring wetlands, and replacing household septic systems to reduce nutrients that contribute to harmful algal blooms. For more information on the H2Ohio initiative, please visith2.ohio.gov.
Producers should contact their local SWCD for more information and to submit applications.