Richland Soil and Water

Due to Governor Mike DeWine's Stay-at-Home orders stemming from COVID-19, Richland SWCD employees are working remotely until further notice. When it comes to practices that can help keep our water and soil healthy, please turn to us at Richland SWCD. Although we are teleworking, we are more committed than ever to providing you with good, solid information.

A special public meeting will be held Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Longview Center, 1495 W. Longview Ave, Mansfield.  

The next Board Supervisor meeting will be held Thursday, July 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the Longview Center, 1495 W. Longview Avenue, Suite 205B, Mansfield. 

If you wish to attend either meeting, please contact Erica Thomas, District Program Administrator, at 419-747-8684 or thomas.erica@richlandswcd.net prior to the meetings so that enough meeting packets are prepared.  Also, contact Erica, if you wish to join the meetings via video conference.

You may reach us at RSWCD.Data@richlandswcd.net.

Face-to-face stormwater permit approval is temporarily suspended. Stormwater permit applications, checklists and information needed to obtain a stormwater permit are available at https://richlandswcd.net/services/water/stormwater/stormwater-documents-list

Please submit your stormwater permit application, site calculation form and additional documents via email to RSWCD.Data@richlandswcd.net or through US Mail by sending to: Richland SWCD, 1459 W. Longview Ave, Suite 205B, Mansfield, OH  44906.

Stormwater permit fees may be paid by check, payable to Richland SWCD and mailed to the Richland SWCD office. 

Agriculture Pollution Abatement concerns may be reported by calling (614) 265-6610.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this difficult time. Be well!

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ODA and OSU Extension Offer Online Pesticide Re-Certification

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), is partnering with the Ohio State University Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) to temporarily provide online recertification for pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders whose licenses expired in spring of 2020. The online recertification will be available Monday, July 6. For commercial applicators, it will be available August 10.  For more information or to register for the online recertification, visit pested.osu.edu/onlinerecert.

The online option allows private applicators and fertilizer certificate holders due for training by March 31, 2020 and commercial applicators due for training by September 30, 2020 to meet their continuing education requirements. The cost for online training is $35 for private applicators and $10 for fertilizer certification. The price per credit hour for commercial applicators is $15. If you don’t know your license number, please call ODA at 614-728-6987, choose option 1. 

Applicators are still required to meet their recertification requirements to renew licenses and certifications.  As a result of HB 197, applicators have until 90 days after the emergency is over or December 1, whichever comes first, to complete their requirements.  Recertification status can be checked online here. Applicators must also submit a completed renewal application and pay an additional fee to the ODA for licensure. 

For additional information regarding online recertification, please contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987, and press 1 for licensing recertification or the OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program at 614-292-4070.

Commercial applicators must earn at least five recertification credit hours every three years, and Private applicators must earn at least three recertification credit hours every three years. One hour (60 minutes) must be earned by taking one or more core education classes, one half-hour (30 minutes) of education in each category on the license, and the remaining time requirement can be met by attending classes in any category.

  

NRCS EQIP Cover Crop Program 

The NRCS Disaster Recovery EQIP funding opportunity to plant cover crops on flooded cropland acreage. The sign-up began July 1 and continues until the funding is exhausted. 

NRCS News Release

NRCS Prevented Planting Fact Sheet

NRCS Seeding Recommendations

 

Learn More About Cover Crops

What is a Cover Crop? Cover crops are plants that provide multiple benefits in a cropping system generally planted after the primary crop has been harvested. 

Benefits of Cover Crops: Cover Crops provide a multitude of benefits which include the prevention of erosion, improve soil’s physical and biological properties, replace nutrients in the soil, suppress weeds, improves the availability of water in soil, and break pest cycles along with many other benefits. The species of cover crop selected along with its management determine the benefits and returns.

Some popular planting methods include traditional planter planting, aerial seeding, and broad cast seeding depending upon the type of seed being planted.  Please click on this link from NRCS for more information about cover crop selection, termination, and planting guides. 

 

OSU Extension Local Food Producer List

Are you a local food producer? OSU Extension is in the process of compiling a list of local food producers by county and want to include you! Use this link to be added to the list. 

 

USDA Launches Coronavirus Food Asssistance Program

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP will begin Tuesday May 26 and applications will be accepted through Aug. 28, 2020. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need. Learn more. 

 

Lake Erie CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) 

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program or CREP, is a federal and state conservation partnership designed to address agriculture-related environmental concerns. Participants receive financial incentives from USDA to voluntarily enroll environmentally sensitive cropland or pastureland in contracts for 15 years. In return for annual rental payments that average about $154 per acre and financial incentives, participants convert the land to native grasses, trees and other conservation vegetation. Enrollment is on a continuous basis, as funding permits. Eligible land must be in the portion of the Lake Erie Watershed and must meet basic eligibility criteria for USDA's Conservation Reserve Program. 

Benefits of Conservation Buffers:    

  • Buffers provide another line of defense to filter surface water before it enters streams and water sources that contribute to nutrient loading to Lake Erie
  • Streambanks without buffers tend to be less stable and have higher erosion rates
  • Conservation buffers are a visual demonstration of your commitment to land stewardship                

 

CREP Landowner Contract 

CREP Sign Up Process

CREP Factsheet

CREP Practices

 

Ohio Applicator Forecast

 

The Ohio Applicator Forecast is designed to help nutrient applicators identify times when the weather-risk for applying is low. The risk forecast is created by the National Weather Service and takes snow accumulation and melt, soil moisture content, and forecast precipitation and temperatures into account. The chances of surface runoff in the next 24 hours are displayed on the overview map of the state. If you zoom to street level, seven days of weather conditions and runoff chances are predicted.

Risk is grouped into 3 categories: Low, Medium, and High. When the risk is Medium, it is recommended that the applicator evaluate the situation to determine if there are other locations or later dates when the application could take place.

Click the Forecast Map on the menu above to see the forecast in your area, or the About page for more information about the forecast system.

590 Application Map

This map has been developed utilizing the nutrient application standards from the 2012 Ohio NRCS 590 Nutrient Management Practice Standard. These optional standards were developed to:

  • Budget, supply, and conserve nutrients for plant production.
  • Minimize agricultural nonpoint source pollution of surface and groundwater resources.
  • Properly utilize commercial fertilizer, manure and/or organic by-products as a plant nutrient resource or soil amendment.
  • Protect air quality by reducing odors, nitrogen emissions (ammonia, oxides of nitrogen) and the formation of atmospheric particulates.
  • Maintain or improve the physical, chemical, and biological condition of soil.

The 590 Application Map displays several information categories to help users adopt the 590 guidelines. Information provided on this map includes soil drainage and flooding frequency classes, water table depth, N leaching potential and runoff vulnerability.

Nutrient Regulations

There are a variety of laws, regulations, and guidelines for the management of fertilizers and manures in Ohio. The Nutrient Regulation page summarizes these rules and the areas of Ohio where they apply; for example in 2011 special rules were enacted for watersheds in distress, and again in 2014 for land in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

For more information on the Ohio Applicator Forecast, contact us.

Agriculture Pollution Abatement Program

The Ohio Department of Agriculture -  Division of Soil and Water Conservation has the authority to establish standards for a level of management and conservation practices in farming and animal feeding operations. The purpose of these standards is to reduce pollution of waters of the state by soil sediment, animal manure and residual farm products. 

To learn more, go here.