Farmer's Corner: Agricultural Conservation
Explore the Agricultural BMPs page to learn more about ways you can
protect and improve the soil and water on your farm, and beyond.
If you are interested in implementing a best management practice on your land, contact our office today!
Our staff are here to help you with the process:
Dj Mears, Agricultural Conservationist - (419) 893-1966 ext. 4#
Matthew Browne, Area Conservation Technician - (419) 893 - 1966 ext. 3#
For information on Soil Testing, please visit the Additional Resources page.
Ohio Working Lands Buffer Program (Senate Bill 299)
The Ohio Working Lands Buffer Program encourages producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed to establish year‐round vegetative cover on eligible cropland. The program promotes the conversion, establishment and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres. As the name implies “Working Lands Buffers” act as a buffer on cropland and provide another line of defense to filter surface water while allowing participants to harvest forage from established areas. For more information you can review the program guidelines here, or contact the Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District.
Click Here to Review the Criteria for Working Lands Buffer Seeding, Establishment, & Maintenance.
Do you farm in the Heilman Ditch Watershed of Swan Creek?
Want to try cover crops or a drainage water management structure? Give the office a call! The Lucas SWCD has received funding to cost-share projects in this area! Click here to enter your farm address and see if you're within the eligible watershed, and click here to download the contract. (Not in this area? Check out USDA-NRCS cost-share programs here.)
Please Note: This project or publication was financed in part or totally through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency with the following funds: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The contents and views, including any opinions, findings, or conclusions or recommendations, contained in this product or publication are those of the authors and have not been subject to any Ohio Environmental Protection Agency or United States Environmental Protection Agency peer or administrative review and may not necessarily reflect the view of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency or United States Environmental Protection Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred.
Protect yourself & Lake Erie! Know the Senate Bill 1 Application Rules
New rules are in effect for farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Click here to read the rules that are now state law, and here for the 48-hour weather forecast that limits when it is legal to spread fertilizer or manure. If you have questions or if you believe there has been a violation of Senate Bill 1, please call the Lucas SWCD office.
Remember to check the local forecast before you apply!