Ohio Department of Agriculture

Reducing Agricultural Phosphorus Runoff

ODA is committed to helping farmers reduce phosphorus runoff from commercial fertilizer and manure to prevent harmful algal blooms.

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H2Ohio: Ohio Farmers and ODA Work Together to Improve Water Quality

MAKING CHANGES TODAY TO ENSURE

A SAFER TOMORROW

Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio plan will span all areas of water quality, with the Ohio Department of Agriculture leading efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff. Producers are being incentivized to implement proven, cost-effective best management practices.

 

10 BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

H2Ohio Farmer Incentive Program: Farmers Answering the Call

Reducing phosphorus runoff is critical in improving water quality. However, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. That is why H2Ohio incentivizes farmers to implement 10 proven, science-based, cost-effective, best management practices. Producers can work with their Soil and Water Conservation District to determine which practices will have the most effectiveness on their farm while still producing a high yield of crop. Producers must complete a voluntary nutrient management plan from which all other best management practices can be built.

Initially, H2Ohio was available to producers in a targeted 14-county area in the Maumee River Watershed within the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). Producers’ response to Ohio’s first voluntary water quality initiative was remarkable. After first-round sign-ups, more than 1,800 producers enrolled more than 1.1 million acres into voluntary nutrient management plans.

With continued funding through the Ohio Legislature, the H2Ohio farmer incentive program is expanding to the 10 remaining counties in the WLEB.  Farmers in the counties depicted in the map can sign up through their Soil and Water Conservation District to receive funding and enroll in targeted conservation practices that work best on their farms.

H2Ohio OACI Expansion Informational Video

If you are a producer in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) and interested in H2Ohio funding, check out the video below and complete the H2Ohio WLEB 10-County Expansion Producer Interest Survey. 

Auglaize County
Auglaize SWCD

110 Industrial Drive #G

Wapokoneta, OH 45895

419.738.4016

Allen County
Allen SWCD

1601 E. 4th Street, Suite B

Lima, OH 45804

419.223.0040 ext.3

Crawford County

Crawford SWCD

3111 OH-98

Bucyrus, OH 44820

419.562.8280

Defiance County
Defiance SWCD

06879 Evansport Road, Suite C

Defiance, OH 43523

419.782.1794

Erie County

Erie SWCD

2900 Columbus Avenue, Room 131

Sandusky, OH 44870

419.626.5211

 

Fulton County
Fulton SWCD

8770 State Route 108, Suite B

Wauseon, OH 43567

419.337.9217

Hancock County
Hancock SWCD

7868 County Road 140, Suite E

Findlay, OH 45840

419.422.6569

Hardin County
Hardin SWCD

12751 State Route 309 W.

Kenton, OH 43326

419.673.0456 ext. 3

Henry County

Henry SWCD

2250 N. Scott street

Napoleon, OH 43545

419.592.2926 ext. 3

Huron County

Huron SWCD

8 Fair Road

Norwalk, OH 44857

419.668.4113

Lucas County

Lucas SWCD

130 West Dudley, Suite A

Maumee, OH 43537

419.893.1966

Marion County

1100 East Center Street

Marion, OH 43302

740.387.1314

 

Mercer County
Mercer SWCD

220 W. Livingston Street, Suite 1

Celina, OH 45822

419.586.3289

Ottawa County

Ottawa SWCD

240 West Lake Street # B

Oak Harbor, OH 43449

419.898.1595

Paulding County
Paulding SWCD

900 Fairground Drive, Suite B

Paulding, OH 45879

419.399.4771

Putnam County
Putnam SWCD

1206 E. 2nd Street

Ottawa, OH 45875

419.523.5159

Richland County

Richland SWCD

1495 West Longview Ave #205

Mansfield, OH 44906

419.747.8686

Sandusky County

Sandusky SWCD

2000 Countryside Drive Suite A

Fremont, OH 43420

419.334.6324

Seneca County

Seneca SWCD

3140 OH-100

Tiffin, OH 44883

419.447.7073

Shelby County

Shelby SWCD

822 Fair Road

Sidney, OH 45365

937.492.6520

Van Wert County

Van Wert SWCD

1185 Professional Drive

Van Wert, OH 45891

419.238.9591

Williams County
Williams SWCD

1120 West High Street

Bryan, OH 43506

419.636.9395 ext. 3

Wood County
Wood SWCD

1616 E. Wooster Street, Suite 32

Bowling Green, OH 43402

419.354.5517

Wyandot County

Wyandot SWCD

97 Houpt Drive

Upper Sandusky, OH 43351

419.294.2312

Frequently Asked Questions

More information about the application process, eligibility and goals.

More About the ODA/OACI Partnership

ODA is working in close collaboration with the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI) – a group of commodities, environmental agencies, and farming organizations.  OACI is an instrumental partner in the development and execution of the H2Ohio plan, which includes the Ohio Agriculture Certification Program for farmers in conjunction with the application process.
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