Clean water is everyone's business.
Water quality has always been a focus for Ohio farmers. With the continued algae growth in Grand Lake St. Marys, Lake Erie and around the state, fertilizer runoff — and therefore farmers — has certainly been one of the targets.
In 2011, Ohio’s grain farmers made the strategic decision to invest in water quality research. Since then, Ohio’s corn, soybean and wheat organizations have invested nearly $3.5 million in research and education that will help find a balance between food production and water quality.
Today, we continue to spearhead efforts to ensure that the voice of the farmer is heard about water quality issues.
Ohio’s farmers are working hard to mitigate runoff and need to step forward and be recognized for that work.
Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association challenges farmers to take part in the ongoing and vital water quality discussion — with neighbors, with consumers, with members of Congress. Talk to them about:
- The conservation practices are a part of your business plan
- How you use technology to lessen your impact on water quality
- Using less phosphorous today than you have in years past
- How you have changed some of your farming practices to improve water quality
- The economic penalty to your farm if you are not using fertilizer sustainably