11/20/14 – 5:31 A.M.
An update on farm runoff was given during a meeting in Hancock County Wednesday. The Courier reports the Ohio Farm Bureau gave a presentation about new state regulations during a Blanchard River Watershed Partnership meeting. Senior director of policy development Larry Antosch told those on hand that farmers can do what they need to grow their crops and protect the environment. Antosch said those ideas aren’t in opposite directions.
Ohio now requires farmers to be certified to apply fertilizer on their fields. The law was passed this year and was cosponsored by State Senator Cliff Hite of Findlay. The Ohio Farm Bureau wants all of its members to be certified to apply fertilizer to their fields by April 22. By April of 2016, the goal is that all members have nutrient management plans in place.
Runoff from fields was given national attention after a toxic algae bloom cutoff Toledo’s water supply over the summer. Many blamed chemicals sprayed on crops for allowing the growth of algae. Farmers countered there were plenty of other sources of pollution in the water.
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