Letter: Water quality remains important to farmers

August is National Water Quality Month, which is a great time for those involved in agriculture, including myself, to reflect on water protection practices. As a northwest Ohio farmer, I understand the importance of protecting our waterways and ensuring all members of the community have access to clean water. It’s a responsibility we take seriously.

Over the years, Ohio farmers have invested more than $6 million in improving water quality and nutrient management efforts, including providing innovative technology and training opportunities for farmers.

But we recognize there is still work to be done. The Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative was created to bring together agriculture, conservation, environmental and research communities to implement better management practices, including improving water quality, on Ohio farms.

The OACI Farmer Certification Program is one of the ways the organization works to achieve these goals. This program recognizes farmers that are doing their part in working to continuously improve their farming practices. These practices are tracked to assess progress and determine where changes can be made on Ohio’s farms.

While the OACI Certification Program is one step forward, the work toward improving our waterways will need to continue for many years to come. We need to not only provide a better environment for our communities now, but also for the future, and we are committed to doing so.

Austin Heil



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