The holiday season is here, and many families are preparing by adding festive decor and baking delicious treats, among other items. While our family is getting ready, we’re also preparing our northwestern Ohio farm and planning for how we can continue to improve our operations, including protecting the land and waterways.
While environmental protection isn’t always easy, I am committed to contributing to a natural and healthy ecosystem for all. That’s one of the reasons why I am involved in the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative Farmer Certification Program, which recognizes farmers who are doing their part in working to continuously improve their farming practices.
On my farm, I’ve implemented variable rate technology and utilize cover crops to better protect the land. This ensures that the right amount of nutrients is applied to each soil grid or zone to help prevent excess manure application. Additionally, cover crops are planted to reduce soil erosion and phosphorus runoff.
While there is always room for improvement, farmers across Ohio are continuing to receive education and resources from OACI to increase conservation practices. I personally am always striving to be a better farmer, landowner and neighbor, and I am dedicated to conservation of my land and resources for many years to come.