Letter: Livestock farmers already working to protect water

As families visit Ohio’s lakes to seek relief from hot temperatures this summer, it’s a good time to remind Ohioans what livestock farmers are doing to protect the state’s waterways.

One significant effort leading the charge is Ohio Senate Bill 1, which establishes standards for on-farm nutrient management and water quality measures. There are also numerous farmer-driven initiatives that have been moving the needle in reducing nutrients into Ohio waterways:

• Through voluntary measures and best management practices, phosphorus and nitrogen are being reduced in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

• The expansion of the manure application window using newly-planted cover-crops and practicing the 4Rs – applying the right source of nutrients at the right rate at the right time in the right place.

• The addition of manure storage and application and conservation practices.

Having safe, quality water is important to the operation of my farm and to the animals I raise, so proper nutrient management is essential to what I do. I do this because it is the right thing to do and because it is in my best economic and self interest.

Farming is how I support my family, and I want them to have safe water, too. That is why I am committed to protecting our state’s waterways.

Jeff Duling



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