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Current Cost Share Programs


Ohio Working Land Buffers Cost Share Program 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District is providing funding for new assistance programs for farmers to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. The Ohio Working Lands program will encourage producers to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible crop land. The program will promote conversion, establishment and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres.

 

Paulding SWCD office staff will assist landowners on putting together a plan for installing these buffers. Landowners will be eligible to receive up to $120/acre for a 5-year contract. The goal of the program is to reduce nutrients entering Ohio waterways to lessen harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Funding is available to farmers installing conservation practices that benefit water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Program enrollment officially kicks off for Ohio farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin on June 15th. Farmers will be able to sign up for the program at their local soil and water conservation district. 

 

Ohio Working Lands Buffer Information Flyer

 

For more information please contact the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District

 

Phone: 419-399-4771

Email: paulding@pauldingswcd.org

 


Ohio Working Land Small Grains Cost Share Program

The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program is a voluntary program that will encourage producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to plant small grains such as wheat, barley, oats, or cereal rye on eligible cropland. As the “working lands” name implies, participants must plant and harvest small grains, land apply manure, and plant a cover crop to receive a cost-share payment to help offset operating costs. The program benefits the planting of small grains not only for the conservation benefits, but to provide livestock producers with a longer application window to land apply manure and nutrients.

The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program will fall under the umbrella of the Ohio Working Lands Program. Local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) will manage the program sign-up, verification of eligibility, and crop establishment. Soil tests and records of manure analysis and application will be required to be submitted to the SWCD as well.

Producers interested in the program should contact Paulding SWCD to learn how to sign up. 

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