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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to OSU Extension in Hancock County
An Ohio State University Extension project in Hancock County will demonstrate how to reduce nutrient runoff during the growing season with assistance from a $40,000 Ohio EPA environmental education grant. Eight grants were awarded statewide for $264,361.
The grant will support on-farm demonstration plots in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Shelby counties that show the application of liquid swine and dairy manure to growing crops such as wheat and corn as a method to capture the nitrogen, phosphorus, potash and micro-nutrients. Applying manure to crops in May and June will result in less manure being applied late in the fall when there are no crops growing to capture the manure nutrients. The goal is to reduce runoff of nutrients to ditches and local streams.
The project includes a summer field day and winter educational meeting to share demonstration plot results with local farmers and livestock operators.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.