12/9/14
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Ohio EPA Awards $42,000 Environmental Education Grant to OSU Extension for Manure Application Research

Expanding the manure application window into late spring and early summer will benefit crops and reduce runoff of nutrients that contribute to harmful algal blooms in Ohio surface waters. A $42,000 Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant from Ohio EPA to the Ohio State University Extension Service will help fund on-farm demonstration plots in seven western and northwestern Ohio counties.

Ten grants were awarded statewide for $269,334.

The grant will fund on-farm demonstration projects with livestock producers to demonstrate the application of liquid livestock manure to growing crops for better uptake of nutrients and reduced runoff to local streams compared to manure applications to bare ground after the growing season.

Three new technologies will be used to apply manure to growing wheat and corn in side-by-side comparison to commercial fertilizer. The plots will demonstrate the economic and environmental value of applying manure to growing crops as a method of better capturing the nitrogen, phosphorus and potash in liquid swine and dairy manure.

OSU Extension is working with producers in Darke, Fulton, Hancock, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam and Seneca counties.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional associations, businesses and state and local governments.

The next grant application deadline is Jan. 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by Jan. 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (614) 644-2873.

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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.


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