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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Hancock County Agency
The Ohio State University Extension Office in Hancock County will use a $38,500 Ohio EPA Environmental Education grant to educate farmers about the environmentally preferable method of incorporating liquid manure to fertilize growing crops. It is one of four grant recipients statewide totaling $168,458.
Hancock County Extension will use at least 12 demonstration plots in the Lake Erie Western Basin to show liquid manure incorporation equipment and how to incorporate manure into a growing corn crop using a drag hose system. Liquid livestock manure will be applied to emerged corn fields and incorporated during the application process. This method allows for better update of nutrients by the growing crop and reduces runoff compared with the practice of applying nutrients to bare ground at the end of the growing season.
The nitrogen in the livestock manure will replace the commercial nitrogen the farmers normally purchase. Farmers will be encouraged to leave strips for applied commercial nitrogen in each field to serve as a side-by-side comparison. OSU Extension and Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District personnel will present the information at various winter educational meetings and field days after the 2018 crop season ends and the demonstration plot information is collected and summarized.
OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses.
For the next round of grants, electronic letters of intent must be submitted by July 9 and completed applications are due July 16. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (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.