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Teaching conservation for our future

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What happens when you pull a $20 bill out of your pocket and tell a classroom of 4th graders you will give them the money if they can tell you something they ate for breakfast that did not come from the soil? Of course everyone raises their hand because they think they can take the […]

Pasture walks give you great ideas

Friday, September 28, 2012

We have had great attendance throughout the summer for the Eastern Ohio Grazing Council pasture walks. The grazing council wants to make sure that we continue this success, so this is to update you on the scheduled pasture walks and to remind you to keep up on your fall pasture management. Depending on when you […]

Slug love is fascinating sight

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Look at those nasty things was my first reaction.’ But, then like staring at a train wreck, I found myself in awe of these slimy creatures. As my curiosity for the natural world has always been leading me forward to see new things, slugs, although not as striking as other species that inhabit this planet, […]

Drought caught you short on feed?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The drought of 2012 has caused many livestock producers to question the feed they have on hand or will be harvesting this fall. Will we have adequate quantity and quality to feed our animals? Will I be able to pay the added cost to supplement my livestock, or will I have to sell a portion […]

Protecting the soil from the air

Thursday, August 30, 2012

“Over 2300 acres of conservation on the ground in two days — this is definitely a worthwhile project!” That was the comment we heard at the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District board meeting last night from staff member Joe Christner, who coordinated our aerial cover crops program for the fourth year. We are proud […]

Tactics for coping with invasive plants

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Have you ever given any thought to invasive plants and the damage they do to the environment? I know I had not until I attended a workshop held by a local soil and water conservation district. I had known that certain plants were not native to Ohio and had been planted for a variety of […]

Why not donate to a conservation district?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Over the years in the soil and water conservation world in northeast Ohio, there has been at best, little attention given to marketing local SWCDs as logical places to donate money to when trying to think of a smart place to garner a IRS tax deduction for yourself. If you have received sound technical advice […]

Going for the gold takes dedication

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Every summer, Colleen Sharp spends hours in the water. Suiting up, then diving in, she hones her skills and technique like an athlete in training. She has inspired many, both young and old, with her dedication, drive and passion. Colleen has what it takes to be a champion … the conservation kind. In the spirit […]

Dry summer is a reminder to plan for the worst, be thankful for rain

Thursday, August 2, 2012

,My, how things change. It seems like just the other day (it was actually about Christmas time), I was writing an article about all the mud that we all were dealing with, and now we’re all looking for some relief from the record heat and near-drought conditions. Sure goes to show you that when it […]

Dry summer is a reminder to plan for worst, be thankful for rain

Friday, July 27, 2012

,As I sit here today thinking about what to write … I look out my office window to the brown grass. That’s when it came to me. Water, one of the most important resources to human survival, how do we deal with a shortage or drought? What are the potential consequences? I remember the drought […]

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