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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 […]

A fair is an opportunity for lessons

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Does time fly when you’re having fun, or is it that you’re just so busy you don’t realize where the time went? Either way, summer is my favorite time of the year. Yes, it’s hot, but I admit I love it. I enjoy the sunshine, afternoon thunderstorms, birds chirping, lightning bugs, and fields of green. […]

Conservation begins in our backyards

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Aldo Leopold once said, “Conservation is the state of harmony between men and land.” The coexistence between the two is often threatened and even diverted into a clash of oppositions and misunderstandings. Who’s right? With various opinions on how to “preserve” our world’s resources, how are we as a population supposed to know who has […]

Don’t develop nature deficit disorder

Thursday, July 5, 2012

It was way back in 1994 that I can account for an “aha!” moment that defined just how I would continue to plan the environmental education programs from that point on for the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Finding Researchers say that although it may not appear in the shape of a light bulb […]

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