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Remember: “bee” polite to pollinators

Thursday, January 20, 2011

With the threat of flurries and the temperature threatening to drop below freezing, you’re probably not thinking about bees. Most of us won’t waste a thought on them until that first buzzing bee insists we share our refreshing glass of sweet tea. But before you decide not to share and swat that pest with authority, […]

Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project proves successful

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project is successful The idea set forth to Holmes SWCD and others was relatively straightforward, yet innovative. The Alpine Cheese Company in Holmes County needed to expand its production to meet the market demands of Jarlsberg Cheese, of which they are the sole manufacturer in the U.S. In […]

Reflections on 2010, hopes for 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

As I sit here in front of my computer, my fingers hovering over the keys impatiently waiting for my brain to come up with a topic to write about, I started to reflect upon all that has happened in the past year. This year has been especially difficult for many of the soil and water […]

The New Deal was the real deal

Thursday, December 30, 2010

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” When Franklin D. Roosevelt used these words in the first hundred days of 1933, he was introducing the U.S. to a new way of thinking. In the previous few years, […]

Trying to build agriculture’s future in Carroll County

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Agriculture is the number one industry in Carroll County and Ohio — and Carroll County residents are working to ensure its future. But it takes collaboration and input from all.

We need to protect our streams

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I remember as a kid the best part of our family reunion was catching “crawdads” with my cousins in the creek. I didn’t know it at the time, but crayfish were an indicator of the quality of water in that small creek. I was more worried about whether I was going to get pinched or […]

Soil, what an amazing resource!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

OK I admit it … I love soil. I know that kind of makes me a freak (at least that what my wife tells me), but I’m not alone. If you talk with just about any Soil and Water employee or board member, you’ll find an infectious love of soil and a passion to conserve […]

Landowners: Ask before you build

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Landowners in Ohio are experiencing site development problems associated with building on mine land. These problems can lead to expensive repairs or demolition of the building due to total structural failure when settling occurs, landslides develop or mine gases are encountered. As rural areas are developed for residential and/or recreational purposes, abandoned mine land is […]

We’re from the government and we’re here to help you with regulations

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In these days of more regulations and unfunded mandates, communication and cooperation between landowners, developers and governmental agencies is more important than ever. Not only does this communication and cooperation take the guesswork out of what is required, but also it can build partnerships and good working relationships. Lots of steps For instance, in Jefferson […]

Fencing ideal for averting garden pests

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fences. They not only make good neighbors, but they also make excellent protectors for your garden or small crop that is less than one acre in size. They work to protect your crop from those pesky vermin like deer, rabbits, groundhogs, raccoons and even your neighbor’s goats. There are many types of fences to choose […]

Moving to the country takes foresight

Thursday, October 28, 2010

By Lee Carl Finley For many, moving to the country is the fulfillment of a life’s dream. Having worked for 30, 35 or 40 years in a factory or a corporate office, many see moving to the country as their reward for all their hard work. Others may see moving to the country as a […]

What’s the big deal about trees anyway?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This is my first contribution to Farm and Dairy on behalf of the Portage Soil and Water Conservation District. With less than a month in my new position as stormwater educator, it was difficult to come up with a substantive topic. Then, I started compiling a tree list for the 2011 spring tree sale, and […]

Redoximorphic what?? Soil judging is more than collection

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Do you all know what type of soil is beneath your feet? Do you know if it’s well drained, primarily silt loam, depth to the water table, etc…? These are all things that should be taken into consideration before roads are constructed, houses are built, or most anything. Soil is the foundation of all that […]

A pond is not always just a pond

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Since the earliest civilizations, societies have wrestled with a love/hate relationship with the “almighty agua.” We are no exception. In countless ways, we are absolutely dependent on this magical and ever-changing substance. Water fills our cells, flows through our veins and in short, enables us to live. Yet water can also bring us severe hardship, […]

Soil and water supervisors needed

Thursday, September 30, 2010

As fall is fast approaching many soil and water districts are planning their annual meetings. This means they are looking for qualified candidates to run for their board of supervisors. Each district has five board members, and they are elected for three-year terms. The election takes place at the SWCD’s annual meeting. Residents and landowners […]

Why would you want to kill a tree?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What is girdling? When I first heard the term a long time ago, I thought it had to do with woman’s clothing apparel. Of course, I learned and I now know that girdling is a forest improvement practice of cutting off a tree’s “blood flow” in order to end the tree’s life. But why? The […]

Soil and dirt are different things

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I did not come up with the name for this column; The Dirt on Conservation. I don’t know about you but I do NOT conserve dirt at my house. Actually, I resent the time I spend cleaning to get rid of it! There are many other things I would rather be doing like working in […]

Do you have rare plants on your property?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Do you have rare plants? And what do you do if you have them? These questions will be answered Sept. 18 at the Medina County SWCD Annual Meeting. Guest speaker Judy Semroc, a field representative in the Conservation Outreach Program of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will explain how they help landowners wishing to […]

Local food initiatives can help to reconnect consumers to the land

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Recently, at the farmers market, a woman rushed over to me excitedly, seeking out the vendor with the fresh eggs that her friend had told her about. “She told me the yolks were deep yellow, and the eggs were the best she had ever tasted! How does he grow them?” she went on to ask. […]

Program helps plant cover crops

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Locally led conservation programs — they’re what Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors dedicate their time and talents to. SWCDs are governed by five publicly elected volunteer board members, or supervisors, as they are sometimes called. They set the direction for the district based on that county’s conservation needs. The Holmes SWCD aerial cover crop […]

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