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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 […]

Monroe SWCD and county commissioners form new partnership

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Soil and Water Districts across the state work with other organizations on a daily basis. Our partnerships are one of the most valuable aspects of our agencies. When the Monroe County auditor needed assistance with inspecting properties on the Current Agricultural Use Value program, a partnership was formed with the Soil and Water District. For […]

Square foot gardening can be fruitful

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A funny, but prompting, story. My parents only live two houses away from me and my Dad puts out the most beautiful vegetable garden every year. The garden is definitely his pride and joy. Well, I was sitting on my pool deck and happened to look over at Dad’s garden (which he just got fully […]

If you want to see more ruffed grouse, we need the right kind of habitat

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ohio’s once grouse-friendly habitat is changing.

The secret life of a drainage ditch

Thursday, May 31, 2012

You’ve heard the saying that the value of land is based mainly on location, location, location. But after working for many years in a conservation district, I have come to believe that the value of land is also greatly affected by drainage, drainage, drainage. Many of the drainage systems landowners rely on have deteriorated over […]

Improve your pasture for happier cows

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sunnybow Farm has been in my family for the past 50 years. There have always been cattle grazing these pastures whether dairy or beef. Three years ago my husband, Zac and I took over the family farm. Ownership wasn’t the only change that was going to take place on this 65-acre farm. We had, and […]

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