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Time to check for damage and search for trappers to deal with fur bearers

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ohio fur trapping season is around the corner. The season begins Nov. 10 and runs until Jan. 31, 2013, except for otters and beavers — that season starts Dec. 26 and ends Feb. 28. Now is the time to get out and scout for damage from those pesky little fur bearers. If you’re a farmer […]

So, exactly what is conservation?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

So, I get this e-mail from Tracy Haney, Tuscarawas SWCD, that says would you mind writing me an article for the Farm and Dairy (it can be anything on conservation). My first reaction is that’s a pretty big, open-ended subject, and where should I begin. This shouldn’t be a problem, as I spent my career […]

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 […]

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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