Jeff Boike took home top honors at this years’ 76th Annual Meeting by being named the 2018 Cooperator of the year by the Highland SWCD supervisors and staff. Boike was selected due to his devotion to agricultural and the determination to improve soil health and water quality throughout his farming operation. He served 12 outstanding years as an SWCD Supervisor and has helped with the installation of various conservation practices throughout Highland County. Boike is a well-respected leader in the agricultural industry and serves as an example of how to incorporate best management practices that will protect our natural resources.
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Cover Crop Field Day Planned
The Highland SWCD and the Highland County Farm Bureau have partnered together to host a field day to uncover the importance of planting cover crops. The event has been scheduled for August 21, 2019 at Brown Farms in Highland County. Information will provided on the importance of improving soil health and reducing cost inputs while capturing nutrients for a long-term investment. This field day will offer a unique on-site opportunity for landowners to carefully consider all cover crop options that can be implemented to advance their farming operation.
2019 Highland County Farm Tour
The Highland SWCD and the Highland County Farm Bureau are excited to announce that plans for the 6th Annual Highland County Farm Tour are underway! Please mark your calendars for the tentative date of September 14, 2019 for this years Tour! This event will showcase farms in the community and allow people the opportunity to learn first hand by visiting their facilities. Once the event is finalized, we will post information on the farm stops on the SWCD and Farm Bureau websites. Visit www.highlandswcd.com or www.ofbf.org/counties/highland periodically for more details.
Walker Named The District Conservationist
Delwyn (Lee) Walker was recently named the District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for Highland and Adams County on January 7, 2019. Lee grew up in Greenfield, OH and began his career with NRCS by being an Earth Team Volunteer in Ross County in 2005. He then worked as a Student WAE at the Highland NRCS office for a couple of years, until he was hired on with NRCS as a Soil Conservationist in the Fall of 2007 and accepted a position in Auglaize County. Lee spent two years working in Auglaize County and then was transferred to Mercer County, where he worked two more years. He was then named the Resource Conservationist for NRCS in Adams/Highland County where he has spent the past six years. Lee and his wife Dorothy have two children, Addy and Lukas and he has enjoyed being able to settle down close to where he grew up. Lee is excited to serve at the District Conservationist and begin a new chapter in his life. He has worked on a wide variety of projects and is passionate about his job. Feel free to give Lee a call or stop by the office to discuss your conservation needs.
Southwest Ohio Agricultural Conservation Menu
The Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Brown, Clermont, Clinton and Highland counties are working together to collect producer input to develop a new website, the Southwest Ohio Agricultural Conservation Menu (SOACM), to share information on conservation programs and technical services that are available locally to advance farming practices. The SOACM website will be a one-stop clearinghouse for all conservation programs. The site will include information and regular updates on watershed health and local water quality monitoring efforts. The intent of the SOACM website is to provide local farmers with the services and information they need to choose the right agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) that can advance their farming operations and provide protection for local rivers and lakes. Focus group meetings will be held in the spring to prioritize public input on the needed content of the website. The site will also include additional features, including access to locally-developed resources and interactive modules to facilitate information sharing between landowners and producers. The final version of SOACM is planned to be launched near the end of the year, so stay tuned!
NEW GRAZING CONCEPT
A new grazing concept provides the opportunity for farms to convert fescue to perennial native grasses, to allow a unique grazing technique that will increase water quality, improve soil health, and provide wildlife habitat. This conversion concept is featured in the national Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) project through USDA, NRCS that will assist eligible livestock producers to implement conservation practices to address habitat loss without taking their land out of production. If you would like more information on the WLFW program you may contact the NRCS or SWCD office at 937-393-1922 x 3.
All Highland Soil and Water Conservation District programs and services are offered on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.