COLUMBUS – State Representative Craig Riedel (R-Defiance) applauds the state’s initiative to support local famers and minimize phosphorus runoff in Ohio’s waterways. The support comes through $30 million in H2Ohio funding to be made available to farmers in Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert counties, and 11 other northwest Ohio counties.
“Farmers in the 82nd House District deserve this support and I’m very excited to see how the governor’s initiative will benefit our community,” said Riedel. “Our farmers are working hard day in and day out to provide for us. It’s time they get shown this great support from our government.”
According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, H2Ohio will fund investments in 10 scientifically proven interventions to reduce nutrient runoff from agriculture, which is the primary cause for algal blooms.
“H2Ohio will provide farm-by-farm support to help farmers minimize phosphorus runoff while increasing profit over the long-run,” Governor DeWine said.
The following counties will be eligible to apply for funds at their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts starting on February 1, 2020: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and Wood.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture, in partnership with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative, will host informational meetings throughout February to outline the application process, explain the H2Ohio certification process and answer any questions.
For more information, contact Rep. Riedel’s office at (614) 644-5091 or email@example.com