Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Grant to Manure Science Review Program

The annual Manure Science Review educates Ohio farmers on manure nutrient management. To further this effort, Ohio EPA awarded Ohio State University Extension a $5,000 environmental education grant to help fund this year’s event.

Conducted by The Ohio State University Extension, this year’s Manure Science Review (MSR) will be held in Darke County in August. MSR provides an educational field day with science-based information on best practices to approximately 200 farmers.

The program will include presentations on relevant issues including feeding strategies to reduce phosphorus in manure, methods for reducing nutrient runoff from cropland and technologies to utilize manure. Field demonstrations will illustrate practices and equipment that can reduce the risk of runoff, including field trials for cover crops, technologies for injecting liquid and solid manures, smoking drainage tile to illustrate preferential flow and manure application equipment calibration.

The MSR site is rotated to different regions of the state each year to reach new livestock producer audiences. The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Certified Livestock Manager program is providing continuing education hours for those attending. Other collaborators are the Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Shelby counties.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. In this grant cycle, six projects throughout the state were funded for $26,777.

The next grant application deadline is July 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by July 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873.

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