Williams County SWCD hosts meeting on SB1 on Oct. 26


RSVP for dinner by Oct. 23

BRYAN – The Williams Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) extends an open invitation to all interested parties to attend a meeting on Senate Bill 1. “New Manure & Fertilizer Application Regulations & Restrictions…How Does It Affect You,” will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Williams SWCD Meeting Room in Bryan starting at 5 p.m. with a meal followed by the program.

Depending on current farming practices in place, the new Senate SB1 rules could easily have an effect on future farm operations.

Come hear John M. Schlichter, Deputy Director with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, as he explains how SB 1, which became effective July 1, 2015, affects future agricultural operations.

This program will an opportunity to get the answers from the person who knows. Schlichter was involved in many of the meetings and discussions leading to the outcome of SB 1, which sets the new regulations and restrictions for manure application for small and midsize livestock farms and fertilizer applications in all cropping systems applying commercial fertilizers.

Schlichter will discuss the restrictions on manure and fertilizer in effect now and will explain what these rules mean to each Ohio farmer as a producer and what steps can take now to comply with the new rules without interrupting individual production plans. He will also cover what options are available to spread and what is required to obtain a temporary exemption from the rules for a particular farm.

Mike Boff, Soil Conservation Technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has years of experience working with NRCS programs and many years of experience designing and developing plans for other operators. Boff can make common sense suggestions based on his experience that may save a farmer time, money and frustration. Boff will share his input, answer questions from the audience and may be available to look at a farm and make suggestions that were not considered before this new legislation.

Brian Barclay, Williams County NRCS District Conservationist, will explain what programs and federal assistance that may be coming available soon, what the requirements are to qualify for these programs and what records may be needed to better the chances of receiving the funding a farmer is applying for from the federal government.

The evening meal is sponsored by the Williams Soil and Water Conservation District. The meeting is also sponsored by the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative and the OSU Extension Office of Williams County.

The meeting will be held in the Williams SWCD meeting room at 1120 West High Street, Bryan, and starts at 5 p.m. Reservations are requested for the meal. For reservations, call the Williams SWCD at 419-636-2349, ext 3 by Friday, Oct. 23.

RSVP for dinner by Oct. 23