The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has recently approved $13.6 million in grant funding for Farmers for Soil Health — a collaboration between National Corn Growers Association, United Soybean Board, National Pork Board and NFWF.
In Ohio, The Nature Conservancy partnered with Ohio Corn & Wheat, the Ohio Soybean Council, and Ohio Pork Council to secure more than $1 million of those funds to advance conservation practices in Ohio. And you can be a part of it.
By engaging experienced farmers, independent crop advisors, and soil and water conservation district staff, and leveraging statewide public networks, this program provides technical assistance to farmers in Ohio. The project can support enrollment of 65,000 acres of cover crop to more than 300 farmers.
Cover crops protect soil health and keep nutrients where they are needed most — on your ground. The practices are voluntary, incentivized, and help you keep your on-field investments where you put them, not in the waterways.
The success of this program will be measured by both its usefulness to growers and reduced amounts of excess nutrients running off of fields.
This program is still in the very early stages of development, but we will keep you updated with all the most important information as it becomes available.
Enrollment is now open! To learn more and sign up, visit www.farmersforsoilhealth.com.