Brownfield Ag News reports that the field day which was put on by the SWCD of Hardin County and Putnam County, OSU Extension, The Unites States Department of Agriculture, and Ohio Department of Agriculture, was focused around keeping soil and nutrients in the ground and not letting farm chemicals get into the watersheds. Jerry McBride, the Chairman of the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District says the county had visitors from all over the state.
“The different groups of people were here and where they were from. We’re talking people from Williams County, Cleveland, Erie and Huron Counties, Columbus, Preble County, we’re talking people from all over the state, a fantastic day.” Said McBride.
McBride also says that the county’s best management practices are fairly new to the area.
“We in Hardin County, we like to be proactive, we look into some newer stuff. We don’t jump into everything or stuff off the wall or anything. We look into some newer practices like the two stage ditch. When we put that first one in that was kind of new to the Northwest Ohio area and the Lake Erie watershed. Indiana and Minnesota have done a few but that’s something we have to look at and every little thing that we can do helps clean up the water that leaves Hardin is cleaner for everyone else down stream and we are at the top of the Watershed.” McBride stated.
McBride said that he hopes that people understand that farmers and Soil and Water Conservation Districts are doing their part to solve the water issues. He says nobody truly knows the full answer but if they all collaborate, and do a little bit, it will all add up.