Crawford Soil & Water Conservation District
3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419)-562-8280
 

Welcome!

    Our mission is to encourage and assist the people of Crawford County in making decisions for the wise use of our natural resources to provide a quality environment for all.



Conservation Districts are locally organized self-governing bodies chartered by the State. Through voluntary action and cooperation of landowners (and other stake holders), the District works to conserve land, water, forest, wildlife and other related resources for the benefit of all.


 Bonus Payment Highlight of 2019 Lake Erie CREP Program Sign-Up
Producers can earn $200 per acre for certain practices

Crawford County will be participating in the 2019 United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) offers producers cash for conservation.

Do you have a ditch or stream running through your farm that needs a filter strip? How about that one area that’s hard to farm because it’s always wet?  The Crawford Soil and Water Conservation District is ready to help you evaluate how your bottom line and Lake Erie’s water quality can benefit by signing up for this program.

CREP is a federal conservation partnership with the state of Ohio designed to address agriculture-related environmental concerns. Participants receive financial incentives from USDA and the state of Ohio to voluntarily enroll environmentally sensitive cropland or pastureland in contracts for a period of 15 years.  In return for annual rental payments and financial incentives, participants convert the land to native grasses, trees and other conservation vegetation.

New for 2019 is the $200 bonus offered by the state of Ohio for all newly-enrolled filter strip and riparian area practices.  For current CREP participants with expiring contracts, re-enrolling and expanding the width of filter strips or riparian areas will earn you the bonus dollars on those new added acres all the while expanding the environmental protection of these practices.

The Lake Erie CREP is available in 27 Ohio counties including; Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot Counties.

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Ohio NRCS Announces Disaster Recovery Funding to
Plant Cover Crops on Flooded Cropland Acreage

COLUMBUS, June 28, 2019 – Extreme weather conditions like the recent excessive rains and tornados have negatively impacted Ohio farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $4 million to help Ohio agricultural producers recover.  Technical and financial assistance is now available to producers who were unable to plant their crops, or who have experienced crop loss due to flooded or wet fields. This sign-up is an opportunity for farmers to plant a cover crop.

“NRCS can be a valuable partner to help Ohio landowners with their agricultural recovery effort,” said State Conservationist Terry Cosby for NRCS in Ohio. “This special sign-up encourages farmers to plant cover crops to improve water quality and soil health, prevent soil erosion, and suppress weeds on areas not planted to crops.”

NRCS will utilize the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for this special disaster recovery sign-up.  EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production.

Cover crops provide an alternative to fields going fallow and remaining uncovered.  Cover crops also improve soil vitality by adding nutrients and organic matter. Many fields that are saturated for a long period of time face a loss of soil organisms. Cover crop roots reestablish soil health and create pathways for air and water to move through the soil, which is key to restoring it.

There are significant changes with cover crops and we want producers to be successful in their 2020 planting year.  Educational cover crop workshops and field days are readily available throughout Ohio to learn more.  Additional information is also available on the NRCS website and farmers.gov/prevented-planting.

Landowners should coordinate with other USDA farm agencies when participating in related programs.  It is a producer’s responsibility to work directly with their insurance agent and RMA to ensure they understand their policy.

To apply for this special EQIP opportunity, visit your local USDA Service Center.  Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2019 until funding is exhausted.