COLUMBUS, OH, Feb. 13, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer a new opportunity for Ohio agricultural producers to improve water quality in the Indian Lake Watershed. The watershed encompasses parts of Auglaize, Hardin and Logan Counties.
NRCS conservation professionals will provide technical assistance to help farmers, with approved applications, determine which conservation actions will provide the greatest environmental benefits to improve water quality. Utilizing effective nutrient management will help to reduce nutrients and sediment from entering Indian Lake. Cover crops keep the ground covered to prevent soil erosion, trap nutrients, and improve soil health.
To help install these conservation practices, NRCS will provide financial assistance to approved applicants through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers protect the environment while promoting agricultural production. With EQIP, NRCS conservation experts provide technical assistance to implement environmentally beneficial conservation practices on working agricultural land.
Individuals interested in applying for the Indian Lake Special Cover Crop Initiative should make an appointment with the local NRCS conservationist as soon as possible (project area map). To learn more about EQIP or other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or visit your local USDA Service Center.