2009-03-14 / News

Nominations sought for farm conservation award

COLUMBUS - Ohio's largest industry - agriculture - is also the largest land user in the state. Nearly 60 percent of Ohio's land area is used for crop production and pasture. Not surprisingly, farming has a big impact on the state's land, water, woodland and wildlife resources. The key to maintaining a balance between this important industry's contribution to Ohio's economy and the environment is conservation and wise resource management.

Begun in 1984, the Conservation Farmer Awards Program recognizes farm families who are doing an outstanding job of managing natural and human resources in such a way as to meet the twin goals of production and conservation. The awards program is coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Conservation (DSWC) and co-sponsored by Ohio Farmer magazine and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Nomination forms can be obtained from:

• Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts;

• DSWC website http://www. ohiodnr.com/H_Nav2/OFFICESSWCDS/ SWCDForms/tabid/ 18738/Default.aspx;

• the county Ohio Farm Bureau Federation office, PO Box 182383, Columbus, OH 43212- 2383

• Ohio Farmer magazine, 117 W. Main St., Suite 202, Lancaster, OH 43130.

Nominations must be received by May 1, and are to be sent to Ohio Farmer magazine.

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