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Wayne county tops the list on 2022 Sandhill crane population survey.

The General CRP Signup 58 ran from Jan. 31 to March 11, 2022.   Producers are encouraged to learn about the other CRP programs.

Read about fishing opportunities in central Ohio by Division of Wildlife. Now is the perfect time to fish.

Why native plants are important and celebrated.

Pastures for Profit program will be offered as a virtual course again this year during March and April 2022. Anyone interested in pasture management and forage production is welcome to join the course.

Different birds get by winter in different ways - and you can help.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2022 – Agricultural producers and landowners can sign up soon for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a cornerstone conservation program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a key tool in the Biden-Harris Administration effort to address climate change and achieve other natural resource benefits. The General CRP signup will run from Jan. 31 to March 11, and the Grassland CRP signup will run from April 4 to May 13.

Landowners can help quail rebound after a blizzard.

Madison County Farmland Preservation Program

As you’re planning for 2022 production, consider some conservation practices that can help make your land and livestock more resilient to drought and benefit your bottom line.

Landowners can help increase quail populations by providing winter cover. This article explains winter cover and some resources to help landowners establish winter cover on their property.

Do you have resource concerns on your land? NRCS conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) and Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA), can help. While NRCS accepts program application year-round, you should apply by your state’s program-specific ranking dates to be considered in this funding cycle.

The following is an update on the bird illness that has been impacting certain species of songbirds across Ohio.

When, Where, How, Why to Collect Milkweed Pods

There’s a place you can go to discover such things as:
• How grazing goats can help control invasive plants in your woods.
• How to call turkeys, identify frogs, stock your pond with the best types of fish, and grow your own edible mushrooms in a bucket.
• How and when to harvest timber, and what today’s volatile lumber prices can mean for you and your woods.
• How to identify the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species new to Ohio that can damage your fruit and shade trees and grape vines.
If you want to learn more about woods, water, wildlife, and grazing lands—and walk among them while you do it—check out the Gwynne Conservation Area at this year’s Farm Science Review.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted 2.8 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in 2021. This year, almost 1.9 million acres in offers have been accepted through the General CRP Signup, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has accepted over 897,000 acres for enrollment through the Continuous Signup. The Continuous Signup remains open and CRP Grasslands Signup closed last week, so USDA expects to enroll more acres into all of CRP than the 3 million acres that are expiring.

A bow hunt lottery for scenic river properties in Madison and Union counties is coming up on August 26th! Please see the press release and share with all who may be interested.

Grants for wetland projects

SWCD Board of Supervisor Election Notice

How to vote in the SWCD election

It has been observed that songbirds in Ohio are being affected by a disease outbreak. The primary species affected at this time are blue jays, common grackles, European starlings, American robins, and house sparrows. No definitive cause(s) of illness or death have been determined at this time. We advise that people please stop feeding birds until further notice, and take down and clean bird feeders and birdbaths with 10% bleach solution, particularly if they are seeing sick/dead birds in their area (as recommended by USGS). Doing these things can help slow the spread of the disease.

NRCS Plant Materials Centers evaluate and release new plants to the public. Find out more about how our wildflowers and legumes benefit insect and pollinator populations and how you can help establish and protect pollinator habitat.