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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.

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 – Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the applicable deadline. July 15 is a major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county and by crop.

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 – The USDA is investing up to $5 million in the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program (WMBP), a grant program that supports the development of mitigation banks for use by agricultural producers seeking to maintain eligibility for USDA programs. Funds are available to Tribes, government entities, nonprofits, and other organizations.

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2021 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the Pandemic Assistance initiative announced in March, USDA pledged to continue Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments and to provide aid to producers and businesses left behind. Implementation of the assistance announced today will continue within 60 days to include support to timber harvesters, biofuels, dairy farmers and processors, livestock farmers and contract growers of poultry, assistance for organic cost share, and grants for PPE.