Area farmers invited to winter workshop

BATAVIA, OH (Feb. 6, 2020) — Local farmers are invited to attend the Agricultural Resources Winter Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Feb. 20, at Southern State Community College’s Mt. Orab campus. The workshop is being coordinated by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in Clermont, Brown, Highland and Clinton counties in collaboration with Ohio State University Extension.

“This is a good time of year to give farmers an update new and existing programs and resources available in the region,” said John McManus, district administrator for Clermont SWCD.

A new online resource, entitled the Southwest Ohio Agricultural Conservation Menu (SOACM), will be presented, along with recommendations and resources for improving nutrient management using effective precision agricultural technologies. Information on mental health programs for farmers, and updates on the new H2Ohio Initiative and local water quality monitoring efforts.

“There is a big push at the state level to ensure clean and safe water for all Ohioans, and we’ll discuss which programs are available to help landowners and communities reduce water pollution at the local level,” McManus added.

The Brown County Farm Bureau will provide breakfast. There is no charge to attend. Online registration is available:

For more information, call Becky McClatchey of Clermont SWCD at (513)-732-7075.