Tech helps farmers with water quality efforts

Water quality is getting a lot of attention in Ohio, due to algal blooms in Lake Erie. The governor has created the H2Ohio initiative, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. Farmers now have a new tool to help them with best practices in managing their farms, thanks to an app developed by the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI).

“OACI was created to bring together new partnerships to create a certification program that’s valuable to farmers and protects Ohio’s water quality,” said Kris Swartz, northwest Ohio farmer and OACI chair. “Enrolling only takes a few minutes and the mobile app makes it easy for farmers to enroll when it is most convenient for them. After enrolling, farmers will be part of the OACI Certification Program and will be eligible to become certified in 2021.” more

source: Ohio’s Country Journal, Nov. 2020