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Agriculture 

Lorain County Conservation District is dedicated to serving the agricultural community of Lorain County. If we can be of any assistance, please contact our office at 440-326-5800.

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Cover Crops

Cover Crops can provide many benefits such as erosion protection, improved water quality, weed suppression, reduced compaction, increased yield potential, improved soil structure 

Open application period for EQIP & CSP 

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Applications are now being accepted for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  Application deadlines are February 16, 2024 and April 5, 2024, respectively.  These programs, administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), are designed to help producers and landowners improve conservation efforts on land that they own or manage.

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What can EQIP & CSP do for you?

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  • offset costs of conservation efforts

  • provide landowners with guidance to conduct activities using best management practices

  • create habitat for wildlife

  • improve timber production in woodlands

  • create infrastructure to support rotational grazing and confined animal operations

  • integrate cover crops into crop production systems

  • extend the growing season for specialty crops using high tunnels

  • and much more! 

Check out the Conservation at Work video series online (Conservation at Work Video Series | Farmers.gov) to see examples of activities that NRCS programs support.

NRCS and partner staff can help you to identify natural resource concerns and discuss ideas for improvement.

The Lorain County NRCS office can be reached at 440-323-5648, extension 3. You may also visit in person at the Lorain SWCD/NRCS office located at 42110 Russia Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

Wildlife habitat questions can be directed to the local Farm Bill Biologist, Abby Prieur, at 330-577-3804.

Agricultural Pollution Abatement Program

The statewide standards for farming and animal feeding operations are found in Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 901:13-1. The purpose of these standards is to reduce pollution of waters of the state by soil sediment, animal manure and residual farm products. 

Common violations of these rules include:

  • Overflow and discharge from animal manure collection, storage or treatment facilities,

  • Manure contaminated runoff from feedlots and manure management facilities,

  • Pollution from other waste waters, such as milk house waste water or silage leachate,

  • Excessive erosion

  • Pollution occurring from the land application of manure 

  • Improper composting of animal mortality

 

If you have an agricultural pollution related concern please contact our office at 440-326-5800 or the ODA's APAP Administrator 614-265-6691.

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Other Resources

to help guide your vision...

 This book is intended to assist urban farmers, growers, and their advisers in managing risk and planning for the increased success and stability of their urban agriculture ventures. The information in this guidebook is for educational use. The guidebook includes introductory information about some of the regulations relevant to urban agriculture. 

Learn about:

• Open Burning

• Line Fence

• Drainage and Water

• Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV)

• Zoning and Land Use

• Eminent Domain
• Dog Laws

• Oil and Gas Leasing

• Trespassing and Landowner Liability

• Boundary Disputes, Trees, and Property Rights & More!

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