Farm runoff bill discussed at ag forum

State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) spoke about the benefits of Senate Bill 150 yesterday at the monthly Auglaize County Ag Breakfast.

The bill, which is jointly sponsored by Hite and Senator Bob Peterson (R-Sabina), was designed to address agricultural nutrient runoff into Ohio waterways and algae problems in Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Erie.

To address these problems, the bill would mandate that farmers who apply fertilizer on more than 50 acres of contiguous land must attend a new education and certification program that would give them additional information about fertilizer and nutrient use and practices. Those who would make applications of fertilizer on land parcels under 50 acres would be exempt from the certification requirement.

As the bill stands now, it would require farmers to attain fertilizer certification once every three years.

“I know you guys don’t like it when we do anything, let alone regulate,” Hite said, speaking to the farmers in attendance, “but this was something we felt we had to do.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March 19 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.