Farmers and other citizens interested in learning more about the growing issue of algae in Ohio waters can participate in a Nov. 8 discussion by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

The program, titled “Make Your Land Work for You -- Tell Us What You Need and We’ll Tell You How” will include an in-depth look at algae in Ohio waters and why there is so much of it. The event runs 6-8 p.m. at 771 E. Main Street, Suite 101, Newark. It is free and open to the public.

“Phosphorus continues to be an issue statewide,” said Ted Wiseman, OSU Extension educator and program presenter. “Although algae haven’t been a large problem this year because of the drought, the issue is still one that needs to be examined.”

Greg LaBarge, OSU Extension educator and one of the leaders of the OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team also is a presenter.

The meeting also will include:

  • A discussion about how to make land more productive by a conservation expert who will offer advice on how to improve soil and offset some costs related to improving land productivity.
  • Information about how USDA supports Ohio agriculture through conservation efforts.
  • An update on agriculture and conservation legislative issues in Washington, D.C.