Ohio bill to require certification to apply fertilizer

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The Ohio House of Representative approved Senate Bill 150 (SB 150), a bill that will now require one farmer per farm operation to be certified to apply fertilizer. 

“The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) have always taken the quality of Ohio’s water very seriously,” said Brent Hostetler, OCWGA president and Madison County farmer. “Both organizations have worked together through the entire process of this bill to assure that it addresses environmental needs but does not include overly burdensome requirements for Ohio family farmers.”

“Moving forward, both organizations will continue to emphasize to legislators and agency officials the importance of practical, science-based solutions,” said Hostetler. 

Jerry Bambauer, OSA president and Auglaize County farmer, emphasized the need to fully understand this challenge before solutions can be implemented. 

“No one has a clear understanding of how exactly phosphorus is moving through the soil profile, or can explain why there are algae blooms in areas that don’t have agricultural activity near them,” Bambauer said. 

For this reason, the Ohio Soybean Council, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, and many others are supporting a $2 million research project with more than $1 million coming from Ohio farmers and other agricultural companies, that will measure edge-of-field phosphorus runoff and will show how phosphorus is used in agriculture, how it leaves farm fields and how much of it is actually entering Ohio’s waterways. 

“Farmers are already applying important nutrient management practices, like soil testing and using the 4R principles of nutrient management (right source, right rate, right time and right place), Bambauer said. “We’re all committed to doing our part to find solutions for the health of Ohio’s waterways.”

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Jacksonville, IL  |  April, 10, 2014 at 04:35 PM

How about requiring each homeowner to be certified for application of fertilizer. More improper use of fertilizer occurs on a homeowner's lawn than on a 20 ac crop field.

Bill Stanley    
Texas  |  April, 11, 2014 at 08:37 AM

Then, the authoritarian government will require a permit to be issued before each application that dictates the types and amounts of fertilizers. newsandopinions dot net

Out West  |  April, 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM

The Marxist Party, aka, Democrats, is out to destroy capitalism, including small, independent farmers. They want us dependent on the huge, fascist-owned corporate farms and the Third World for our food. Wake up, America, before it's too late. The Democrat Party is NOT what it used to be, and they are NOT our friends.

SD  |  April, 13, 2014 at 03:47 PM

Don't they already have to be trained in safety to apply chemicals? Or is it just in some states? A few years ago, I believe Farm Bureau published numbers on how much chemical was used on farms compared with lawns, city parks, etc., and golf courses. I believe farm use was far less than the others. And how little 'training or regulation' is required for any of those other users? Really, the home use, and maybe local governments' use of chemicals seems more frightening, due to the lack of accountability by those applying such chemials.

IL  |  April, 14, 2014 at 07:02 PM

I was at a meeting Farm Bureau hosted about soil test. The person talked about proper nutrient application for farms. Most farms shorted nutrients for crops. Most soils are deficient in fertility. But he did show a person in a local town. Name blacked out. who soil test was over 2200 - P2O5, 6000 - K20. The person complained his grass looked sick. No wonder, It was dying ! Too much fertilizer

SD  |  April, 14, 2014 at 08:25 PM

The claim of (paraphrasing, not direct quote of previous commenter) small farmers being controlled by 'corporate farms' is ludicrous! FACT: about 98% of US farms are family owned. That means they are FAMILY farms, NOT corporate farms!

Kansas  |  April, 15, 2014 at 06:51 AM

The govenor, House and Senate are controlled by Republicans in Ohio.

Jerry Bremer    
Nebraska  |  April, 15, 2014 at 09:51 AM

The Central Platte Natural Resource District has required Nitrogen application licenses for almost twenty years. Each 40 acres in the beginning and now every 80 acres requires a 3 foot sample be taken also a irrigation water sample must be turned in for each registered well. Twice a year forms must be submitted to verify amounts of Nitrogen applied and then used as a planning tool for the coming years crop. Most of the soils in the Platte Valley have been accumulated here over centuries of flooding so often there are 4-6 different soil types in every 40 acres. We have a 160 acre field that was grid sampled has 8 different soil types ranging from a Valentine sand ph of 4.5 to the other side of the field being a black muck with a ph of 8.3. Soil organic levels vary from .6 to 3.8. These fields require grid sampling and VRA application of Lime and Fertilizer to adequately supply nutrients need in the right amounts in the right areas of the field. Its about time eastern states get with the program and put on adequate but not excessive fertilizer applications that is monitored by someone else. The only thing with this happening is it doesn't help my discrimination suit!!

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