2016 SWCD Annual Reports

Logan Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Report - Serving Logan County's Conservation Needs for 73 Years

Logan SWCD serves the natural resource conservation needs of Logan County residents and landowners. We enthusiastically encourage you to give us a call or stop by the office to discuss your concerns or issues.

Logan SWCD hosts an Annual Meeting each year to elect supervisors to the Board.  Supervisors serve a three year term and receive no compensation for their service to the District.  Each year a Cooperator of the Year is chosen among our area farmers and conservationists.  The Cooperator of the Year is presented an award for their efforts to preserve, protect and enhance natural resources.  

Logan Soil and Water Conservation District 2016 Annual Financial Report

  • District Funds
  • Balance 1/1/2015 (includes change fund of $100.00)                                          107840.49
  • Income                                                                                                                    38074.64
  • Expenses                                                                                                                38130.25
  • Ending Balance 12/31/2016                                                                                  107784.88
  • Funds Committed to Education                                                                               16723.62
  • ODNR grant - restricted funds                                                                                     118.40
  • Funds remaining in District Funds                                                                           90942.86
  • Special (County) Funds
    Balance as of 1/1/2015                                                                                            64096.38
  • Income - County & State Match Funds                                                                  158758.00
  • Expenses                                                                                                               137534.69
  • Ending Balance 12/31/2016                                                                                     85319.69
  • Contingent Funds - vacation & sick leave estimated payouts                                  47670.00
  • Special Funds net ending balance                                                                           37649.69

2016 Conservation Programs and Technical Activities

The following conservation programs have provided funding for technical assistance and financial assistance for the implementation of conservation practices.  Logan Soil and Water Conservation District (Logan SWCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provide technical assistance.  Farm Service Agency administers USDA program with the exception of EQIP and CSP which is administered by NRCS.

Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) - 1 easement closed.

Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) - 4 Conservation Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP's) and 1 pasture contract, 3116.9 ac, $48,255.00.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) - 514 contracts, 4878 acres, $592,288.00 to Logan County producers.

The 2016 construction season has been very busy this year.  Several waterways that were not constructed in 2015 were completed along with new waterway applications.  Logan Soil and Water Conservation District worked to assist landowners to get conservation on the land by designing, surveying and laying out the waterways.

Waterways planned and installed - 27 projects, 70911 linear feet of waterway (13.43 miles)

Waterways Costs Estimate (Total) - $521,610.00.

Estimated tons of soil saved by the installation of waterways - 8627.6

Pond Site Investigations - 1

Pollution Abatement Investigations (Manure) - 6

Drainage Investigations - 4

Urban Site Reviews - 3

Logan SWCD 2016 Tree Sales - 3280 seedling, 29 wildflower packets and 51 tree shelters sold.  Left over seedlings were donated to Russells Point for ball park sites and restoration projects.

Cover Crop for Gardens Sale (mix) - 100 lbs sold.

Conservation Tillage Club Meeting - Logan Soil and Water Conservation District along with Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District, Logan County OSU Extension and Hardin County OSU Extension, conducted four conservation education meetings for landowners.  The meetings convened at the Plaza Inn, Mt.Victory in January, February and March with approximately 280 landowners attending the meetings, averaging 70 per meeting.  Area organizations and businesses assumed responsibility for the expenses of the provided breakfast buffet.  Topic presentation included "Increasing Soybean Yields", "Ag Law", "Farm Transitions and Leases", "Nutrient Management/Water Quality" and "Grain Marketing Outlook".

Logan Co Fair - The Logan Board of Supervisors thank those who visited our fair display which focused on nutrient management, cover crops and pollinators.  Special thanks to Logan County Farm Bureau and Logan County Electric Cooperative for providing space for our display.  While at the fair, Logan SWCD staff conducted hands on youth activities featuring soils profiles, soils components and soil facts.

Envirothon - Eleven Logan County high school teams participated in the Area 4 Envirothon at Chenoweth Trails in Darke County.  Logan County's teams participation is facilitated with financial support of Pheasants Forever Logan County Chapter #285.  Bill Fulton organizes and coordinates the high school teams training and participation on behalf of Logan SWCD.

Water Quality Testing - Logan SWCD and NRCS are fortunate to have George Feltham serving as an Earth Team Volunteer.  For the past 6 years, George and his team have conducted and recorded water quality data on various creeks and streams in Logan County.  This has been accomplished with the cooperation of landowners allowing the team to traverse private property to gain access to specific stream sites.

Top of Ohio Drive It Yourself Tour - the successful tour included Forsythe Farms, Wishwell Farms, Lyden Polypay Farm and a Farm to Table luncheon at Camp Wesley.  1000 Logan County students participated in the Ag School Day as a component of the tour.  Students learned about agriculture, farm animals, geology, conservation and erosion.  The students Ag Day also included a visit to Cramer's Dairy Farm and Camp Wesley.

Cover crop Meetings (spring, fall) - A spring breakfast meeting at Aunt Millie's Restaurant provided cover crop training.  The meeting focused on the impact of cover crops to watersheds.  The fall cover crop training at Southview Park included an aerial seeding test plot and discussion on the benefits of cover crops to soil health.  Participants enjoyed a cookout prior to the meeting.

Pasture Walk - Van Winkle Dairy, West Mansfield, Ohio hosted an evening pasture walk.  Topic presentation covered forage identification, fencing, pasture improvement and pasture management.

2016 Annual Meeting Overview

Logan Soil and Water Conservation District's Annual Banquet, September 8, 2016

Logan Soil and Water Conservation District held their annual banquet, September 8, 2016, convening at Winner Harvest Barn.  An election for a 3 year term on the Logan Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, commencing January 2017 also occurred.  The election was conducted in compliance with the specification for Board of Supervisors election as found in the Ohio Administrative Code, Chapter 1515-3, Elections.  David Knight and Mark Vernon were the candidates. Dave Knight was re-elected.  The Board of Supervisors extend their thanks and gratitude to Mark who willingly submitted his name for candidacy.

David and Gina Tighe, owners/operators of Tighe Farms, were recognized as the Logan Soil and Water's Cooperator of the Year.  Tighe Farms is a family dairy located in Bokes Creek Township.  The Tighe's are targeting a consumer market demanding hormone and antibiotic free products.  Their dairy herd is on a pasture based feeding program.  Good soil biology and forage stand improves the life and health of the herd resulting in a herd capable of producing quality milk without some of the challenges often familiar with a larger, more traditional dairy facility.  They minimize stresses on their herd by limiting the herd size, allowing the herd to be on pasture, assuring they have high quality forage and maintaining a pasture environment conducive to milk production.  They operate under the premise that a healthy cow is a happy cow and a happy cow is a productive cow.  David and Gina enrolled in USDA's Environmental Quality Incentive Program and Conservation Security Program to assist them planning and implementing conservation practices that preserve, protect and improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources.  Program participation and technical support have been provided by the United Stated Dept of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service and Logan SWCD staff.  The Tighe's conservation plan includes Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning, Grazing Management Planning, Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition and an Energy Management Plan.  Program participation facilitated the installation of over 10,000 feet of fence, 2300 feet of access road, 7.8 acres of forest stand improvement, windbreak renovation, brush piles for wildlife, 54 acres of cover crop and 56 acres of pasture planting.  Heavy use pads, hay storage, milk house waste water irrigation and watering systems were included in the planning, too.

Our meeting was held in conjunction with the Logan County Farm Bureau's annual meeting.  The District Board of Supervisors applaud the convenience and sensibility of the two Logan County agriculture entities cooperatively planning and executing their annual meetings.  The evening wasn't all business, the attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner and fellowship.  Thanks to all who showed their support and interest in Logan County's agriculture community.  We look forward to seeing you at next year's annual meeting.

Sincerely,

Logan Soil and Water District Board of Supervisors