Thursday, August 28, 2014

Officer Changes

Thanks John!

Outgoing President John Hug accepts a State of Ohio clock from CAP Coordinator Todd Hesterman
Outgoing President John Hug stands with Secretary/Treasurer Bill Houtz, CAP Coordinator Todd Hesterman, Assistant Secretarty/Treasurer Josh Keiffer and President-Elect Kenny Schilling.  Incoming President Wayne Noffsinger is not pictured

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 Cover Crop

The CAP Board of Trustees approved a 2014 Cover Crop program and will be accepting applications for planting a cover crop during the 2014 growing season (July-October). This is a one-time offer. Producer agrees to plant up a minimum of 20 acres of a cover crop, will be reimbursed $25 per acre or a maximum payment of $500. This program is open to all producers on a first come serve basis.   Applications will be accepted from July 21, 2014 thru September 30, 2014.  Applications can be found here.

Any specific questions contact CAP at 419-354-5517.

Program is limited to 400acres or 20 applicants.  All Applications should be forwarded to:


1616 East Wooster Street; Box 32

Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CAP Great Lakes Commission Grant – Brush Creek Watershed (Henry, Fulton & Williams Counties)

CAP is seeking farmers in the Brush Creek Watershed, to install sediment reduction practices. If you own land or farm in this watershed you are eligible for cost share cover crops and buffer strips.

Sign-up for both programs is limited (see the information below).  To verify your land is in the watershed contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District: Henry SWCD-419-592-2926; Fulton SWCD-419-337-9217; Williams SWCD-419-636-9395. Below is summary of how the program will work and the funds available for each practice enrolled in the program.

 ·         Cover Crops plus and erosion reduction incentive: 500 acres are to be established each of the program years. Producers signed up and approved in the Brush Creek Watershed within Fulton, Henry and Williams Counties. This grant will target 20 producers each year so a total of 60 producers will be enrolled under the 3 year program. Each producer will be allowed up to 25 acres and be paid a flat rate of $35 per acre. Added to this payment will be an erosion reduction payment of $4/acre per Ton of soil saved or a maximum incentive of $300 per producer. Therefore a producer that establishes a cover crop will be eligible to receive $1,175 for a 25 acre of cover crop.

 ·         Buffer strips plus erosion control structures: 15 acres of buffers are to be established under this program plus a total of 15 structures for the 3 years of this program. Under this program producers will be able to enroll and install a buffer strip of a minimum of 10 feet - 20feet in a buffer along a ditch. The buffer planted without a structure must be maintained for 5years and with a structure to be maintained 10years. Each acre established will receive a $350 per acre flat rate cost share payment plus a one-time signing bonus of $500 per acre. If a structure is established it will receive a $1400 flat rate of cost share. Therefore a producer that enrolls a one acre buffer with a structure will be eligible for a $2,250.

Conservation Action Project’s CAP Backer Program

December 2013, the Conservation Action Project (CAP), launched a new program i.e. The CAP Backer Program. This program was initiated to help assist on a variety of programs that support the CAP’s Mission “To maintain economic and environmental balances in Ohio’s agriculture through a cooperative partnership in government, private business and academia to enhance the quality of our natural resources for the benefit of all”. The primary function of this effort is the improvement of water quality in Ohio’s Great Lake, Lake Erie. Lake Erie has received a huge amount of press lately because of the large harmful algal blooms. These blooms are created by over enrichment of nutrients entering into our water systems that lead to the lake. As it relates to nutrients, phosphorus has been identified as the lead source of the algal blooms and more specifically that of dissolved reactive phosphorus.  Eighty percent of it comes from non-point sources and agriculture has been associated with this. Since more than 80% of the western basin of Lake Erie is in row crop production of corn and beans, it is the focus of a lot of press/research/rules for agriculture. So Ag does play an important part of the problem and solution of excess nutrients in the Lake.

CAP is part of a new outreach effort of using the principals of 4R’s in agriculture; Right Place, Right Amount, Right Time and Right Source. Our focus is to apply these principals with local agri-chemical dealerships in the seven county area of CAP to get them in tune with the principles and lead them to be 4R Certified. Our hope is that we will be able to get their producers to observe and participate in the practices. Using these funds we will be able to promote innovative conservation practices and responsible nutrient management on Ohio’s cropland.
CAP would like to acknowledge the following businesses and organizations for their financial contribution to this program – Legacy Farmer’s Cooperative, Dow Agri-Sciences, The Andersons and Rosen’s Diversified. These organizations commitment allows CAP to  “maintain economic and environmental balances in Ohio’s agriculture” by promoting the use of “The 4R principals”.





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Between the Rows

Do you recognize that face?  Todd has been chosen as one of four Ohio farmers to work with Ohio Ag-Net/Ohio Country Journal this year as one of their Between the Rows farmers.  Todd along with the other farmers will give updates throughout the year on what’s happening in the different parts of the state.  This is a great way to see what going on across the state and not just in your backyard.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Campbell's Soup Program- Controlled Ag Drainage Practices FY 2014

The Campbell's Soup Program- Controlled Ag Drainage has been updated for FY 2014.  Please visit the Programs page for more information.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

First CAP Backer

December 2013, the Conservation Action Project (CAP), initiated CAP Backer Program. This program was initiated to help assist on a variety of programs that support the CAP’s Mission “To maintain economic and environmental balances in Ohio’s agriculture through a cooperative partnership in government, private business and academia to enhance the quality of our natural resources for the benefit of all”.


Our first Backer under this program is the Helena Chemical Company. Helena Chemical Company, was founded in 1957 and has grown to be one of the nation’s foremost distributers of crop protection and crop production inputs and services for agriculture. Helena offers a wide variety of products such as insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers along with field mapping services such as variable-rate (VRT) application of soil and foliar applied products. Helena supported CAP on several programs under the VRT program in CAP area at its retail locations in Continental and Martin, Ohio. CAP is proud to acknowledge the Helena Chemical Company for its continued support of CAP today and tomorrow. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cover Crops and Soil Health Forum to Take Place February 18

You are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health and discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in your farming system. On Feb. 18, locations in every state across the country will host Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums where farmers will have the opportunity to learn from one another while exploring local and national perspectives on cover crops.

Facilitated discussions on local issues pertaining to cover crops will follow a live-streamed broadcast of opening sessions from the national conference in Omaha, Nebraska, including a dialogue with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (invited) and Howard G. Buffett, plus a panel discussion with expert farmers, including Dave Brandt from Carroll, Ohio. Because the national conference attendance is limited, the local forums represent a way to include farmers, educators and researchers across the country in the emerging conversation about the use and benefits of cover crops.

"This will be a great opportunity for farmers interested in cover crops and soil health to meet up with like-minded individuals from their local area to discuss both local and national issues related to cover crops," said Dr. Rob Myers, conference chairman and Regional Director of Extension Programs, North Central Region SARE. "We hope that farmers will come prepared with questions and ideas that they can feed back to USDA about programs and assistance needed for cover crops and soil health." These comments will be collected by staff at the local sites as part of the local discussion process.

The Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums will be held on Feb. 18 starting at 9:00 am to noon EST at the following Ohio locations:

Wayne County Administrative Building, 428 West Liberty St., Wooster, OH, 44691. Call: OSU Extension Rory Lewandowski at 330-264-8722.

To RSVP for the following NRCS offices contact NRCS Soil Scientist Steve Baker at 614-255-2483 or e-mail at

NRCS office at 7868 CR 140, Findlay, OH 45840

NRCS office at 1000 Locust St., Owensville, OH 45160

NRCS office at 220 West Livingston St., Celina, OH 45822

NRCS office at 771 East Main St., Suite 100, Newark, OH 43055

NRCS office at 9711 East Pike Rd., Cambridge, OH 43725

NRCS office at 831 College Ave., Suite B., Lancaster, OH 43130

Please RSVP to ensure adequate seating and to get specific details about the forum as programs will vary by location.

Both the national conference and the local forums are jointly funded by SARE and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, with planning support from NRCS, the Midwest Cover Crops Council and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The Omaha conference is invitation only; the local forums are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums and a list of forum locations, visit

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cover Crops and Crop Insurance

NAU Country is hosting a webinar tomorrow about the use of cover crops and crop insurance.  The webinar is open to the public and will help answer the questions that come with planting cover crops and being in compliance with your crop insurance.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

CAP receives Top Award

CAP was awarded the 2013 Education Outreach Award at the Ohio No-Till Council’s meeting on December 11th.


Pictured are Dave Brandt, Ohio No-Till Council President; Ed Crawford, CAP; Jason Wingfield,General Manager of Kale Marketing