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Ohio corn, soybean and wheat farmers applaud Senate passage of Lake Erie plan

• Updated Jun 12, 2018 at 9:24 AM

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) applaud Wednesday’s passage by the Ohio Senate of Senate Bill 299, bipartisan legislation that would invest $20 million in farm equipment and other initiatives to help farmers reduce phosphorus runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

The legislation, known as Clean Lake 2020, would also invest significant resources in dredging prevention, research and monitoring and conservation programs. OSA and OCWGA both testified in support of SB 299 last week.

“The health of Lake Erie has been a priority for Ohio grain farmers for many years, and they have invested their own dollars in research and education programs in an effort to be part of the solution,” said Allen Armstrong, OSA president. “Clean Lake 2020 will help farmers implement even more best management practices and achieve our goals faster.”

The Ohio House is expected to consider and vote on its version of Clean Lake 2020, House Bill 634, in the coming weeks.

“This is an example of good, bipartisan work done on behalf of Lake Erie that promotes healthy soils and clean water,” said Jed Bower, OCWGA president. “Working collaboratively with all stakeholders and making science-based policy is essential to making real progress.”

Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability. The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association is a membership organization advocating for supportive public policy on behalf of its farmer members. For more information, visit ohiocornandwheat.org.

The Ohio Soybean Association is governed by a volunteer farmer board dedicated to education and promotion, as well as to uniting producer interest through support of legislative activities beneficial to the Ohio soybean industry.

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