Equipment like this red Nuhn manure tank will be the focus of the third installment of SWCD‘s Lunch and Learn series on Nov. 19 at the Black Swamp Nature Center, ad-dressing the rules and regu-lations around fertilizer appli-cation.

Are you unsure of the rules and regulations regarding nutrient application in Ohio? Do you want to know what cost share pro-grams and resources are available to assist you? Join us at the Black Swamp Nature Center on Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. for our next Lunch & Learn.

The focus of the third installment of the Lunch & Learn Series will be on being in the know when it comes to the rules and regulations regarding application of commercial fertilizer or live-stock manure.

Our speaker for this portion will be Jason Tyrell, agriculture pollution abatement manager, with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. 

Tyrell will speak on up-dates to rules regarding Agri-culture Pollution Abatement Program (APAP) rules, how you can apply nutrients in accordance with the rules, resources available, and answer any questions that you may have regarding the APAP rules.

Following the APAP session, Paulding SWCD staff will provide updates to attendees regarding current cost share programs that are available to producers that aim to improve water quality in Paulding County.

A catered BBQ lunch will then be served for all attendees free of charge. To ensure a proper count for lunch, registration is available online on our website or by calling the office at 419-399-4771 by Friday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m., there will be a landowner meeting for anyone living near Sixmile Creek, Flatrock Creek, Wild-cat Creek, and Little Flatrock Creek to gather input for desired water quality projects.

The goal of this meeting will be to inform you of cur-rent planning efforts to address non-point source pollution (sediments, nutrients, and associated runoff), and to solicit your input as to areas in these watersheds that are in need of projects to reduce non-point source pollutants and improve water quality.

Your local knowledge will be instrumental in helping us develop a watershed plan, which, once approved, will make specific non-point source reduction projects in this area eligible for state and federal funding. If you live or farm in this watershed, please consider attending this meeting.

Feel free to attend the Lunch & Learn Meeting at 11 a.m. and the Watershed Landowner meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Nov.19.