USDA offering help for reducing farm runoff

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan to see if they can get financial and technical help for reducing fertilizer runoff from their fields.

The department says farmer in Indiana and Michigan will have until next Friday to sign up. The deadline in Ohio is Jan. 16.

Cutting down fertilizer runoff has become a big priority since algae on Lake Erie fouled the water supply in the Toledo area this past August.

Nutrients from the runoff are one of the contributors to the algae problem on the lake.

The money from the department’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program can help farmers add buffer strips and cover crops or improve their drainage and improve water quality.

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