Advocacy Update: Manure Management & Water Quality

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The mission of ODPA is simple: to serve as a collective voice for Ohio’s dairy farmers to address state and federal issues related to animal care, the environment, GMO labeling, school meals, trade, transportation, energy and taxes that affect Ohio’s dairy farm families.

Manure management and water quality are top of mind right now in Ohio. To protect Ohio’s dairy farm families, ODPA is:

  • Providing dairy farmer input to ODA, Ohio EPA, ODNR, USDA/NRCS and state legislators regarding plans that contribute toward a 40% reduction of phosphorus going into Lake Erie. It is critical that Ohio’s dairy farmers be involved in this dialogue or fall victim to regulations and policy that will negatively affect their farms. This past year has been increasingly challenging as ODPA dealt with Governor Kasich’s Executive Order. ODPA continues to be deeply engaged, in collaboration with Ohio’s livestock organizations, to provide input to the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission and leadership in the legislature to offer reasonable solutions.

  • Representing dairy farmers on the Harmful Algae Bloom Research Initiative project to ensure that reasonable and scientifically-based methods are used to determine the projected effect of manure best management practi
  • Seeking support from ODA and the legislature to establish financial assistance for livestock farmers to fund manure storage and manure transportation equipment needed to meet compliance with the new Ohio nutrient management laws.
  • Investigating new technologies and innovative systems to manage manure.
  • Providing input to Governor-elect DeWine’s transition team on how to best collaborate for success during his administrati ODPA is also providing recommendations for state agency leadership appointments.

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