One fertilizer dealer with a large-client base in northeast Indiana is already concerned about regulation ideas floating out of discussions about cutting down on nutrient levels going into Lake Erie. Although his business is in Indiana and the rules could be issued in Ohio, if they're issued as part of the Lake Erie study, they could affect producers in northeast Indiana as well. That in turn, could affect how and when he and his crew are allowed to spread fertilizer on customer's farms in that watershed.
This will be one of the topics on the table when the 11th annual Tri-State Conservation Farming Expo is held on March 13. Reserve the date now- you won't want to miss it even if you don't farm in that area of the state. Exhibitors and speakers will bring ideas which fit in other areas too.
The meeting this year will actually be held in Ohio, at the Veterans Memorial Building at the Williams County Fair Grounds. It's located on the north side of Ohio 107 on the east side of Montpelier, Ohio.
Sponsors for the event include the St; Joseph River Watershed Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University Extension, Ohio State University Extension, The Natural Resources Conservation Service of USDA and the Ag Research Service of USDA, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and four county soil and water conservation districts: Allen, DeKalb and Steuben in Indiana, and Williams in Ohio.The meeting begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. EST. Continuing Education Credits for Certified Crop Advisers will be available. Registration is requested by March 6. Cost is $20 per person by March 1, or $25 per person after March 1. Send registration to: St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative, 3718 New Vision Drive, Ft. Wayne, IN 46845.