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Recent News & Events


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  Visit for more info on the CFAP.  News Release:  USDA’s website.

Specialty Crops Added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Specialty Crops producers can now apply for financial assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).  CFAP signup goes through August 28th.  More info at

The Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Resumes Pesticide and Fertilizer Testing June 2nd

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will resume initial testing for pesticide and fertilizer applicators on Tuesday, June 2nd. Exam sessions will meet Ohio’s current standards for both meeting size and social distancing. Exams will be held in the Bromfield Administration Building on ODA’s campus in Reynoldsburg.  Visit ODA’s website for more info. 


H2Ohio Funding for Agriculture is Saved from Budget Cuts

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine preserved $50 million in H2Ohio funding despite significant cuts to the state’s overall budget. In response to the news, the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative said it looked forward to continuing to provide Ohio’s farmers with the tools and resources they need to do their part to improve water quality in the state.  More info:



Virtual Rain Garden Workshop June 2nd

Butler SWCD is hosting a virtual Rain Garden Workshop on June 2nd.  Learn about the benefits of rain gardens and how to build your own.  Visit the Butler SWCD website for meeting info:

Urban Agriculture Webinar June 3rd

Curious to learn more about USDA grants in Urban Agriculture? Attend a webinar on June 3, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., hosted by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  No cost to participate.  Register: