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TMACOG Tech: Agriculture

TMACOG Nominations Invited

Water Quality
Student Watershed Watch

Western Basin Water Study

Mommy & Me Grant

New Bike Projects Approved

Member News
SWCD grant for urban agriculture

November & December 2016

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Agriculture: Economy & Ecology

People concerned for the health of the Great Lakes have been striving to understand the role of agriculture in water quality issues. Come to this special TMACOG Tech to learn what farmers in our region are doing to protect our mutual shared interests in healthy soil and water.

Agriculture: Economy & Ecology
Thursday, November 17, 1-4 p.m.
Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg

This program is open to the public at no cost. It will be an education for everyone whose knowledge of agriculture is limited to the corn maze and the farmers market.

Learn how row crops are financed, how crop insurance works, what farm machines and seeds cost. Hear how the business of agriculture affects our regional economy. You’ll learn about conservation strategies and what we know about their effectiveness.

“Importance of Agriculture to the Regional Economy”
Agriculture in northwest Ohio employs thousands but also has huge impact on industry from freight, to manufacturing, packaging, and more.

“Farming - Myths and Reality”
Agriculture is unique industry where the operator commits a family to a lifestyle, and where the most critical component of success – the weather – is out of the operator’s control. Get a picture of the cash flow and investment patterns in a typical growing season. And there isn’t a typical growing season.

“Agricultural Best Management Practices”
Farmers depend on healthy soil, water, and air. How they combine a money-making crop with conservation of resources can be challenging. Different fields require different strategies and measuring results is complex.

See the entire agenda here. There is no charge to attend but please contact TMACOG by November 8 to register: Joy Minarcin, 419.241.9155 ext. 128.

Thank you to First Energy for sponsorship of this TMACOG Tech session.

Persons requesting special accommodations due to limited English proficiency, disabilities of language, mobility, or other handicap are invited to contact TMACOG Accessibility Coordinator Jennifer Allen ( or 419.241.9155, ext. 107).

TMACOG Nominations Invited

TMACOG has grown in influence and value to its members through strong, committed leaders. Each January, members select new committee assignments and elect TMACOG leadership at the General Assembly. Nominations for councils, committees, board of trustees, and leadership are now being accepted. Active member participation ensures that TMACOG remains focused on issues that are important for the quality of life in our region. Vibrant leadership leads to a vibrant region.

Click here to review a complete list of committees and councils on which you may serve. Anyone may serve on a council or committee and TMACOG needs people with a variety of skills and interests.

Please indicate your willingness to actively participate in TMACOG by simply completing and returning the committee participation form no later than Friday, December 2, 2016.

If you have questions about participation on councils or committees, please contact TMACOG President Tim W. Brown, 419.241.9155 ext. 107.

Student Watershed Watch

What has three tails, six legs, and lives under rocks in the waters of Hill Ditch? Students from the Natural Science Technology Center, a Toledo Public School, consulted pages of illustrations and concluded it was a damsel fly more

Nutrient Source Inventory Map

Lucas County Board of Commissioners in partnership with
The City of Toledo through the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission have produced an interactive GIS map showing sources of nutrients in the western Lake Erie watershed. The map will be an important tool in the initiative to reduce phosphorus amounts in Lake Erie by 40 percent. The inventory is currently being reviewed and will be available to the public soon. more


New Grant Gives Rides to Mothers with Children

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will fund a program in northwest Ohio to provide free transportation for some pregnant women and women with children with the goal of improving access to healthcare. The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio was awarded $133,000 for “Mommy and Me Ride for Free” which will pay for rides on TARTA and TARPS. TMACOG provided a letter for support for the competitive grant.

Ohio is ranked 45 out of the 50 states for infant mortality. Of the 88 counties in Ohio, Lucas County has the worst rate of infant mortality. The program targets women living in zip codes where rates of poor birth outcomes are even higher than the rest of Lucas County. In the grant application, it’s noted that women living in these areas report that lack of transportation is a barrier to accessing health care, buying healthy food, and keeping employment. The program will begin by providing service to pregnant women and expand to serve women of childbearing age in 2017.

Bike Projects Funded

TMACOG’s Transportation Alternatives Program, a subcommittee of the Transportation Improvement Program committee, has scored, ranked and recommended construction for a series of bicycle projects. The dollar amounts listed show TMACOG’s recommendation for funding.

In the City of Oregon, nearly six miles of off-road multi-use paths will be resurfaced next year. ($182,592)
The City of Perrysburg will fill in a gap in existing sidepaths on Roachton Road. This will connect existing paths to a planned new middle school. Construction date has not been confirmed. ($182,830)
The Overland Trail project in the City of Toledo includes an existing 8-foot path through Ottawa Park and Jermain Park which connects Bancroft Street to Monroe Street. It will be upgraded to a 10-foot path in fiscal year 2018. ($450,800)
The Oak Openings Trail in the Metroparks of the Toledo Area is part of a plan to construct a multi-use path from Secor Metropark to Oak Openings Preserve. This portion of the trail will be from Secor Park to Wiregrass Park in fiscal year 2018. A Clean Ohio Grant may also contribute to this effort. ($400,000)
The Kilburn Road Bike Lanes is a project already slated for FY2021. The funds awarded in this round recognize new right-of-way costs and additional construction costs. This project will construct bike lanes on Kilburn Road from Sylvania-Metamora Road to Central Avenue in western Lucas County. ($522,800)


SWCD Grant for Urban Agriculture

Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District was awarded $14,495 to build technical assistance capacity for urban agriculture conservation projects by the National Association of Conservation Districts. NACD granted a total of $2 million to 42 districts across 25 states.

Lucas SWCD submitted a proposal earlier this summer to NACD’s Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative. The initiative, in partnership with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, aims to increase and stabilize technical assistance capacity where the land is predominantly urban or urbanizing. The 2016 urban grants will allow districts to help urban farmers, community gardens, and other local agricultural partnerships implement conservation practices that support local food production, provide opportunities for education and stewardship, and protect natural resources.

The Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District will use its grant, in partnership with the Toledo Botanical Garden’s Toledo GROWS program and Lucas County Extension, to offer a free workshop series on soil health for urban agriculture with classes on basic soil health, collecting samples, interpreting lab tests, and gardening safely in contaminated areas. For information about the series of workshops, contact the SWCD Natural Resources Specialist at 419-377-0065.

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Upcoming Events

Agriculture: Economy & Ecology

Thursday, November 17, 1 - 4 p.m.
Contact:, Joy Minarcin, 419.241.9155 ext. 128

TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 30, 2017
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jennifer Allen , 419.241.9155 ext. 117