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Field Days to Examine Crop and Livestock Integration Barriers and Benefits

Fertilizer prices, soil health concerns, and extreme weather events have led many Ohio farmers to consider the benefits and barriers of adding manure and other livestock production elements to their row crop operations. Two Ohio State field days in August will provide farmer and researcher input on these choices.

The field days are part of an Ohio State research project funded by the USDA. The research team has spent the last year and a half working with farmers to study the economic and environmental tradeoffs associated with different approaches to mixing livestock and row crop production. To accomplish this, they have compared on-farm samples and interview data from 31 Ohio farms which represent different levels of crop and livestock integration.

Both events will feature a panel of local farmers and conversation about strategies and approaches to crop and livestock integration, as well as soil health study results, and a catered meal. For more information, see the links below or contact Cassandra Brown at 330-263-3634 or There is no cost to attend but registration is requested for meal planning.

Western Ohio (Auglaize County)
August 23, 2023 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. New Bremen, Ohio
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Eastern Ohio (Wayne County)
August 30, 2023 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Apple Creek, Ohio
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