Take the LEAP

Today, our friends at the Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) made us aware of a straight-forward, common sense resource for livestock farmers. The Ohio Livestock Environmental Assurance Program (LEAP) is a voluntary program to help Ohio’s livestock farms take a hands-on approach to protecting the land, air and water on and around farms.

The program was founded in 1997, and previously existed only in print. Some of the old dogs around here (myself included) remember hosting LEAP trainings throughout Holmes and surrounding counties, where we would hand out thick binders of materials. OLC recently launched the program online to make information more easily accessible to farmers throughout the state. I encourage all Ohio livestock farmers to visit the website at https://ohleap.org/.

There are just a few simple tabs to guide you. “What You Must Do” helps unravel the mystery of which government agency does what, and what you need to do to stay in compliance with Ohio law.  “What You Should Do” takes you a step further to be a proactive, responsible steward of your land and water. LEAP helps farmers identify and address key management issues affecting environmental quality by providing helpful evaluation tools and resources.

If you own a farm, use manure in your operations, have an issue on your farm, or are looking to expand, visit ohleap.org to find helpful tools and current legislation. As always, our office would love to work with you on a one-on-one basis to be a local resource to get conservation practices on the ground. Just give us a call at 330-674-2811 to get the process started.

Michelle Wood oversees the day to day operations of the district and the diverse activities offered to promote clean water and healthy soil. With a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a background in communications, she appreciates the conservation district grassroots model which enables the local board and staff to create programs that meet the conservation needs of Holmes County.  Michelle is a member of several statewide committees, including the ODNR Parks Advisory Council and the Clean Ohio Fund Natural Resources Assistance Council.  Contact Michelle at 330-674-2811 or at mwood@co.holmes.oh.us