Over 30 Holmes County farmers have taken a proactive step towards conserving soil by planting and harvesting a conservation crop, and now is the time for Holmes County businesses and effort to support their conservation efforts.
Credits 4 Conservation is a new program helps farmers prevent erosion and nutrient runoff from fields entering local streams and rivers. The conservation savings are then quantified and translated into conservation credits, the sale of which funds additional conservation programs across Holmes County.
This program allows Holmes County businesses and residents who are interested in maintaining and improving the health of our water in Holmes County, to support conservation efforts to support our farmers by purchasing conservation credits. Each credits represents one, ton of topsoil (and the nutrients it contains) from eroding and entering the waterways.
This program doesn’t just affect people in Holmes County. The water quality and conservation efforts here in Holmes County affect water quality all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico, where water quality is a large concern.
Currently, in Holmes County, we have 33 farmers participating in this program. That’s 3,085 additional acres of cover crop in our county. This has prevented 16,722 tons of sediment, 15,209 pounds of phosphorus and 30,421 pounds of nitrogen from entering waterways.
So, my question to you is, for just $10, would you help prevent 2,000 pounds of topsoil from entering the waterways? For just $10, wouldn’t you help out? I know I will.
Conservation Credits are sold in a variety of packages, from $100 to $5,000. For more information, visit www.credits4conservation.com or call Holmes SWCD at 330-674-2811.
SARAH SPRANG, WEST HOLMES FFA
Sarah is a senior in the West Holmes FFA program, where she competed on the chapter's ag communications team. The team's project focused on improving soil and water health in Holmes County through the Holmes-Grown Conservation media campaign.