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Farmers make proactive steps to reduce runoff

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"The fact of the matter is lake erie is positioned physically and geographically to just be a hot spot as other fresh water lakes in our state are hot spots for algal blooms as well we got to take all of the best practices we can, work together an agricultural community and try to mitigate the issues that we contribute to Lake Erie.

Eric Richer is the Extension Agent for Ohio State University in Fulton County and he says the algal bloom problem in Lake Erie is always on the mind of area farmers.

"We know they are part of the problem but we were also doing a lot of really good things," he explains.

Like Mike Miller. Miller farms 1000 acres in Henry County with his brother. He and many other farmers in the western maumee valley basin, he says they do no-till farming, plant the proper drainage strips to cut down on run off and only fertilize what is necessary.

"We do everything that you would want to do if you were farming. We try to do it safely try to do it correctly we are licensed we are insured we abide by all the laws we have to," he says.

Many farmers have their soil professionally tested every year and they only add the recommended nutrients on their crops. They are doing what they can to keep chemicals out of the runoff.

Clark Emmons is a dairy farmer and farms 250 acres in Fulton County. He uses the manure from his livestock on his crops. He says he does everything to keep the land healthy around him as have the generations before him.

"My family drinks the same water i'm the fourth generation dairy farmer and we would do nothing that would challenge it would hurt our family's ability stay in the business and be healthy while we're doing it. We have the same interest as residents in Toledo."

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