Ohio Livestock Coalition launches environmental website

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) this week announced the launch of the Livestock Environmental Assurance Program (LEAP) website — a voluntary program to help Ohio’s livestock farms take a proactive approach in protecting the land, air and water on and around their farms. The website, available at www.ohleap.org, helps farmers identify and address key management issues affecting environmental quality by providing helpful evaluation tools and resources.

“In recent years, consumers have voiced concerns about the impact of farming on the environment, which is why all farmers must do their part to make sure they are educated on what needs to be done to protect the state’s streams and waterways,” said Bryan Humphreys, OLC representative. “This program creates a win-win situation for both farmers and consumers, and now farmers across Ohio have easy access to it.”

On the website, viewers can learn:

  • Best farm management practices for issues, including water quality management, manure and nutrient management and storage, odor management and air quality, pest control, facility management, and more.
  • Current state and federal regulations for Ohio livestock farms.
  • Environmental assessment and evaluation tools and other related resources.

The program was founded in 1997, and previously existed only in print. The Ohio Livestock Coalition created and launched the program online to make information more easily accessible to farmers throughout the state of Ohio.

LEAP is coordinated by OLC in cooperation with The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and various commodity and farm organizations.

LEAP is a voluntary program available to all Ohio livestock farmers who are looking to take a proactive approach in protecting Ohio farm lands and creating an environment in which Ohio’s farm community can prosper and grow.

For more information about the LEAP program, visit the website at www.ohleap.org.

Staff report