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Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District
900 Fairground Drive Suite B Paulding, Ohio 45879
Phone (419)-399-4771 Email:
Office Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
Entrance is through the west (left) doors at the Parc Lane Center Building. 

In Cooperation with the Paulding County Commissioners:
Roy Klopfenstein
Mark Holtsberry
Tony Zartman


What does the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District do?

Every County in Ohio has a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), which is a political subdivision of the State.  In response to conservation concerns raised as a result of the 1930's dustbowl, SWCD's were formed in the late 1940's to complement a federal government agency (now titled the Natural Resources Conservation Service).  Both local and federal agencies worked together to encourage farmers and landowners to employ practices on the land for the conservation of soil and water resources.  Today SWCDs share the common goal of conservation of natural resources on urban and rural lands.

All local government grants are matched by the state of Ohio nearly dollar to dollar to support SWCD operations, conservation programs, and resource management initiatives.  SWCD’s work closely with 
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and are now under ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation. With these resources the SWCD is a vehicle for bringing local governments and residents together to address natural resource conservation challenges in urban and rural settings.


Technical assistance (design, promote, facilitate)

Equipment Rental

Education (all ages and occupations)

Local eyes and ears and “boots on the ground”

Paulding SWCD Board of Supervisors

The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors which are Paulding County residents who own land in the county. They meet the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00am at the Paulding SWCD Offices. It is their duty as elected public officials to conduct business of the Paulding SWCD and all bills which may be presented for approval. Supervisors are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Paulding SWCD held in November each year. Pictured (Left to Right): Bryce Mills (Vice Chairman), Brian Ruble (Dual Fiscal Agent), Matt Stoller (Chairman), Keith Wiesehan (Dual Fiscal Agent), and Gary Derck. 



Soil Your Undies!



So, you are likely wondering why we would bury underwear in the soil. Fear not, there is quite an experiment we have going on! We decided to replicate an experiemnt done by our counterparts at Wood Soil & Water Conservation District. Soil microbial activity is a key soil health indicator, says Sara Berg, SDSU Extension agronomy field specialist. "Most seasoned soil health producers recognize the value of the soil microbial kingdom and often refer to it as ‘the herd,’” Berg says. Bly explained that soil microorganisms increase plant residue decomposition, which releases plant nutrients. How can you test soil health & microbial activity? Bury some undies of course!

For the demonstration, two pairs of mens' white cotton briefs were buried in an area of the field planted in cover crops and then an area of the same field with no cover crops. Briefs were buried on July 11th and checked on August 2nd during the Manure Science Review.  "The premise of the demonstration is the fact that soil microorganisms require carbon to survive. Men's cotton underwear briefs contain high amounts of carbon. Therefore, decomposition of the briefs after they are retrieved provides a good indication of soil microbiological activity, and ultimately, soil health status," Bly explains. We will check our briefs again this fall so stay tuned!

2017 Manure Science Review a sucess!


Paulding SWCD along with OSU Extension, Seneca SWCD, Cooper Farms, and Ohio Farm Bureau hosted the 2017 Manure Science Review right here in Paulding County! We had great attendance with over 230 people in attendance! This field day was designed to give producers an update on rules an regulations regarding manure application, the latest technology in manure application, as well as best management practices to effectively use nutrients in the field. A BIG THANK YOU goes to Paulding SWCD Board Chairman Matt Stoller and his family (bottom picture) for being awesome hosts and rolling out the welcome mat for the day! 

New Nutrient Program Available to Producers


 June 27th, 2017

 To:    Producers in Paulding County

 Re:    Agreements for Assistance: Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Reduction Program

 Fr:     Paulding SWCD Board of Supervisors

 The Paulding SWCD is pleased to announce enrollment for a nutrient management initiative through the placement/injection of fertilizer. Under this program, the Paulding SWCD will approve Agreements for funding with local Producers. This new program will allow each Producer to be reimbursed for the combination of the following items: 

Go to our "SWCD Programs" Tab for more information and program requirements! 

Paulding SWCD Board Meetings
August 9th, 2017
September 13th, 2017
October 11th, 2017
November 8th, 2017
November 16th, 2017 (ANNUAL MEETING-Extension Hall @ Paulding County Fairgrounds)
December 13th, 2017

Meetings are subject to change.
Regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. at the
Paulding SWCD Office (unless otherwise noted)
900 Fairground Drive Suite B, Paulding, Ohio 45879.  

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