There is once again a flare up of toxic algae concern along the Lake Erie shoreline about the challenges that could face the economic staple of the region and the dinking water supply for millions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast that the 2013 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom will be larger than last year, but considerably less than the record-setting 2011 bloom.
The state’s farmers are inevitably given at least some of the blame in the challenging situation, but agriculture is not sitting idly by and watching the toxic algae problems unfold. Farmers are stepping up to address the challenges ahead.
More than $1 million is being invested by Ohio agricultural organizations, including the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.