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Groups urge Ohio farmers to reduce nutrient runoff

Associated Press • Jan 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The Advocate in Newark reports the Ohio Farm Bureau is among 20 groups that sent letters urging thousands of farmers to take proactive steps and warning that the government might create new regulations if they don't.

Farm bureau spokesman Joe Cornely says officials aren't sure of the best solution but suggest farmers take steps now that are known to address the problem and can be documented. Those include not using more fertilizer than needed.

Phosphorus from farm fertilizers and livestock manure is suspected of feeding the algae blooms that have been a problem in Lake Erie and inland lakes.

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