Welcome to Hancock SWCD


2020 Farm Tour

The Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District is holding the first meeting of the 2020 Farm Tour Committee meeting on Thursday October 17, 2019 at 7:30 am in Hancock Soil & Water office, 7868 Co. Rd. 140, Suite E, Findlay.  If you are interested in being apart of the 2020 Farm Tour committee please plan to attend the committee meeting or call Hancock SWCD office at 419-422-6569. Click here for details

2019 Milkweed Pod Collection

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) is seeking public involvement to collect and drop off common milkweed seed pods from established plants, September 1 through October 30, 2019 at collection stations around Ohio.  Hancock Soil &Water Conservation District will once again be a collection station in Hancock County. The seeds will be used to establish new plantings and create additional habitat for the Monarch butterfly throughout Ohio in coming years.

Seed pods from common milkweed should be collected when the pods are dry and gray or brown in color. It is best to collect pods into paper bags or paper grocery sack.  Avoid using plastic bags because they can attract moisture and allow mold to develop. Store pods in a cool, dry area until you can deliver to the closest pod collection area.

For more information on OPHI or the seed pod collection contact OPHI at (614) 416-8993 or Hancock SWCD, 7868 C.R. 140, Suite E, Findlay, Ohio at (419) 422-6569

 Welcome New Employees

The Hancock Soil and Water District would like to welcome Greg Burks, District Technician/Drainage Coordinator and Alex Wood, District Technician/Technical Coordinator.  They look forward to assisting Hancock County landowners.  They will be in the office Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and you may reach them at 419-422-6569.

Greg Burks                               Alex Wood

Current Grants

Working Lands Buffer Program

Working Lands Fact Sheet 

Working Lands Buffer Specifications

Brights Ditch Watershed Grant

Hancock Soil &Water Conservation District has received a grant from the Great Lakes Commission- Great Lakes Restoration project for the reduction of sediment and phosphorus in Brights Ditch, the Blanchard River and ultimately into Lake Erie.

The revised practices available for cost-share through this grant are: Precision Soil Testing, Fertilizer Placement, Conservation Tillage, Cover Crops, Water Control Structure with no main and Water Control Structure with main.  Priority will be given to landowner/farmers in the Brights Ditch watershed and then Eagle Creek, Potato Run and Blanchard River watersheds.

For more information click the link below or you may contact: Hancock SWCD at 419-422-6569

GLC Brights Grant Guidelines

Manure Application Guidelines

UPDATE – The Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation would like to remind producers and nutrient applicators of laws and restrictions on manure application. Click the following link to review the current information:


2019 Summer Newsletter

The Hancock SWCD Summer Newsletter is now available. Click here to download your copy!



Our Mission

To promote awareness and conservation of our natural resources through leadership, education, and services.

Our Vision

To be recognized as a leader in promoting responsible stewardship and conservation of our natural resources through partnerships to enhance the quality of life.