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Farm Science Review expands exhibit area substantially, other improvements

By Joel Penhorwood

Some may recall the soggy situation at the 2017 Farm Science Review when heavy rains plagued the event and led to swamped areas on the grounds. To address that issue, new water control structures are being installed for an improved visitor experience in case Mother Nature does not cooperate in the future.

“We are in the process of a multi-year drainage project we have going on here at the Farm Science Review,” said Garrett Nowak, FSR site manager. “Last year, you may remember we had a little bit of wet weather. Some years, we’re really dry — other years we’re a little damp — it’s just part of being an outdoor farm show. As much as we can address those issues, we try to.

“We’re doing over 1,500 feet of drainage this year. Most of that is going to be a new sub-main we’re running almost from the total south end of the exhibit area, all the way to the north and little over 1,500 feet of 12-inch tile under our Hay Street.

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Farm Science Review inducting Ardrey and Rose into Hall of Fame

The Farm Science Review will induct Clayton W. Rose III and Jerry Ardrey into the 29th class of honorees for the Review’s Hall of Fame, an honor held by 76 others for their contribution to the event.

 

Jerry Ardrey

Ardrey is a native of London who has been in the automotive sales industry his entire life. He worked for his family business as a vehicle dealer and continued with the industry for his career selling truck bodies and other accessories. Ardrey also served in the Air National Guard. His generosity toward Farm Science Review is evident as he continues to offer wisdom and business knowledge as well as donations, said Nick Zachrich, manager of Farm Science Review.

Ardrey initially connected with Farm Science Review some 50 years ago by providing trucks for exhibitors that were selling dump beds for grain trucks. After just a few years, Ardrey began working for one of the exhibiting companies and continued selling various dump beds for the next 46 years, attending the Review as an exhibitor.

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Neighborly fence care

By Christine Gelley, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension Noble County

Fence care can make tempers flare between neighbors. Typically, when neighbors have similar goals, an agreeable strategy for fence maintenance can be worked out easily. When land use pursuits differ, there is a higher likelihood for conflict.

One of Ohio’s oldest rural laws is built around the care of partition fence. Ohio R.C. Chapter 971 defines a partition fence or “line fence” as a fence placed on the division line between two adjacent properties. In 2008, the law was updated to state “Partition fence includes a fence that has been considered a division line between two such properties even though a subsequent land survey indicates that the fence is not located directly on the division line.”

If both neighbors utilize the fence for similar purposes then the responsibilities are typically split evenly, which includes keeping the fence line clear of brush, briers, thistle and weeds within four feet of the fence.

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National Farm Safety Week resources can minimize problems year round

By Matt Reese

There is no doubt: it is not always convenient, or easy, or enjoyable to focus on farm safety issues. But the time and effort involved with a focus on farm safety is always worth the investment compared to the heartbreak resulting from tragedies that take place on farms every year. National Farm Safety Week is Sept. 16 to 22 this year and it is an important opportunity for farmers to re-focus on farm safety heading into the busy harvest months, not only for themselves and their families, but also their farm employees.

“Agriculture is still one of the most hazardous industries not only in Ohio but in the U.S. Safety in agriculture is a key component to preventing severe injuries and fatalities,” said Kent McGuire, Ohio State University’s Health and Safety Coordinator in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. “As an agricultural employer it is important to make safety a priority and take the time to train your employees on safe work practices and recognizing hazards.

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Use caution when canning this fall

While it’s a wonderful, cherished tradition in many families to preserve food based on recipes that were developed and honed over the years in grandma’s, great-grandma’s and great-great-grandma’s kitchens, recipes should be reviewed, and if they don’t match recipes that have been tested and researched by food safety experts, they shouldn’t be used.

The National Center for Home Food Preservation is a valuable source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation, says Kate Shumaker, an Ohio State University Extension educator and registered dietitian.

The center was established with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (now called the National Institute of Food and Agriculture) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods, she said.

Precisely following the proper steps and recipes when home canning is important to help prevent botulism, a rare but potentially deadly illness produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, she said.

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Monroe Township in Clermont County is free from Asian longhorned beetle

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) announced that Monroe Township in Clermont County is free from the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). This follows the eradication of ALB from Stonelick and Batavia townships in March.

“We are excited to see continued success due to the dedication of our state, federal and local partners in the fight against the Asian longhorned beetle,” said Tim Derickson, assistant director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “This is one more important step to rid this pest from Ohio and we will continue to work together to achieve this common goal.”

Derickson was joined by USDA APHIS representatives, as well as community leaders at an announcement ceremony and tree planting in Fair Oak Park, near the quarantined area in Monroe Township.

ODA and USDA APHIS will move to lift the quarantine of Monroe Township.

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West Nile Virus confirmed in Ohio horses

In late August, the Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed the first positive cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ohio horses for 2018. Two cases in Northeast Ohio have been confirmed and the animals had not been vaccinated. The spread of WNV in horses is preventable with proper vaccination and horse owners are urged to ensure their animal’s vaccine and boosters are up to date.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. Clinical signs for WNV include flu-like symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. Changes in mentality, drowsiness, driving or pushing forward (often without control) and asymmetrical weakness may be observed. Mortality rate from WNV can be as high as 30 to 40% in horses. Infection with WNV does not always lead to signs of illness in people or animals. WNV is endemic in the United States and Ohio has reported positive cases in horses each of the last few years.

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Ohio farm safety stats: Setting a goal for zero fatalities

By Dee Jepsen

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 16‐22, 2018. This annual promotional week commemorates the hard work, diligence, and sacrifices made by our nation’s farmers and ranchers.

The 2018 theme is “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety.” During fall harvest, it is good to reflect on the bounties ahead, by practicing safety throughout the seasons. Farmers, farm families, and farm workers need to know they are valued for the food, fuel and fiber they produce. The safety theme can remind us of the unexpected tragedy a death or serious injury can play, and how it can also impact our business and our entire agricultural community.

Over the past 10 years, 128 Ohio farmers lost their lives doing what they love to do — farm. While the number of farm fatalities is decreasing from what they were 20 years ago, 128 deaths are still too many! This article will help us see who is affected by farm tragedies, and how these deaths have occurred.

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Ohio NRCS announces new EQIP application deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, as the deadline to submit applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Ohio.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program, which helps producers make conservation work for them. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.

Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you.

Financial assistance is now available in a variety of agricultural categories such as cropland, forestry, pasture operations, and organic. Several special projects are also available which address water quality, forestry management, improving pollinator populations, applying best management practices and many more.

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Cell cultured food products to be discussed in October joint meeting

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, DVM and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. are holding a joint public meeting on Oct. 23-24, 2018 to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry.

The joint public meeting, hosted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the FDA, will focus on the potential hazards, oversight considerations, and labeling of cell cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry.

“This is an important opportunity to hear from the agricultural industry and consumers as we consider the regulatory framework for these new products,” said Secretary Perdue. “American farmers and ranchers feed the world, but as technology advances, we must consider how to inspect and regulate to ensure food safety, regardless of the production method.”

The first day of the meeting will focus primarily on the potential hazards that need to be controlled for the safe production of animal cell cultured food products and oversight considerations by regulatory agencies.

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Fredericktown High School receives Ohio Historical Marker for FFA jacket

By Kayla Hawthorne, OCJ field reporter

Fredericktown Local School District received an Ohio Historical Marker for the world’s first blue corduroy jackets worn by members of the National FFA Organization.

The historical marker sign states, “In 1933, Dr. J.H. “Gus” Lintner, a Fredericktown teacher and advisor to the local FFA chapter, commissioned a jacket for its members to wear to FFA’s national convention in Kansas City, Missouri.” The national organization then adopted the jacket as part of the official dress for FFA members.

The historical marker will be placed in front of the school so it can be viewed by students and visitors.

“Tonight was a very exciting moment, not only for Fredericktown FFA, but FFA in general,” said Holly McClay, Ohio FFA State Vice President at the event.

Two of the members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter from 1933 were in attendance at the event. Linden Scheff and Neil Overly — who were in the original 1933 Fredericktown FFA band that wore the first FFA jackets to the National Convention — got to unveil the marker.

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Countryside Public Market: Downtown Akron’s place for fresh, local food

Akron’s very own Public Food Market in Downtown’s Northside District is holding an opening day event Oct. 28.

With support from Knight Foundation, Countryside has begun the transformation of the Northside Loft’s former parking garage into a fun, indoor, food-centric space for everyone to enjoy the flavor of Ohio’s local food offerings. Countryside Public Market will provide over 40 small businesses economic opportunity and direct consumer access. In addition, the market will provide food assistance programing for families and individuals, giving everyone access to fresh, healthy, local food.

Countryside is leasing this nearly 10,000 square foot space from Testa Companies after brainstorming with building owner, Joel Testa.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Countryside to the Northside Marketplace. This is the final piece in a longtime vision to bring fresh, local foods and opportunities for small vendors and retailers to the downtown Akron market. We are looking forward to the many opportunities that this new partnership can bring as we create a vibrant place to live, work, and play in Downtown Akron,” Testa said.

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Hurricanes and harvest weather in 2018

By Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University Extension

It was quite the wet week across the state of Ohio! Scattered thunderstorms throughout the week brought isolated 1- to 2-inch rainfall amounts. The big story began on Friday night, as a stalled out front provided a path for the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon to move through the region, bringing steady to moderate rain and gusty winds from Friday night through Monday morning.

While rainfall was certainly heaviest across the southern counties of Ohio this weekend, almost the entire state picked up appreciable amounts of rain. The map shows estimated precipitation totals between Friday morning and Monday morning (September 7-10), showing many areas exceeding 2 inches of rain for the 72-hour event. Preliminary isolated totals of 7.44 inches and 6.35 inches occurred in northwest Montgomery County and northern Scioto County, respectively. Combined with rainfall from earlier in week, these rainfall totals represent 3 to 6 times the normal rainfall for a typical week in early September.

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Wayne County Fair moving forward as planned

By Dale Minyo and Matt Reese

Not long after the rains began on Saturday of the Wayne County Fair and the forecast showed no sign of it letting up, the Wayne County Fair Board had to make a difficult call to evacuate some of the livestock from the grounds ahead of possible flooding.

On Sept. 8, as the rains started to get heavier, instructions were given to those with livestock exhibits at the Wayne County Fair about moving them off of the grounds as soon as possible. This included transporting the swine projects to the Richland County Fairgrounds.

“We did move our hogs to the Richland County Fair as a precaution. If it would have gotten bad enough, there is potential that the hogs would have gotten left behind with the other livestock because they would have forced the evacuation of the people from the grounds. We had many offers from surrounding county fair for us to use facilities or any help we needed.

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A small farm with a big purpose



By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

From the road, it looks like many farms in Clark County that you might pass by and get a quick glimpse of, with 24 acres or rolling hills, woodland areas, gardens, greenhouses, livestock pens and red barns. But once you step onto The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm you begin to realize that there is more to this farm that what you see as you drive by.

The farm got its start after two school teachers who decided to leave their well-established careers, along with the benefits that came along with them, to open a working farm that would become a day program for adults with disabilities, including those suffering from autism spectrum disorder and dementia. The farm’s mission is to provide those adults the dignity to enjoy meaningful work, life and social relationships in a safe agricultural community, to participate as good stewards of God’s bounty.

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Luke Bryan to perform on an Ohio farm

Country music superstar Luke Bryan will be performing on an Ohio farm later this month. The first stop on Bryan’s 2018 Farm Tour is Sept. 27 and will draw around 20,000 people to the Ayars Family Farm near Mechanicsburg in Champaign County.

John, Bonnie, Lucas, and Eli Ayars milk 150 Guernsey and Brown Swiss cows and raise corn, soybeans and hay on 1,000 acres. Staring in 2010, the Ayars began using their milk to make homemade ice cream right on the farm. Ayars Family Ice Cream is available in over 30 stores. The family plans on serving up plenty of ice cream and is excited to host the concert.

“This Luke Bryan concert is not something that happens every day,” Bonnie said. “We hope to turn it into something truly meaningful and we also want share it with our community.”

On the tour, Bryan is celebrating a decade of saluting the American farmer as he takes his tenth annual Farm Tour 2018 to six cities this fall setting up stages in the fields of local farms from Ohio to Florida.

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Heavenly health through nutrition

By Don “Doc” Sanders

One of my veterinary colleagues always signs off his emails with “Healthy cows through better nutrition.” I agree with his motto. And I believe we all should apply it to ourselves — not just our cows.

We humans have a variety of nutrition plans to choose from, such as the South Beach, Mayo Clinic, Flexitarian, Low Glycemic, DASH, Arthritis and Mediterranean diets, to name a few. And, of course, there is my Oreo diet (preferably double stuffed).

Most of you know, or ignore, that Americans have gradually become obese because of our sedentary lifestyle and love for fast food, sodas, ice cream and other sugary snacks. This behavior has attracted entrepreneurial diet companies like ants to a picnic — Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Medifast, Atkins and Nutrisystem.

Now there is a new dietary fad just starting in Washington, DC., in a restaurant, that recently opened at the Museum of the Bible.

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Events scheduled to help youth fight Ohio opioid epidemic

Four regional Hope for Ohio events will welcome youth, parents, advisers and others interested in helping young people fight the opioid epidemic. A project of Ohio Farm Bureau and other supporting organizations, Hope for Ohio works with 4-H and FFA members to encourage peer-to-peer prevention measures. At each event, speakers will share stories and information that will provide youth with tools needed to be prevention leaders in their communities.

The regional events are:
Sept. 29: Beck’s research farm facility, London, Noon to 3 p.m.
Nov. 3: FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 10: Spencerville High School, Spencerville, Noon to 3 p.m.
Nov. 17, Batavia Community Center, Batavia, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

These regional events are a follow-up to last year’s statewide Hope for Ohio event held on the campus of Ohio State University and is one of several projects by Ohio and county Farm Bureaus to combat Ohio’s opioid crisis.

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USDA partners with HHS to support rural communities combating opioid misuse

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a group of Cooperative Extension partners will have the opportunity to apply for grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help communities combat opioid use disorders. HHS intends to build on successful 2017 and 2018 National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Rural Health and Safety Education projects that focus on opioid abuse.

“With the impact opioid misuse is having on rural America, we cannot build strong, prosperous communities without addressing this crisis,” said Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development. “USDA is committed to working hand-in-hand with rural leaders and fellow mission-driven organizations – including other members of the federal family – to be a strong partner in this battle.”

HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is engaging with the Cooperative Extension System (CES) to bring opioid prevention, treatment and recovery activities to rural America more efficiently.

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