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Ohio hosts shepherds from around the country through Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School

The 2016 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School was held July 10 to 14 in Columbus. The program moves around the country and shepherds from around the nation flocked to Ohio for the event this year.

This year’s schedule included the popular Ohio State University Lamb 509 program plus an Ohio sheep industry tour through parts of northeast Ohio. A class of nearly 30 students was selected by the National Lamb Feeders Association to take part in this unique combination of presentations, tours, and hands-on activities to increase understanding of meat quality and marketing and enable participants to improve the profitability and competitiveness of lamb.

Tour stops included trips to Stitzlein Club Lambs, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Mt. Hope Auction, the farm of Amish shepherd Leroy Kuhns, and Don Hawk’s confined lamb feedlot in Knox County.

“It was a great learning experience. It was like-minded folks trying to learn from each other.

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Feeding Farmers Week 4 – Black Walnut Farms, Warren County

A trip to southwestern Ohio wrapped up the 2016 Feeding Farmers program, courtesy of AgriGold. Each Friday for the past four weeks, the crew of the Ohio Ag Net traveled to various parts of the state delivering lunch, fellowship, and midday broadcasts to farm families that are the backbone of American agriculture.

Don Tharr heads up Black Walnut Farms in Warren County alongside his family. The farm overlooks ideal scenery in the valley its positioned in. A retired teacher, Tharr said this year’s planting was behind that of normal years and that they were getting ready to take on the never-ending-job that is weed control.

The farm is staying busy this summer erecting grain bins in which they are planning to pour the concrete for this week. From beginning to end, Tharr said the whole process takes all of three weeks, weather permitting.

With his sons having grown and now supporting their own families with the farm, Don said they’ve had to position themselves marketing-wise to make that sustainable down the road.

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Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Watson Farms, Sandusky County

Week number three of Feeding Farmers, courtesy of AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew to Watson Farms in northern Ohio on the Sandusky-Seneca County line.

The family operation is headed up by Dusten Watson. He took over in recent years after his dad Lee handed down the keys to the next generation, something he plans to do himself down the road. The farm also recently brought on the full-time employee Joe Ringholz.

They’ve experienced a unique planting season. Some much needed rain this past Thursday was “a godsend.” Dusten did say that they should’ve stayed home with regard to planting on May 9th as everything put in the field that day had to be replanted.

Ty Higgins talks more about the farm in the video below.

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Feeding Farmers Week 2 – Green Oak Farms, Preble County

The second week of Feeding Farmers 2016, sponsored by AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew near the Indiana-Ohio state line to Green Oak Farms in Preble County. A notable turnout joined the team for lunch on the grain and livestock farm.

Gary Long runs the grain side of the large operation. He talked with Dale Minyo about their planting season this year and the operation overall.

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OFBF presidents address multiple issues in D.C.

The Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents found themselves among a political whirlwind of various issues, keys votes and presidential politics as they traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to meet with legislators.

Spring had sprung in D.C. where trees and gardens were in bloom and Ohio’s farmer leaders were at work bending the ears of their elected officials in Congress.

“We need our folks from Ohio to come and visit with their legislators so that they can look them in the eye and tell them how what they do in D.C. affects them back on their farm,” said Steve Hirsch, president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “Those are the great things we like to see and the value of this trip.”

While in town there was a key vote in the Senate on a GMO-labeling bill that did not go the way Ohio Farm Bureau was hoping.

“We would like to see the safe and affordable food act pass but I don’t know.

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Ohio Beef Expo highlights

The 2016 Ohio Beef Expo kicked off on Friday. It’s certainly one of the most popular events for Ohio cattlemen to attend. This event attracts over 30,000 participants from 25 states and Canada each year. The Expo included breed sales, shows and displays, educational events, a highly competitive junior show and a trade show with over 140 exhibitors.

On Friday, Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo spoke with Bruce Smith of COBA Select Sires. Listen to the interview here:

Bruce Smith Select Sires Beef interview with Dale Minyo 3-18-16

This annual event, coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, included breed sales, shows and displays, trade show and a highly competitive junior show. This year’s junior show was the largest ever with more than 850 junior heifers and steers and more than 450 exhibitors competing in showmanship.

In the Junior Show, the Grand Champion market animal was the champion crossbred exhibited by Kendra Gabriel from Pickaway County.

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Power Show Ohio

The 46th edition of Power Show Ohio is welcoming nearly 200 exhibitors displaying products from more that 600 companies.

Power Show Ohio offers the opportunity to learn about products in the fields of agriculture, outdoor power equipment and construction.  It’s a chance for those same customers to get information that will afford them the know-how to become more efficient in their operations. The show features displays of the newest and best in tractors, skid steer loaders, commercial mowing equipment, utility vehicles, grain handling, computer software, fence building, hay equipment, buildings, backhoes, logging equipment, compact tractors, livestock equipment plus a number of lifestyle items.

Daily educational seminars will take place all three days.  Products from Ohio Proud partners will be available to sample and purchase and the National Kiddie Tractor Pull Association will be holding pedal tractor pulls on Saturday to determine the National Champion. All youngsters 3 to 8 years old are able to take part in the competition.

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2015 Logan County Fair Photo Gallery

Dale Minyo and the Ohio Ag Net traveled to the Logan County Fair recently, courtesy of AgriGold Hybrids. He sat down with Fair Board President Jim Logan, newly crowned Fair Queen Hannah Clayton, and had a chance to give out several t-shirts to youth and others enjoying the fair. The Jr. Fair Board also enjoyed a gift of $1,000 from AgriGold as part of their 2015 county fair tour.

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National Farm Machinery Show highlights

A huge crowd gathered in Louisville once again for the overwhelming National Farm Machinery Show that offered plenty to see and ample opportunities for walking. Here are some photo and audio highlights from the show.

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Denny Stroo with Case IH talks with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about the new Farmall 100A.

NFMS Denny Stroo

Jason Hardy with New Holland visits with Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese about his company’s acquisition of Miller.

Jason Hardy New Holland

AGCO’s Ash Alt discusses the updates on the Challenger series of tractors.

Ash Alt AGCO

Salford’s Anson Boak gives the details on a fully loaded tillage tool that includes a cover crop seeder.

Anson Boak Salford

Encirca Services recently added a new product to their line, called Encirca Yield Stand. CSA Andrew Bond gives Ty Higgins all of the details.

Andrew Bond

Matt Hutcheson from Seed Consultants talks about new corn products for 2015.

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OFBF Annual Meeting highlights

Taxes and environmental stewardship will be among the top issues addressed during the 96th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) today in Columbus. There is a significant agenda in the year ahead with key issues including water, CAUV and immigration at the state and federal level.

“How are we going to get it done? Collaboration. We have to work together,” said Jack Fisher, OFBF Executive Vice President. “It is about the collaboration of volunteers and staff working together. Maybe it is time to find some new partners as well. The world is changing and there are new opportunities and new partners.”

OFBF is conducting its annual policy meeting that will set the course for the coming year. None of these issues may be more daunting than the challenges ahead with water quality.

“On Aug. 2, at 2 in the morning the mayor of Toledo said, ‘Don’t drink the water.’ That was a game changer,” Fisher said.

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A look at the new Kalmbach Feeds packaging facility

On Thursday, Kalmbach Feeds held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly constructed packaged feed facility. The new facility features the first installed fully-automated palletizing line, which is a hybrid between robot and a conventional palletizer, in the North American feed industry.

The 20,000-square foot production facility is a one-of-a-kind concrete, slip-formed manufacturing plant with ingredient and process towers.

The state-of-the-art climate-controlled warehouse has been expanded by 25,000-square feet to a total of 90,000-square feet and stores more than 7,000 pallets of product. Team members use a fully-implemented warehouse management system to clearly identify pallets and products and maintain first-in, first-out processing. Kalmbach Feeds is also the only feed distributor that utilizes a bar-code reader to track where and when products are received, stored and shipped by lot number and license plate ID.

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Kalmbach Paul Kalbach

Paul Kalmbach visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about the growth his company has seen since 1963 and the need for this new facility thanks to great relationships with customers.

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Heritage holds grand opening for Kenton facility

Heritage Cooperative (Heritage) celebrated the grand opening of a $7 million expansion to its branch in Kenton, Ohio, during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The project includes a new state-of-the-art fuel station, located at 1305 S. Main St. in Kenton, which will provide increased services to Heritage’s local customers.

Among the project’s most important elements is a fuel station, which offers gasoline, E85, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). With four pumps for passenger vehicles, five pumps for commercial vehicles and three dedicated CNG pumps, the station is a valuable new resource for Kenton-area residents and for town and county businesses in public service, agriculture and transportation.

“What makes this new facility unique is the ability to offer unmatched access in this region of the state to a clean-burning, affordable fuel source like CNG,” said Eric Parthemore, CEO, Heritage Cooperative. “As the needs of our customers and members are changing, we know we must evolve to ensure we can deliver better solutions that incorporate the latest technologies, safety features and precautionary measures — this expansion reflects that commitment.”

The new expansion offers significant opportunities for the future.

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