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Ohio Pork Council names Melissa Bell Interim Executive Vice-President

The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to name Melissa Bell as Interim Executive-Vice President, beginning December 16, 2019.

In this role, Bell will work alongside the board of directors to manage and execute OPC’s strategic goals, coordinate state checkoff programs, and continue the organization’s involvement in H2Ohio, in addition to the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative. Bell has served as OPC’s Director of Membership Outreach since May 2018, in which she organized events and maintained relationships with key investors, members and partners of the organization.

“Melissa is a tremendous asset to the Ohio Pork Council, which is why we are pleased to offer her the opportunity to serve as Interim Executive Vice-President,” said Dave Shoup, President, Ohio Pork Council. “Given Melissa’s leadership experience in agriculture, coupled with her passion for the industry, we are confident she will excel in this role.”

Before joining OPC in 2018, Bell served as the Sponsorship Development Consultant at the Ohio FFA Foundation, and prior to that as the Executive Director for the Foundation.

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Bayliss appointed to USB

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue appointed 19 new and 24 returning directors to serve on the United Soybean Board (USB), including Ohioan Charles “Bill” Bayliss from West Mansfield.

These farmer-leaders will be officially sworn in for service at the annual USB meeting on Dec. 11, and serve three-year terms.

“This year we are welcoming one of the largest classes of new directors USB has ever seen,” said USB Chair and Kentucky farmer Keith Tapp. “We have a strong group of new leaders who will join our ongoing work to innovate beyond the bushel. Each adds new perspective to the board and will help USB’s efforts to create new markets and opportunities for soybean farmers.”

Bayliss will join those already serving terms on the board to make a total of 78 directors. USB administers soybean checkoff funds to research, marketing and promotional efforts that maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers.

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Ohio No-Till Conference coming up this week

The Ohio No-Till Conference is coming up this Thursday, Dec. 5. at Der Dutchman Restaurant. 445 South Jefferson (US Route 42), Plain City, OH. Guests can register at the door for $60. Here is the schedule:

9:00 Welcome and Introductions: 
Jan Layman, Hardin County, President, Ohio No-Till Council

9:05 Managing Cover Crops in Spring 2020 Panel of no-till farmers, cover crop experts
Nathan Brause, Cody Beacom, David or Jay Brandt, Glenn Harsh, Eric Niemeyer

10:00 Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, Healthy Life
Mark Anson, Vincennes, Indiana (19,000 acres of no-till with cover crops)

11:00 Break
11:15 Blanchard River Demo Network: Overview
Aaron Heilers, Manager

11:25 Soil Health, No-till and Cover Crops. Panel Moderator: Bret Margraf, Seneca Co.
Mark Anson, David Brandt, Jan Layman

12:05 Ohio No-Till Awards (Sponsored by Walnut Creek Seeds)
Educator/Researcher Award: Blanchard River Demo Farms Network. Aaron Heilers
Business/Industry Awards: Clary Farms; Walnut Creek Seeds; Bird Agronomics
Outstanding No-Till Farmer: Nathan Brause, Crawford County
Scholarship Awards: Jessica Monnier
Aubrey Margraf
Matt Roth (funded by Dr.

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A hunting we will go: laws landowners need to know

By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law Program

With archery season in full swing and deer gun season opening today, hunters will be out in full force across Ohio. That means it’s also high season for questions about hunting laws, trespassers, property harm, and landowner liability. Below, we provide answers to the top ten frequently asked questions we receive on these topics.

I gave them permission to hunt on my land, but do I have to sign something? Permission to hunt should be in writing. Ohio law requires a person to obtain written permission from a landowner or the landowner’s agent before hunting on private lands or waters and to carry the written permission while hunting. A hunter who doesn’t obtain written permission can be subject to criminal misdemeanor charges. ORC 1533.17. The ODNR provides a permission form at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/wildlife/pdfs/publications/hunting/Pub8924_PermissiontoHunt.pdf. If a hunter uses another form, read it carefully before signing and ensure that it only addresses hunting and doesn’t grant other rights that you don’t want to allow on the land.

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Grassroots efforts of Farm Bureau take shape in Columbus this week

Embracing a New Century is the theme of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Meeting, Dec. 4 – 5 at the Columbus Convention Center and Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel.

More than 600 attendees will be on hand as the state’s largest and most influential farm and food organization establishes its policy on important state and federal issues, elects leaders and recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and the organization.

Ohio Farm Bureau delegates and members in attendance will hear from Gov. Mike DeWine at this year’s event. Among other topics of high interest to Ohio agriculture, Gov. DeWine will discuss plans for the newly unveiled H2Ohio water quality initiative.

Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III and Executive Vice President Adam Sharp will address the delegates. They are expected to recap some of the organization’s achievements during its Centennial year including two of its highest priority issues: preservation of the business income tax deduction and a collaborative plan to address water quality challenges, which have been included in the state budget.

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These are those good old days

By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio show

The news just keep getting better regarding the future of fishing in Ohio waters of Lake Erie. Preliminary results from surveys in the western basin of the lake indicate that for the second straight year, data points to an exceptional walleye hatch, the second-highest in the history of the survey, and the yellow perch hatch was also strong, well above its long-term average.

Each year in August, wildlife agencies from Ohio, Ontario, and Michigan sample the western basin of Lake Erie in search of young-of-the-year walleye and yellow perch. Biologists from the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) survey nearly 40 locations between Toledo and Huron. The data is compared with the results from previous years to gauge the success of the walleye and yellow perch hatches.

The Division of Wildlife’s 2019 August walleye hatch index was 143.

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Winter meeting season coming up

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomist

Both Pesticide Applicator license holders and Fertilizer Applicators will attend recertification programs at the same time and place, check the PestEd website https://pested.osu.edu/privaterecertification for a program near you.

And as we get closer to winter meeting season we will post those regional and area agronomy and update meetings. Our Agronomic Crops Team calendar is pretty thin now, but will be full before Christmas. So check our website: http://agcrops.osu.edu/events/calendar, for the events and their locations.

A couple of events on my calendar for crop producers:

  • The Ohio No-Till Conference is Dec. 5 at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson, Plain City. Details are on this website: https://ohionotillcouncil.com.
  • The annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium is Dec. 17, 2019, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH on OSU campus. Register today at ohiograinfarmerssymposium.org.
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Humane Society law revisions

By Ellen Essman, Ohio Law Blog, Agricultural & Resource Law Program at The Ohio State University

HB 24 passed the House unanimously on October 30, and has since been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources. The bill would revise procedures for humane society operations and require humane society agents to successfully complete training in order to serve. Importantly, HB 24 would allow law enforcement officers to seize and impound any animal the officer has probable cause to believe is the subject of an animal cruelty offense. Currently, the ability to seize and impound only applies to companion animals such as dogs and cats.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards $25,000 in ag grants

A new round of almost $25,000 in grants by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will help educate consumers about agriculture and energy, develop leaders and provide resources for teachers to teach agriculture in the classroom. The foundation’s Action & Awareness grants are designed to promote and improve Ohio’s agricultural industry as well as local communities. The grants, which ranged from $750 to $9,000, focus on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond.

Her are the grant recipients and projects.

AgriPOWER to support programming for the 17 members in Class XII. An elite leadership program created by Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER is helping develop and train Ohio farmers and representatives from agricultural stakeholders to become effective leaders, spokespersons and advocates for agriculture. Seven AgriPOWER Institutes are held throughout the year with one in Washington, D.C., and the other in another state.

Ohio Soybean Council for its Ag Bio-Technology Academy 2020.

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Ohio wind legislation introduced

By Ellen Essman, Ohio Law Blog, Agricultural & Resource Law Program at The Ohio State University

Senate Bill 234 was just introduced on Nov. 6, 2019. The bill would give voters in the unincorporated areas of townships the power to have a referendum vote on certificates or amendments to economically significant and large wind farms issued by the Ohio Power and Siting Board.

The voters could approve or reject the certificate for a new wind farm or an amendment to an existing certificate by majority vote. The bill would also change minimum setback distances for wind farms might be measured.

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Winter dairy calf management

By Jason Hartschuh, Extension Educator, Crawford County, Ohio State University Extension

Winter roared in this year way before most of us were ready with corn still in the field, barn doors not dug out and winter calf supplies still in the back corner of the barn. Even though we know winter is coming, it never seems like we are ready when the first blast of winter comes.

Calves are most comfortable when the outside temperatures are between 50 to 68 degrees F, which is a calf’s thermoneutral zone. When temperatures are below the lower critical temperature of 50 degrees F, calves need extra energy to stay warm. At times during winter, this can be a challenge since 50 degrees F at night can have highs of 70 degrees F during the day. Usually calves deep bedded with straw manage this variation by nesting with their legs coved at least to the middle of the back leg when lying down.

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Dairy defined: Dean Foods a reminder of cooperative strength

By the National Milk Producers Federation

“Disruption” is a present-day buzzword, and dairy has had its share. From the globalization of markets to the rise of plant- and cell-based competitors, farmers are grappling with a shifting landscape, even as dairy farms themselves have changed.

But none of that is as personally disruptive as a missed milk check — the interruption of the cash flow that’s necessary to keep a dairy operating. That’s the disruption some farmers have worried about in recent weeks, following the Dean Foods bankruptcy announcement. It’s one we at National Milk have followed closely, and it’s one that forcefully reminds us of the value of the cooperatives we serve, from their farmer-owners to the consumers who depend on them.

Cooperatives have played a crucial role in protecting their members’ economic interests for more than a century. As the industry deals with the uncertainty surrounding what the processing landscape will look like post-Dean Foods, hundreds of dairy farmers have no doubt been wondering what ultimately will happen to their milk as the bankruptcy sorts itself out.

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Give a ham for the holidays

In honor of the upcoming holiday season, the Ohio Pork Council invites Ohioans to make a ham or pork product donation to community members in need across Ohio. For the second year in a row, Ohio Pork Council is teaming up with the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council to participate in this community challenge.

Following the success of last year’s campaign, participants are invited to challenge fellow pork producers, family members and friends on social media to donate a ham to a local food pantry or neighbor in need.

The challenge began Tuesday, Nov. 26, and will last throughout the holiday season.

To share your donation story with the Ohio Pork Council, tag @OhioHogFarmers on Facebook, use #HamsAcrossAmerica #WeCare #GiveAHam, or email Meghann Winters at mwinters@ohiopork.org.

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Ride and Drive Event at the Covington Apple Farm Service

The MANI-TOUR is coming to Apple Farm Service’s Covington location on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The MANI-TOUR is a ride and drive event featuring the latest agricultural handling solutions from Manitou and Gehl, including telehandlers, skid loaders, articulated loaders and track loaders. Join us anytime from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an open house, lunch and plenty of opportunities to get behind the wheel and try out the equipment yourself.

“We’re excited to bring back the Mani-Tour,” said Bill Apple, president of Apple Farm Service. “This will be the third year we’ve hosted this event. We’ve been a Gehl dealership since our origins in 1956, and one of the first Manitou dealerships in the area. However, we find that a vast amount of operators in the area don’t understand the full versatility of these machines. The Mani-Tour is a great opportunity for any operator, farmer, or contractor to try out these efficient machines.”

The MANI-TOUR includes a range of Manitou MLT telescopic loaders and attachments.

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Ohio State report evaluates options for reducing Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms

Several research teams, led by The Ohio State University, have concluded a three-year study evaluating the ability of agricultural management practices to reduce phosphorus-causing harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

In 2012, the United States and Canada set the goal of reducing phosphorus entering the lake by 40%. Now, researchers have a better understanding of what management practices need to be implemented, and what research still needs to be done to meet these goals by 2025.

The majority of phosphorus entering Lake Erie originates from the Maumee River watershed. More than 85% of the phosphorus entering the lake comes from agricultural sources such as fertilizer runoff. To address this, researchers are evaluating what agricultural management practices have potential to reduce this phosphorus, while supporting farmers to maintain profitability.

Photo courtesy of NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

“There’s a lot of edge-of-field work going on that identifies successful practices in single fields.

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Crop progress report for Nov. 25

Cool, wet weather last week hampered both grain dry down and harvesting, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Temperatures
averaged a few degrees below normal and most areas of the State had some rainfall. There were 4.4 days suitable for 70 fieldwork during the week ending November 24.

Corn was 83% harvested, up 8 points from the previous week. Growers reported average grain moisture content of 20%. This continued to slow harvest as some elevators were shuttering early in the day as dryers were overloaded. On-farm grain dryers ran non-stop as well.

Soybean harvest continued to crawl towards a finish; 93% of Ohio soybeans were harvested. The average moisture content was 14%. Going into December, winter wheat appeared to be in decent shape with growers reporting 52% of the crop in good to excellent condition and 38% in fair condition.

In and amongst harvesting activities, growers were able to apply manure and get some fall tillage completed.

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST Program set to kick off season

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is pleased to announce the 2019-20 BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) program sponsoring partners that include AgPro Companies, Bob Evans Farms; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Arena; Kalmbach Feeds – Formula of Champions; M.H. Eby, Inc.; John Deere, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Leather Livestock. BEST is a youth program of OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions, educational contests and leadership opportunities. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www.ohiocattle.org.

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Ohio Farm Bureau adds Schwyn to staff

Kelsie Schwyn has been named director of strategic partnerships and Nationwide services for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Strategic Partnerships department, which was recently created to develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others.

Schwyn joins Ohio Farm Bureau after working as an associate account executive at FLM Harvest, an agricultural strategic consulting, marketing and communication agency, where she supported clients, managed marketing campaigns and cultivated client relationships.

Schwyn was raised on an Angus cattle farm in Newcomerstown. She has degrees in agribusiness and applied economics from both Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois and The Ohio State University.

She and her husband, Brandon, reside in Marysville. They are members of the Union County Farm Bureau and are active in their local church.

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Crop insurance options for producers facing delayed harvest

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) said producers with Federal crop insurance that are experiencing a delay in harvesting their crop and potentially have a loss should contact their Approved Insurance Provider (AIP) to file a Notice of Loss and request more time to harvest. The late maturing crop coupled with extremely wet and wintery conditions this fall have extended harvest for producers across the Midwest.

Brian Frieden, Director of RMA’s Springfield Regional Office, reminds producers who have federal crop insurance coverage and are experiencing delays in harvesting their crop to contact their crop insurance agent to file a Notice of Loss and request more time to harvest.

Producers must file a Notice of Loss and request more time to harvest before the end of the insurance period, so that Federal crop insurance claims are settled based on the amount of harvested production. For producers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, the end of the insurance period for corn and soybeans is Dec.

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Registration now open for OEFFA’s Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

Registration is now open for Ohio’s premier educational and networking event for ecological farmers, backyard growers, and others committed to sustainable agriculture, local food, and green living.

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 40th annual conference, A Climate for Change, will run Thursday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton.
“This year’s event features speakers and sessions dedicated to creating a climate to change agriculture,” said Renee Hunt, OEFFA program director. “Cultivating a resilient, just, and sustainable agricultural system can help farmers mitigate their climate risks, and address our global crisis.”

Each year, the conference draws more than 1,100 attendees. Online registration is now open at www.oeffa.org/conference2020.

OEFFA’s popular conference will feature keynote speakers including:

  • Friday keynote speaker Laura Lengnick is an award-winning soil scientist who has explored agricultural sustainability for more than 25 years as a researcher, policy-maker, educator, author, consultant, and farmer. 
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