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Hardin County – Hardin County agriculture will celebrate agriculture’s role as part of National Ag Week March 15-21 and Ag Day on Wednesday, March 18.  The National Ag Day program encourages every American to: Understand how food and fiber products are produced.  Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.  Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.  Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
 
 
 
According to the most recent National Agricultural Statistic Service Census for Agriculture, Hardin County had 247,839 acres in cropland in 2012.  The most common farm size is 50-179 acres.  The most common farmer is male, with an average age of 58.6 years old.  Hardin County ranked 4th in Ohio for agricultural sales of crops and livestock, generating $272,452,000 in sales.
 
 
Hardin County farmers produced 15,950,000 bushels of corn on 95,000 acres in 2014 with an average yield of 167.9 bushels per acre.  Ohio produced a total 610,720,000 bushels of corn statewide this past year with an Ohio yield average of 176 bushels per acre.  Most of this corn was sold and used as the main ingredient for livestock feed.
 
Hardin County farmers produced 610,000 bushels of wheat on 8,880 acres in 2014 with an average yield of 68.7 bushels per acre.  Ohio produced a total 40,330,000 bushels of wheat statewide this past year with an Ohio yield average of 74 bushels per acre.  Hardin County farmers produce winter wheat, which is planted in the fall and harvested in the summer.
 
Hardin County farmers produced 6,186,000 bushels of soybeans on 116,400 acres in 2014 with an average yield of 53.1 bushels per acre.  Ohio produced a total 254,100,000 bushels of soybeans statewide this past year with an Ohio yield average of 52.5 bushels per acre.  These soybeans were mainly used for their oil and as a protein source for livestock feed.
 
 
Hardin County cattle producers cared for and fed 14,700 head of cattle and calves in 2013.  This ranks Hardin County 30th in Ohio for beef production.  There were also 6000 dairy cows producing milk in Hardin County in 2013, ranking our county 13th in Ohio for dairy production.
 
 
Hardin County pork producers cared for and sold 319,256 head of hogs in 2012.  This ranks Hardin County 3rd in Ohio for number of hogs sold.  Most of the swine raised in the county are cared for in environmentally controlled and monitored buildings, which provide for the best in animal care standards.
 
 
Hardin County sheep producers cared for and fed 1,200 head of sheep in 2012.  This ranks Hardin County 35th in Ohio for sheep production.  Lambs raised in Hardin County are mostly sold for meat production, while wool is marketed for the production of clothing and other uses.
 
 
Hardin County agriculture is very diverse with fruit and vegetable producers, who produce and sell their products through a local produce auction, local farmer’s markets, and roadside stands.  There are also Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) businesses which provide fresh, locally grown products to consumers on a subscription basis.  In addition, some fruits and vegetables are grown in both in traditional and hydroponic greenhouses.
 
The next time you see a Hardin County farmer, thank them for the vital role they play in producing a safe and abundant food supply for our county, state, nation, and world.  They care for their crops and animals in an environmentally responsible way so that enough food can be produced to meet the needs of a growing world population.
 

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Sophomores Kolt Buchenroth, Jared McNeely and Senior Bailey Pees serve pancakes, eggs, sausage and fruit at the breakfast. 
 
Last Wednesday, February the 18th the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter hosted their annual Agricultural Community Breakfast as a way to say thank you to all of the chapters supporters. Members started their day early at 5:30 making eggs and pancakes. The cafeteria staff helped the members throughout the morning by making the sausage and keeping things running smoothly. We had approximately 100 people attend. The chapter would like to thank everyone that attended and the cafeteria staff for their help.
 

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Hardin County – Agricultural fertilizer applicator certification is now required for farmers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale. This requirement was signed into law in June 2014, and also requires certification for commercial agricultural applicators. Farmers who have their fertilizer applied by co-ops or custom applicators are not required to be certified.
 
Farmers and applicators need to attend a training course offered by Ohio State University Extension to become certified. Those who have a pesticide applicator license need to attend a two-hour fertilizer certification. If an applicator does not have a pesticide license, they will be required to attend a three-hour fertilizer certification.  
 
A three-hour certification program for any applicator who does not have a pesticide license will be offered March 5 from 9:00 am -12:00 pm in the McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University. The address for the location is 402 West College Avenue, Ada. Please arrive at by 8:30 am so that materials can be distributed and the program can start on time. This free meeting will meet the certification requirements for those with and without a pesticide license. Pre-registration is required and online registration is available at nutrienteducation.osu.edu. You can also register by calling the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297.
 
Fertilizer is defined for the regulation as any substance containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, or other plant nutrient in a dry or liquid formulation. All application types such as broadcast, side dress, sub-surface, knifing and other are included in the certification requirement. Lime and limestone are not included as fertilizer for the certification and farmers who only use starter fertilizer in their planter boxes are exempted. Applicators who are a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Ohio Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) are not required to attend the training. The agriculture fertilizer certification is not required for manure applications as these are currently regulated.
 
Applicators who meet the criteria for the certification must attend training by September 30, 2017. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is the agency issuing the certification for agriculture fertilizer applications. Their website has information regarding the regulation at agri.ohio.gov.  There will also be a two-hour certification program on March 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for applicators who currently hold an pesticide license.  This training will be held at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory as part of the annual Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training. For more information about other training sessions or general materials for the agriculture fertilizer certification, visit nutrienteducation.osu.edu or contact Mark Badertscher, Hardin County OSU Extension at badertscher.4@osu.edu.
 

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Hardin County – The Hardin County OSU Extension (OSUE) office will be the host of four Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Connection webinars from Ohio State University Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team on January 20, February 3, February 17, and March 10.  These agronomic crop webinars will be viewed at the Hardin County Extension office, located at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton.  OSU Extension Educator Mark Badertscher will be facilitating the webinars for the local audience.
 
January 20 will be the first webinar concentrating on Precision Agriculture.  It will start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm.  ‘Using Precision Ag to Make Informed Decisions’ will be the topic of the presentation.  It will be taught by Dr. John Fulton, Extension Specialist-Machinery Systems, OSUE.  ‘Can Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) be an Agronomic Tool?’ will also be presented by John Barker, Extension Educator, Knox County.
 
February 3 will be the second webinar concentrating on Soybean Production.  It will start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm.  ‘Agronomic Practices to Maximize Soybean Yield’ will be the topic of the presentation.  It will be taught by Dr. Laura Lindsey, Extension Specialist-Soybean and Small Grain Production, OSUE.  ‘Late Season Soybean Pest issues’ will be taught by Dr. Andy Michel, Extension Specialist-Entomology, OSUE.  
 
February 17 will be the third webinar concentrating on Corn Production.  It will start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm.  ‘Corn Interaction with Today’s Production Management Systems’ will be the topic of the presentation.  It will be taught by Dr. Peter Thomison, Extension Specialist-Corn Production, OSUE.  ‘What is the latest research on Ear Molds and Mycotoxins?’ will also be presented by Dr. Pierce Paul, Extension Specialist-Corn and Small Grain Plant Pathology, OSUE.
 
March 10 will be the fourth webinar concentrating on Agronomic Utilization of Manure.  It will start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm.  ‘Can Manure Sourced Nutrients be used to Meet Crop Need?’ will be the topic of the presentation.  It will be taught by Greg LaBarge, Field Specialist-Agronomic Systems, OSUE.  ‘Alternative Applications Timing to Take Advantage of Nitrogen’ will be taught by Glen Arnold, Field Specialist-Manure Nutrient Utilization, OSUE. 
 
If you would like to attend any of these webinar presentations, please call the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297 or email Mark Badertscher at badertscher.4@osu.edu to RSVP so that preparations can be made to accommodate the number of people interested in attending.  These webinar programs are sponsored locally by Farm Credit Mid-America, with an office in Bellefontaine.  Refreshments will be provided to those who attend.
 
For more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension web site at www.hardin.osu.edu, or the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page.
 

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A local 4-H’er,Jordan Furer, of the Country Timer’s 4-H Club, was selected to attend the National 4-H Congress, held from November 28 through December 2, in Atlanta, Georgia. Delegates to this national event were selected earlier in the year based on their documented 4-H and community achievements. Jordan was selected based on his state and local involvement with rabbits.
 
The purpose of the National 4-H Congress is to reward each delegates' achievements; provide new and educational and cultural experiences; provide a forum for interaction and exchange of ideas among youth and adults; and encourage leaders of business, government, education, and public affairs to share in the development of youth. This year the theme of the congress was “Passport to Excellence”
 
Jordan reflected on his participation by saying, “During my time there I learned about the different cultures around the United States and Puerto Rico. The most fun I had was at the international dance which had food stands from around the world such as Italy, England, Russia, Spain, Sweden, U.S.A, China and France. All of the delegates kept busy during the 4-H National Congress attending a variety of workshops each day. While there, I also had the opportunity to volunteer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank where myself and 49 other delegates sorted 16,469lbs of food, then boxed that into 13,724 meals."
 
More than 1,000 youth participated in the National 4--H Congress in Atlanta. Jordan was one of 28 youth in Ohio who were selected to attend out of more than 500 interested applicants.

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The Kenton FFA Chapter traveled to Louisville, Kentucky with students of the Marion Local and New Breman chapters. We started off our trip with a tour of Papa John’s corporate headquarters. There students got to observe the making of dough balls as well as meeting the famous founder of Papa John’s restaurant. We then finished off the night with Easton Corbin and Justin Moore in concert at the KFC Yum! Center.

 

The next day we explored the convention center and watched the National Chapter Awards. The group then went to the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. Each member got to see how all the bats are made, and received their own personal mini bat from the factory. The day ended with a dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.

 

The third and final day consisted of hearing Jeff Simmons, the president at Elanco, speak about the growing world population and the need to feed the nine billion people that will be here by the year 2050 with less land to do it on. We then toured the consolidated grain and barge facility in Aurora, Indiana before coming back home.

 

There were a total of twenty three members in attendance from our chapter this year. Student Advisor Jared McNeely says that “Our members had a great time and learned some very educational things that they will be able to bring back to Kenton and help better the chapter as well as the community.”

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Hardin County – Molly Shick was honored at this year’s Farm Science Review as Hardin County’s 100 Faces of Ohio Women in Agriculture recipient.  She was nominated by the OSU Extension based on her involvement in agriculture and ability to serve as a role model for other women involved in the agricultural industry.  Shick indicated in her bio that she is proud to help her father on their family farm in Hardin County.  Being involved in 4-H and FFA allowed her to start her agriculture career at an early age.  When she was just 16 years old, she cash rented ground that she later purchased.   
 
Shick earned a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business from The Ohio State University.  After graduation, she started a consulting business where she worked with area farmers and Extension offices in the Indian Lake Watershed doing intensive pest management.  She has also worked with Honda scouting specialty soybeans that were being exported to Japan for tofu, did soil sampling using precision technology, and worked with local colleges offering job shadowing and internships to agriculture students. 
 
Shick is involved with a local college helping their administration build a curriculum for future precision ag technology classes.  In 2011, she moved into the crop insurance industry working as a claims adjuster for John Deere Financial, which has been a very rewarding career for her.  Shick states, “I am fortunate to be able to instill values that I learned from growing up on a farm into my 13 year old twins.  It is very rewarding to watch them learn firsthand the morals, values, and hard work ethics that agriculture instills.   I don’t know where their paths may lead, but agriculture has given them a firm foundation to build their lives upon.”
 
When asked what is her favorite motivational quotation, Shick gave two quotes:
 
“Grow where you are planted” and “She believed she could, so she did.” She says she really likes these quotes because they define her career in agriculture perfectly.  Although her intention was originally to earn a bachelor’s degree in business, it was her high school FFA advisors and guidance counselor at The Ohio State University that encouraged her to focus on an Ag Business degree.  She said that she is very thankful that she took their advice.  
 
When asked what advice she has for the next generation of young women in agriculture, Shick responded, “The world of agriculture has been a great industry to be involved in.   Agriculture has provided me with a very rewarding and satisfying career with endless opportunities.  I would encourage all young men and women with an interest in agriculture to become involved in their agriculture community on some level, whether it is with local 4-H clubs, Farm Bureau, FFA chapters, local schools or farming operations.  Agriculture offers many job opportunities and is a great industry to build a career in.  My career in agriculture has challenged me to do and learn new things every day.   My brother’s favorite quote is one that I’ve tried to follow.  “Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead where there is no path and leave a trail.“  I encourage each and every one to do just that.”
 

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Hardin County – Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative and local Master Gardener Volunteer Dave McPheron were recognized as state winners at the Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer Conference held this past weekend at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware.
 
 
 
Tim Street, Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative Vice President of Marketing was present at the annual awards banquet to receive the Friend of Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) Award.  This award is based on support to county OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer programs.
 
The beautiful educational gardens that are called the Friendship Gardens of Hardin County would not be possible without the generous support of Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative and other charitable individuals, groups, and businesses.  The handicapped-accessible gardens and shelter house provide a unique setting to learn about gardening and provide hands-on learning opportunities to serve Harco Industries and Simon-Kenton School, as well as other groups.
 
The Friendship Gardens was also a state finalist for the Outstanding MGV Project at the State MGV Conference.  It is the site of such educational programs as the ‘Children’s Day in the Friendship Gardens’ and ‘An Evening Garden Affair’ which is done in cooperation with the Hardin County Men’s Garden Club each summer.  The Friendship Gardens of Hardin County is located at 960 Kohler Street in Kenton and is open to the public from dawn to dusk from April through October.
 
 
Local Master Gardener Volunteer Dave McPheron received the state Outstanding MGV Award.  A MGV for 12 years, McPheron has been very active sharing his OSU Horticulture degree, garden center ownership, and work experience knowledge by educating others.  He has spent numerous hours answering county horticulture questions, as well as providing solutions for gardening problems from around the state via the ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ online system. 
 
He has taught new Master Gardener classes in Allen, Hancock, Wyandot, Seneca, and Logan Counties.  He is constantly assisting other local MGVs, by helping with their development and mentoring at meetings, events, and working side-by-side with them in the educational gardens.  Because of his leadership and the teamwork of the other MGVs, Hardin County also received the State Gold Standards of Excellence Award at this year’s conference.
 
McPheron has worked with youth, teaching kindergarteners, 4-H members, and other children on how to garden.  He has also worked with adults in the community, presenting programs at the OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Homemakers event in addition to speaking to various garden clubs in the county.  He has kept his horticulture skills up-to-date attending several workshops, and helped plan, build, and develop the Friendship Gardens.  He serves as the current president of the Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and was also a state finalist for the Outstanding MGV Volunteer Coordinator Award at this year’s conference.
 

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Hardin County - During the month of September, Extension volunteer rainfall reporters received an average of 2.08 inches of rain.  The most rain for this month, 3.58 inches, fell in Liberty Township, as measured by Phil Epley.  The least rain reported during the month, 1.05 inches, was reported in Taylor Creek Township by Silver Creek Supply.  During the same month last year, an average of 3.23 inches of rain fell.  The rainfall recorded in September over the past ten years averaged 3.70 inches.  
 
For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in the townships was 19.91 inches, ranging from 24.04 inches in Liberty Township to 17.02 inches in Buck Township.  Even with the wet spring, the growing season average rainfall was still 2.79 inches below the ten year average for Hardin County for the same period.  Recent rains have paused soybean harvest, while some farmers have begun shelling corn.  Most of the wheat crop has been planted, with some fields emerged.  Fertilizer and manure is being applied, followed up with fall tillage operations.
 

Township

Reporter

Sept.

2014

Growing Season (from Apr. 15-2014)

Blanchard Township

Crop Production Services

3.15

23.53

Buck Township

Heritage Cooperative/Kenton

1.10

17.02

Cessna Township

Steve Lowery

2.45

19.59

Dudley Township

Dale Rapp

1.37

19.03

Goshen Township

Brien Bros. Farm

1.16

17.83

Hale Township

Tim Ramsey

1.30

19.66

Jackson Township

Jim McVitty

2.65

21.29

Liberty Township

Phil Epley

3.58

24.04

Lynn Township

Jan Layman

1.60

20.42

Marion Township

Mark Lowery

3.05

19.21

McDonald Township

Jerry Stout    

1.38

22.77

Pleasant Township

Robert McBride

2.02

18.13

Roundhead Township

Mike Lautenschlager

2.15

19.95

Taylor Creek Township

Silver Creek Supply

1.05

17.98

Washington Township

Randy Preston

3.13

18.19

 

Average

2.08

19.91

 

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Hardin County – Throughout its history, Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture.  The Molly Caren Agricultural Center (MCAC) near London, Ohio is home to the Farm Science Review and attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural production.  The educational programs feature Ohio State and Purdue specialists and are second to none in the agricultural exhibition world.
 
The 80-acre exhibit area allows visitors and exhibitors to experience all aspects of agriculture production.  Inside the exhibit area are the static displays, but the FSR dedicates over 600 acres of land for field demonstrations such as corn and soybean combines, tillage, nutrient and lime applications, and drainage installations.
 
The Gwynne Conservation Area, GCA, is a 67-acre demonstration and education area for agriculture and natural resources management practices.  The Gwynne is home to a natural stream, wetland, ponds, windbreak plantings, crop tree plantings, wildlife food plots, soil pit, riparian forests, dry hydrant and much more.  The Gywnne also has an all-season log cabin where educational sessions and classes are taught.
 
As we move forward improving the Farm Science Review, we cannot forget the people and places that provided the foundation of what the FSR is today.
 
Roy M. Kottman, a former dean of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (known as the College of Agriculture at the time) is credited for launching Farm Science Review.  At the time, the college was looking for a replacement to "Farm and Home Week," a 46-year-old program that came to its end in 1959.  In 1961, Kottman was approached by M.R. Maxon, regional branch sales manager for International Harvester Corporation.  Maxon wanted to know if Ohio State was interested in sponsoring a farm machinery show that would include field demonstrations and educational displays.
 
Meetings between Kottman and Maxon soon involved Ray Mattson of the Columbus Tractor Club, Thomas Wonderling of OSU Extension, and Robert P. Worral from the College of Agriculture.  In March 1962, the group finalized a "Memorandum of Agreement" among the Ohio Expositions Commission, the Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (known as the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station at that time).  Later that year, Ohio State President Novice G. Fawcett signed the memorandum.  Kottman signed for the College of Agriculture and Rowland Bishop signed for the Ohio Expositions Commission. Farm Science Review was officially born.
 
The first show was held in 1963 at the Ohio State University Don Scott Airport in northwest Columbus, Ohio.  Over 18,000 visitors paid 50 cents a ticket to view 116 commercial exhibits and be the first to witness no-till corn demonstrations.  For the next decade, visitors were treated to such programs as research on 20-inch and 30-inch corn rows, the introduction of big farm equipment, solid-row soybean planting, conservation exhibits, fertilizer application by airplane, and research to fight corn blight.
 
Gate tickets will be $10.00.  We also have information at our office for the special needs vehicles.  
 

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Kids coming out to the fair on Saturday will be able to participate in an activity designed to teach them about livestock farming.
 
 
The Commodities Carnival will teach kids about what it takes to raise livestock in this modern world. The activity was created by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, but will be put on by 4-H members from Hardin County. Chris Grams, Director of Corporate Communications at CME Group, said that the carnival is put on all summer all across the United States, at county and state fairs, and it’ll be a fun activity for young people.
 
"The great thing about the activity is that it is being led by 4-H teams at state and county fairs all across the US. So people will see the commodity carnival banner and they'll be able to participate in the game. How it works is the kids will be challenged to play this two part activity where they will grow and sell their steer." said Grams. "First they will start with a little golden Easter egg. That egg represents their steer and they'll be challenged to think about various inputs that go into the steer to develop it and bring it to market." said Grams
 
Grams continued. "There'll be various buckets on the activity table that'll be filled with things like corn feed, which represents the largest input that goes into a steer. There'll be other buckets which represent energy and transportation costs, some farm costs and some health care costs. So they'll be challenged to fill up their steer and be taken to a scale which will give them a break even cost for their "steer".
 
Grams said that then they'll be given a coin which will take them to a second stage, the market stage.
 
"We have a board which we're calling the 'Risk Ranch' which represents the randomness of the market. It's designed like the Plinko Board and they'll drop their coin down the board and the result will represent their final price that they'll bring at market. So they'll get a price at the end of the game and they'll find out if they made money, broke even, or in some cases, if they lost money." said Grams.
 
According to information provided by CME Group, the activity will take place today and tomorrow in the Goshen Barn at the Hardin County fair on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 

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Pictured are the members that worked with the pork producers from L to R: Dylan King, Jared McNeely, Koly Buchenroth, Jana Cronley, Taylor Gilfillan, Hayden Sherman, Katie Shoemaker and the Buckeye Community Health Plan Mascot.

 

Some members of the Kenton FFA Chapter attended the Ohio State Fair on July 29th. They were not showing livestock or riding rides. They could have been found in one of the two Pork Producers locations serving a variety of pork favorites at the fair. Customers lined up as the chapter worked their five hour shift. Jared McNeely (Student Advisor) was in charge of recruiting students to help us. “I thought it was a great learning experience, getting to interact with people from all of the state.” said McNeely. The chapter would like to thank The Ohio Pork Producers for the opportunity to work again this year and also all of the members that came and helped.

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Hardin County – Hail struck area fields in the county south of Mt. Victory July 27.  According to OSU corn specialist Peter Thomison (CORN 2014-25), the impact of hail damage is largely dependent on the corn’s stage of development.  Checking the corn earlier this week, the field in question was in the V-10 to V-13 growth stages, which is based on the number of leaf collars on the plant.  Because the corn was planted late, it had yet to enter the reproductive stage where pollination occurs and the kernels start to form on the ears.  
 
Hail affects yield primarily by reducing stands and defoliating plants.  Loss of leaves reduces the ability of the plant to conduct photosynthesis, which allows for plant growth and development.  When the corn plant is smaller, the growth point is at or below the surface of the soil.  However, the affected fields near Mt. Victory were further along in the growth process, which makes the plant more vulnerable to hail damage.  The hail also did damage to the corn stalks, puncturing and tearing stalk tissue.
 
Hail damage to leaves usually looks worse than it really is because this time of year shredded leaves and broken leaf midribs still have ability to contribute to plant growth.  Because of this fact, plants that are not killed by hail and have not yet gone into tassel will begin to re-grow three to five days after being damaged by hail.  It is difficult to determine potential yield loss because of various factors that must be considered.
 
The planting date will affect yield loss even before considering hail damage.  Since corn in this area was planted late due to excessive rains, yield potential was already challenged.  Soil types and drainage capacity will also affect the ability for this crop to reach its potential.  It is estimated that a field checked in this area showed over 50% defoliation.  Based on OSU research from hail damaged crops, this would indicate that we could expect a yield loss of 10-34%, not including yield loss from other factors such as a late planting date.
 
Soybeans in the same area were checked for damage as well.  These plants were in the R3 growth stage, which is beginning pod stage.  At this growth stage, soybeans are most affected by hail damage, causing defoliation.  According to Laura Lindsey (CORN 2014-25), OSU soybean and small grains specialist, soybeans which show at least a 50% defoliation at this stage of growth will show a yield loss of 9-18%.  However, the fields affected by the storm were planted late, so their yield potential will also be affected by a shortened growing season with less light and heat units.
 
A study was conducted by OSU this past year at the South Charleston branch of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), with soybeans in the same growth stage as the southern Hardin County fields to test the affect of simulated hail damage.  In this test, defoliation was 40-45% that resulted in a reduced yield of 62 bushels per acre compared to a non-injured plot, which yielded 74 bushels per acre.  These results shows the potential for reduced yields, but cannot be a direct comparison with the fields in question because of other variables.
 
Although we have had a mild summer with cooler temperatures, soybeans will still produce one to two tri-foliate leaf clusters per week as long as we have adequate moisture and favorable temperatures.  Under these conditions in last year’s trial, there was little evidence of defoliation 12 days after the simulated hail damage.  Soybeans grown in Ohio will usually adapt to various situations, so it is too early to tell the exact impact that this storm will have on the final yield of the crop.  Currently the stems of the soybean plants have about three to five tri-foliate leaf clusters and some upper plant nodes have been broken off, which will affect the final yield of the crop.
 

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Hardin County – Do you know how to dig corn roots and look for the presence of Corn Rootworm damage?  Hardin County OSU Extension will be offering a Corn Rootworm Twilight Tour on Tuesday, July 1 at 7:00 pm.  Participants at this Twilight Tour will learn how big of a problem this pest is, along with how to manage it.  Rohrs Farms, 810 Courtright Street in McGuffey, Ohio will be the location of this evening event.  Dr. Andy Michel, OSU Extension Specialist, Entomology will be the presenter.
 
Producers will be able to view sample damaged roots and find out what can be done to prevent the issue of Bt resistant corn rootworms in Hardin County and throughout the state.  Participants will use Bt test strips to check for presence of this trait in corn plants.  They will find out which types of rotations are the most at risk and get their questions answered about this pest before it causes economic damage to their corn crop.  This program is free and open to farmers and agribusinesses interested managing corn rootworm.
 

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Hardin County – The Hardin County Men’s Garden Club with the assistance of the Hardin County Master Gardeners, is sponsoring  “An Evening Garden Affair” on Monday evening June 23rd at the Friendship Gardens of Hardin County, located at 960 Kohler Street in Kenton.  The program is from 6 to 9 pm and will feature a presentation by Dr. Laura Deeter, Associate Professor & Coordinator, Landscape Horticulture & Horticultural Science, OSU A.T.I. Wooster, Ohio.
 
 Pam Bennett, OSU Extension state Master Gardener Coordinator and 2013 speaker, speaks with participants at last year’s “An Evening Garden Affair.”
 
Dr. Deeter will present a program on Perennials for the home gardener.  The event is free and open to the public, rain or shine with the program inside the Harco workshop.  Master Gardener volunteers will be stationed throughout the Friendship Garden for the evening to answer your garden questions.  Door prizes and refreshments will be part of the evening festivities.  If you have not visited the Friendship Garden, this will provide you with an ideal time for your first visit and to come away with good garden information and advice.    
 
The evening begins at 6 pm with causal browsing in the garden and refreshments. Dr. Deeter will speak at 7 pm and the evening will continue after her presentation with a further chance to visit the Friendship Gardens.  All who have an interest in gardening will not want to miss this event.  Parking is at the garden off Kohler Street or in front of Harco Industries.  For further information contact the OSU Extension Office.
 

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The Hardin Northern FFA had 22 members attend the 2014 State FFA Convention on May 1-2 in Columbus.
 
The FFA chapter was recognized as a Top 10 Chapter and interviewed in the areas of chapter and community development.  Lukas Schroeder and Ashton Stevenson interviewed for the chapter development area and Tiffany Breidenbach interviewed on behalf of the chapter in the community development area. 
 
Members of the Hardin Northern FFA attended the State FFA Convention May 1-2 in Columbus.
 
Hardin Northern had many students participate in activities within the convention. Kayla Whitaker participated in the State FFA Chorus and Awakened Commotion members sang during the first and fifth convention sessions in addition to competing in the Talent Show. Members of Awakened Commotion are Collin Hoffman, David Allen, Mariah Burton, Breanna Cook, Danielle Miller, Sara Morris, Grace King, and Lukas Schroeder. They placed 4th in the Talent Show. The treasurer, secretary, and reporter books all received a gold rating at the state level. Secretary Julia Poling, Treasurer Billy Mills, and Reporter Molly Wilson were given this award based on their books kept from the year before and did an outstanding job. 
 
The Hardin Northern FFA was once again named a Top 10 FFA Chapter in Ohio based on the activities, goals, and achievements of the FFA chapter.  The chapter was also ranked Top 10 in the areas of Chapter Development and Community Development.
 
Taylor Brown and Rhiannon Ferkins received Washington Leadership Conference scholarships from Marathon for this summer. They will be heading to Washington DC July 8-13. Rose Rall received third in the state with her Equine Placement Proficiency. Rose also received her State FFA Degree for the hours and earnings she has with her horse SAEs, rabbits, market lambs, and steers.
 
Congratulations to all members for their achievements.
 
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Lynn Valley Farmers 4-H met April 30th with Kolt Buchenroth as President. The American Pledge was led by Kolby Wilcox and the 4-H pledge was led Samantha Lowe. April 30th was the last night for any project changes. Dairy beef weigh in is May 31 8~10:00am at the fairgrounds. June 1st is the deadline for livestock ownership.
 
June 6th is Camp sign up at 8am at the Extension Office. Club dues must be paid before you can sign up for camp.
 
June 11th will be Quality Assurance at the club meeting. If you wish to keep your records on line instead in books you will need to talk to Kolt.
 
Demonstrations given were from Olivia Whiting on Dairy beef feeder feed, Samantha Lowe on cake decorating and Dylan King on how to show and wash a pig. Demonstrations for the next meeting will be: Wes Minter and Delaney Althauser
 
Next meeting will be May 14th at 6pm at the Lynn Valley Township Hall. We will be planting flowers and refreshments will be donated by the trustee's. Tyler Buxton made the motion to adjourn the meeting and Gage Buxton 2nd.
 
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Members that attended the convention from L to R: (Front Row) Peyton Brooks, Konner Alban, Calynn Morris, Carrie Morris, Robin Fesal, and Haylie Sheldon. (Second Row)Hannah Heilman, Jackson Althauser, Kolt Buchenroth, Kirsten Osborn, Kelli Haudenschield, and Courtney Fulton. (Back Row) Bailey Pees, Jared McNeely, Damian Sheldon, Dylan Canode, Brandon Asbury Jordan Vermillion, AJ Sorgan, Kameron Kaylor and Dylan King.

 

 

Twenty One members of the Kenton-OHP FFA chapter attended day one of the two day long Ohio FFA State Convention, May 1-2 at the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center. The group started by touring the John Deere training center in Plain City, as well as tours at the OSU Ag Campus and the OSU Beef Farm.

 

The group listened to keynote speakers and watched many awards presented. On day two, Reporter Chelsea Adkins and Treasurer Haley Sherman were recognized on stage for receiving a gold rating for their Officer Books. Also, Austin Phillips, Damian Sheldon, and Morgan Bloom received their state degree on Friday.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- High school agriculture programs sprouting across the nation's Corn Belt are teaching teenagers, many of them in urban environments, that careers in the field often have nothing to do with cows and plows.
 
Chase Martin, left, and Harley Brown work with teacher Chris Kaufman on a project during Plant and Soil Science class at Beech Grove High School Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. High school agriculture programs sprouting across the nation’s Corn Belt are teaching teenagers, many of them in urban environments, that careers in the field often have nothing to do with cows and plows. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
 
 
The curriculums, taking hold as school budgets tighten and the numbers of farms in the U.S. decline, are rich in science and touted as stepping stones for college-bound students considering careers in everything from urban forestry to renewable natural resources and genetic engineering of crops, perhaps for agribusiness giants such as Monsanto, Dow, DuPont and Pioneer.
 
Ag-minded students are in luck: Tens of thousands of jobs open up each year in the broader agriculture field, and roughly half are filled by college grads with actual ag-related degrees, observers say.
 
"There's a shortage of workers in a number of careers, and the numbers of those jobs are staggering," said Harley Hepner, the Illinois State Board of Education's chief consultant for ag education. "Schools that understand we can get students in the ag program know they're going to be taxpaying citizens with good-paying jobs."
 
Along with school programs, membership in Future Farmers of America is up to about 580,000 - nearly double its ranks of the mid-1980s. That spike dispels the notion the national organization is merely a haven for farm kids, given that the number of U.S. farms are on a long-term downward trend, shrinking another 4 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the latest federal figures available.
 
Untold numbers of FFA members have scant to do with farms, as Rebecca Goodman illustrates.
 
In Indiana, where corn is king, the 18-year-old junior is her school's active FFA president but could never be confused for a country girl. Goodman, who's lived in Indianapolis since she was 3, had never been on a farm, and her experience with animals is limited to cats and dogs.
 
"The only thing I planted was a small garden, and the only thing that grew out of it were weeds," she admits.
 
Yet Goodman aspires to be a conservation officer, crediting tiny Beech Grove schools' fledgling agricultural sciences program with steering her that way.
 
Beech Grove's Applied Life Sciences Academy, unveiled in November 2012, is billed as a place of hands-on, frequently technical exploration of live plants and animals. Educators say it makes a connection, helping students who otherwise may grapple with comprehending concepts and theories in a traditional math or science class.
 
"We live on the motto that 99 percent of the population doesn't have anything to do with (farm) production," said Chris Kaufman, a former state education department ag specialist who helped set up Beech Grove's program.
 
Classes include animal science, plant and soil science, separate offerings of advanced animal and plant science, natural resources, and an introductory course. Some of the courses earn the students high school science credits.
 
Such offerings increasingly have cropped up in many states in recent years in the nation's breadbasket. Seven Kansas high schools and four in Nebraska joined the fold in the past school year. Over the past three years, Missouri has added seven to bring its statewide total to 331 - up 82 from two decades ago - and Illinois added 10.
 
Beech Grove's program, among 13 the state has added since 2010, has two middle school and two high school teachers for nearly 500 students, a number that helps the program pay for itself thanks to a state fund that gives districts a per-student stipend depending on the class. Those payouts range from $375 to $450 per student, accounting for what Kaufman says has funneled $180,000 into Beech Grove's coffers.
 
"Beech Grove needed more electives and teachers, and this was a perfect fit that didn't cost much," he said. "This is about understanding the environment and the world around you as it relates to animals, plants and food, then going out with those skills to get a good career."
 
It's appeared to connect with Goodman, who remembers "kind of having a hard time with what I wanted to do with my life and was going by the book - be a nurse or something. It kind of made me boxed in, made me feel depressed."
 
"Before this (program) came, I was in a dark place," she said. "It's helped me find my way back."
 
Classmate Alicia Perez, 17, once dismissed learning about agriculture, convinced "this is gonna be for people who wanna be farmers." Not so, she now submits.
 
"It's an amazing program, really life-changing," the 17-year-old junior said of learning about plants and food, which feed her dreams of becoming a chef. "My heart is in culinary arts, and there are so many different careers you can pursue in agriculture.
 
"This is definitely something you have to go into to realize it's so much broader."

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National FFA Officers say that they enjoy personal contact with other FFA members. By the time their terms end, the six National FFA Officers potentially are in contact with 20 percent of the more than 500,000 FFA members around the nation.
 
National FFA Secretary Mitch Baker tells Brownfield that in addition to gaining airport navigation skills during 300 days of travel, the FFA members that he meets have an impact on him.
 
“Every ag education program is diverse and different, except for the fact that everyone’s a family, and it’s a very big family feel that gives FFA members a sense of belonging that they might not otherwise have,” said Baker, during a stop at Brownfield Ag News Tuesday. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve taken away from this year of service.”
 
Much of what the national officers do is to talk one-on-one with FFA members. FFA Southern Region Vice-President Jackson Harris says that in addition to talking, he feels it’s necessary to listen.
 
“That’s what we were trained to do, but also that’s just kind of what we feel like we ought to do because that first thing in any meaningful conversation is to figure out where the other person’s at and to really listen to their story and their heart and then be able to connect with them after you start to understand who they are,” said Harris.
 
Harris, who is from Alabama, and Baker, from Tennessee, are about half done with their terms as National FFA Officers.
 
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Hardin County – The 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which officially created the Cooperative Extension System, will take place in 2014. This celebration will highlight Extension’s past and focus on the contemporary application of Extension’s transformational educational programming into the future. There will be a national celebration in May marking the signing of the Smith-Lever Act which provided for the Cooperative Extension Service.
 
 
The Ohio State University Marching Band plans to recognize OSU Extension in October during the homecoming football game with a special band show saluting Extension work in Ohio.  Extension work started locally in Hardin County in 1918 with the hiring of S.R. Heffron as the first county agent.  This was carried out with the cooperation of the Farm Bureau when war emergency seed corn was provided to farmers.  Two hundred producers attended threshing meetings that year and demonstrations were conducted on control of Stinking Smut Disease in wheat.
 
Extension has changed since then with the addition of 4-H and Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Community Development educators in addition to Agriculture and Natural Resources.  What memories do you have of Hardin County OSU Extension?  Did you attend Twilight Tours, Sheep Tours, Conservation Tillage Club meetings, field days, pond clinics, or other Agriculture and Natural Resources programs?  If so, how have these programs made an impact on your operation?  Did you change the way you were doing something or try a new practice? 
 
 
The main idea behind agricultural extension is that research is conducted by the University in cooperation with local farmers and county educators, commonly referred to as agriculture extension agents.  The data collected by these county educators is then sent to the University for analysis by agriculture research professors.  These researchers study the data and make recommendations for crop and livestock improvements.  County educators work with field specialists and state specialists to make sure the new recommendations get back out to the counties, where it is applied and needed to make improvements in agriculture.
 
The way that the information gets back out to the counties may include farm visits, field days, face-to-face meetings, classes, newsletters, news articles, web postings, and other media.  Programs are planned to teach the new information in a way that is easy to understand and useful for the producer.  The important factor to consider is that the information being taught to the local producer is from unbiased university research and not just an internet web site that may or may not include factual information.  Extension provides many different programs which meet the needs of many different issues or problems faced by today’s grain farmers, livestock producers, or homeowners.
 
Agriculture and Natural Resources programs held in Hardin County this past year included OSU Extension Master Gardeners, a two-day Sheep Management Tour of Hancock, Marion, and Holmes Counties, Western Bean Cutworm research to find out whether this pest is invading our crops, Soybean Yield-Factor research to learn how to increase soybean yields, and a county Weed Survey to study which weeds are becoming resistant to herbicides.  Conservation Tillage Breakfast meetings were held in cooperation with the Hardin and Logan County Soil and Water Conservation Districts on such topics as plant diseases and fungicides, weed control strategies, grain marketing outlook, agricultural law and Commercial Drivers License (CDL) requirements for farmers.
 
 
Agronomy webinars were held to teach farmers about the latest methods of corn production, soybean production, and weed control in crops.  Sheep and goat webinars were held to instruct producers about lambing and kidding, feeding forages in a small ruminant digestive system, management and record keeping, and selecting the right breed for a market area.  884 farmers and crop consultants registered to attend the Conservation Tillage Conference in Ada, which had about 60 speakers and 50 exhibitors to learn the latest agronomic information.  
 
A fruit and vegetable Crop Walk program was held to assist both Amish and English horticulture growers with insects, weeds, and diseases that can be a problem with these types of crops.  65 farmers attended two Hardin County Pesticide Applicator Trainings held in Kenton to be updated on the latest information regarding pesticide use and safety.  Weekly conference calls were held regarding crop production in Hardin County to help prepare recommendations for the Crop Observation and Recommendation Network (C.O.R.N. newsletter) which helped contribute local information to over 3000 individuals in Hardin County, Ohio, and across the nation.  One-on-one instruction was provided to help local citizens with questions about horticultural insects, weeds, plant diseases, and farm management questions and concerns.
 
This year marks the 22nd year of rainfall reporting in all 15 townships in the county.  This monthly information has been provided by the Extension office to assist with growing season decisions for crop producers.  This year, real-time information will also be provided through the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network.  This CoCoRaHS system will allow people to access timely rainfall information.  Both rainfall collection systems will complement each other, providing a wealth of rainfall data to assist farmers with fields around the county as well as across county lines for daily, weekly, and monthly rainfall information.
 
 
The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame inducted six new people for their outstanding contributions to agriculture.  Monthly Ag Council meetings were held to share county and agricultural information with several guests and speakers.  Partnerships were continued with various commodity and other agricultural groups including the Hardin County Agricultural Society, Farm Bureau, Soil and Water Conservation District, Cattle Producers, Dairy Service Unit, Pork Producers, and Sheep Improvement Association.  A conservation practices lesson was taught as part of an environmental science day.  Work was done to assist local FFA advisors with job interview and public speaking career development events, as well as sitting on a local advisory committee.
 
 
Information has been shared through news articles, newsletters, internet, radio, and television interviews to inform the residents of Hardin County about the latest Extension programs and events in Agriculture and Natural Resources.  In the future, the work of Extension in Agriculture and Natural Resources will be based on the same principle – helping people solve problems to improve their farm operations.  Research will still need to be continued in the local counties by local people who know the counties the best and understand the needs of the producers.  These problems will need to be addressed in an unbiased way, with useful information that will improve Hardin County agriculture.  There is an un-ending supply of information available to those who know where to look for it, but providing the specific unbiased information that is research-based will continue to be the main focus of Extension work in Ohio.
 
 
For more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension web site at www.hardin.osu.edu, the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page or contact Mark Badertscher, at 419-674-2297.
 

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Hardin County - Farmers in the area will soon have the opportunity to participate in the Conservation Tillage Conference, one of the largest agricultural programs in northwestern Ohio.
 
Over 500 farmers, consultants, industry representatives, government officials and the curious will meet each day of the two day conference to listen to university specialists, industry representatives, and producers discuss new products and ideas for agriculture.
 
The conference will be March 4 and 5 at the McIntosh Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada. Over sixty speakers will be at the conference and about forty vendors will have product displays and representatives available. 
 
The program will include many presentations on tillage and conservation practices, such as a whole day session on cover crops. However, there are other concurrent sessions on topics related to crop production besides conservation practices. 
 
Corn production topics will be presented on Tuesday during the Corn University program and soybean production topics will be covered on Wednesday during the Soybean School session. Both of these programs will have major university speakers from eight states and one province.
 
Dwayne Beck, manager of Dakota Lakes research farm, officially starts the conference at 9:30 a.m., March 4, with his presentation on “Healthy Soil: We Know One When We See One”.  However, there is so much interest in cover crops that their program begins at 8:00 a.m. the same day and only breaks for the Opening Program and lunch. 
 
Four concurrent sessions will occur on Tuesday March 4 until 5:30 p.m. These will include Advanced Scouting Techniques, Corn University, Cover Crops, and Nutrient Management. 
 
The second day of the conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. Machinery, Precision Farming and Soil Quality; Nutrient Management; Soybean School; and Water Quality will be the four concurrent sessions on Wednesday, March 5.
 
Edwin Lentz, Hancock County OSU Extension Educator and Crops Specialist, will be presenting research results on two nutrient studies that he has completed in northwestern Ohio during the Nutrient Management Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Nitrogen Rates for Wheat Production and Benefits of Accomplish LM, a Nutrient Enhancer for Corn will be the two presentations.
 
The full schedule and registration information may be found at the following web address:  http://ctc.osu.edu. Registration for the conference is $105 for both days (and $80 for one day) and may be paid at the door. Registration costs include lunch and the afternoon ice cream break. Continuing education hours will be available to Certified Crop Advisers in Crop Management, Pest Management, Nutrient Management and Soil & Water Management. Continuing education hours will also be available for Certified Livestock Managers. 
 
For more information contact OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension web site at www.hardin.osu.edu, the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page, or call Mark Badertscher, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator at 419-674-2297.
 

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February 28th is the last day to order tree seedlings from the Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District.
 
The seedlings remaining for sale are; Red Maple, Red Oak, Arborvitae, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and Dawn Redwood. Each specie is sold in bundles of ten each. Quantities are limited.
 
If you’d like to place an order, contact the Hardin Soil & Water Conservation offices at 419-673-0456 ext. 3. And order forms can also be picked up at 12751 State Route 309 W. in Kenton.
 

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Hardin County – Farmers will have two opportunities to attend Extension programs on Tuesday, February 25.  Complimentary breakfast will be provided as part of the Conservation Tillage Club meeting held at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory starting at 7:30 am.  The program will feature a presentation on Agricultural Law by Robert Moore, LPA with Wright Law Company out of Dublin.  A former OSU Extension Agent in Fairfield County, Moore will focus his remarks on farm succession, and passing the family operation down to the younger generation.  Moore will be joined by Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, who will be speaking on Commercial Driver’s License for Ag, as well as other over-the-road issues and laws that would be of interest to farmers.
 
The Conservation Tillage Breakfast program series is jointly sponsored by OSU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties.  Breakfast is provided by the generous support of agricultural lenders and agricultural businesses.  This event is open to the public and no advance registration is required.  Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers will be available in the Professional Development area.
 
Following this program at the Plaza Inn, there will be a Corn, Soybeans and Wheat Connection webinar at the Hardin County Extension office at 1021 W. Lima Street in Kenton.  This program will begin at 10:00 am and will focus on Weed Control.  ‘Update on New Herbicides/Recommendations, and Managing Herbicide Site of Action’ will be the topic of the presentation.  It will be taught by Dr. Mark Loux, State Specialist Weed Management, Ohio State University Extension.  If you would like to attend this webinar presentation, please call the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297 or email Mark Badertscher at badertscher.4@osu.edu to RSVP so that preparations can be made to accommodate the number of people interested in attending.  There is no cost to participate in this program.
 
For more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension web site at www.hardin.osu.edu, or the Hardin County OSU Extension Facebook page.
 

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It’s banquet time again in Hardin County as all of the area Agriculture Livestock associations have announced their annual recognition banquets.
 
According to a release from the Hardin County Extension Office the banquet schedule is as follows;
 
Hardin County Dairy Banquet: February 15th at noon at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, on State Route 68, five miles north of Kenton.
 
Hardin County Lamb & Wool Banquet: March 1st at 6:30pm at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Kenton.
 
Hardin County Beef Producers Banquet: March 22nd at 6pm at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in the Community Building.
 
Hardin County Pork Producers Banquet: March 29th at 6:30pm at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Kenton.
 
Tickets for any or all of these banquets can be purchased from any member of the respected livestock association’s board of directors or from the Hardin County Extension Office.
 
Tickets may be purchased up to one week prior to any of the banquets, to allow for an accurate count of meals.
 

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Hardin County - The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit will be awarding a scholarship at their annual banquet on February 15, 2014. Funds raised from the association’s semi-annual cheese sale are used to support higher education with this scholarship program. Eligible students must live on a dairy farm, have grown up on a dairy farm, work on a dairy farm, be pursuing a dairy related education, or have shown a dairy heifer or dairy cow project at the Hardin County Fair.
 
The Dairy Service Unit is also looking for a 2014 Dairy Princess. The Hardin County Dairy Princess will represent the Hardin County Dairy Service Unit with promotion of the dairy industry at the county fair and other scheduled activities. Contestants must be unmarried, age 15 to 19 inclusive, or freshman in high school as of January 1, 2014. They must live on a dairy farm, must have a dairy project in 4-H or FFA and show at the fair, or work on a dairy farm.
 
Applications can be picked up at the Extension office for both the scholarship and princess at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton or from Hardin County FFA advisors, high school guidance counselors. Applications for the scholarship can be downloaded here. Applications for Dairy Princess can be downloaded here. These applications must be completed and returned to the Extension office by February 7, 2014.

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Farmers greatly enjoy their lifestyle of independent living, working in the outdoors, and being their own boss. Most farmers in the country and in our area are over 50 years of age and do not plan to retire.
 
However, like the rest of us, farmers face physical issues as they get older. Knees do not want to bend, joints creak, and backs ache.
 
Diseases become more common such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis. Arthritis has been identified as one condition affecting many individuals in Hancock County.
The USDA has developed a national program called Agrability that promotes independence for people in agriculture who want to continue to farm after experiencing a disabling condition from injury or the aging process.
 
The program’s goal is to provide education, resources, and technical assistance to those individuals and their families so they may continue to be successful in agriculture. This program is not only for farmers, any senior who wants to be more active outdoors or enjoys gardening and yard work will benefit from this program.
 
The Hancock County Extension office in cooperation with the Hancock County Agency on Aging, Inc. will be offering an Ohio Agrability workshop on Friday, January 24, 2014. The program, “I’m not as Young as I Used to be!” will begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. at the Hancock County Senior Center (339 E Melrose Avenue, Findlay, OH 45840).
 
Kent McGuire, Ohio AgrAbility Program Coordinator will lead the workshop. Mr. McGuire is from the Ohio State University campus but is originally from the Upper Sandusky area.
The two-hour workshop will feature topics such as Safety for Seniors, Assistive Technology Used for Farms and Gardening, and Tricks of the Trade for Aging Limitations.
 
Major points during these topics will include improving your mobility, managing arthritic limitations, planning a productive day, applying Universal Design concepts to the whole property, and showcasing adaptive tools and equipment.
 
Mr. McGuire will share where these tools and equipment can be purchased from local retail stores avoiding hours of searching on the Internet.
 
The Ohio AgrAbility program has over 30 Fact Sheets written for individuals wanting to improve their quality of life regardless of their physical and aging challenges. These articles may be found at http://agrability.osu.edu/factsheets.
 
Senior citizens, who want to remain productive in agriculture, continue to garden, or stay active outdoors, should consider this workshop. The workshop is free and open to the public. Please contact the Hancock County Extension office, 419-422-3851 or lentz.38@osu.edu for additional information.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A just-right amount of rainfall in 2013 pleased Ohio growers.
 
The right amount of rainfall at the right times made for a big boost in corn production in Ohio and nationally last year.
 
It was welcome, too, after a too-wet 2011 and a too-dry 2012.
 
The Dayton Daily News reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that nearly 14 billion bushels of corn were produced in 2013.
 
Ohio's estimated 631.6 million bushels of corn last year would be a 40 percent boost from 2012. In the 49 years from 1964-2012, Ohio's corn production averaged 381.2 million bushels.
 
The state's farmers say December's precipitation has helped set up the soil for a solid start to the spring.

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Hardin County – The Hardin County Extension office will be the host of three Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Connection webinars from Ohio State University Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team on January 14, February 11, and February 25.  The interactive webinars will be viewed at the Extension office, located at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton.  OSU Extension Educator Mark Badertscher will be facilitating the webinars for the local audience.
 
January 14th will be the first webinar concentrating on Corn Production.  It will start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm.  ‘Optimizing Corn Yields-Assessing the Contribution of Key Agronomic Management Factors’ will be the topic of the presentation.  It will be taught by Dr. Peter Thomison, State Specialist Corn Production, Ohio State University Extension.  ‘Seed Treatments in Corn: Impacts on Pests and Pollinators’ will also be presented by Dr. Andy Michel, State Specialist Field Crops Entomology, Ohio State University Extension and Dr. Reed Johnson, Entomologist Apiculture, The Ohio State University.
 
February 11th will be the second webinar concentrating on Soybean Production.  It will start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm.  ‘Everything But the Kitchen Sink: High Input Soybean Production’ will be the topic of the presentation.  It will be taught by Dr. Laura Lindsey, State Specialist Soybean & Small Grains Production, Ohio State University Extension.  ‘Updates on Fungicides and Resistance, Soybean Cyst Nematode and Seed Treatments’ will be taught by Dr. Anne Dorrance, State Specialist Plant Pathologist Soybeans, Ohio State University Extension.  
 
February 25th will be the third webinar concentrating on Weed Control.  It will start at 10:00 am and end at noon.  ‘Update on New Herbicides/Recommendations, and Managing Herbicide Site of Action’ will be the topic of the presentation.  It will be taught by Dr. Mark Loux, State Specialist Weed Management, Ohio State University Extension.  If you would like to attend any of these webinar presentations, please call the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297 or email Mark Badertscher at badertscher.4@osu.edu to RSVP so that preparations can be made to accommodate the number of people interested in attending.
 

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The 2014 Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series is set to begin on Tuesday, January 14 at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory.  Each session will begin at 7:30 am with complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am.  
 
The schedule for the series is as follows;
 
On January 14, the program will feature Dr. Pierce Paul, Department of Plant Pathology, of The Ohio State University/Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.  Dr. Paul will present a program on crop diseases and when it is economically feasible to use fungicides.
 
The January 28 program will feature Harold Watters, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems.  Watters will present a program on weed control strategies, speaking on the results of the county weed survey conducted in Ohio, history of herbicide resistant weeds, Palmer amaranth concerns, and managing weeds with multiple modes of action.
 
February 11 Dr. Matt Roberts, OSU Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, will present a program on the grain marketing outlook for 2014.  Topics that will be addressed are uncertain times as the agricultural industry moves into 2014 with the Farm Bill still not resolved, land and rental rates that are over-priced, grain prices are dropping, while inputs are still relatively high.
 
The February 25 program will feature a presentation on Agricultural Law by Robert Moore, LPA with Wright Law Company out of Dublin.  A former OSU Extension Agent in Fairfield County, Moore will focus his remarks on farm succession, and passing the family operation down to the younger generation.  Moore will be joined by Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, who will be speaking on Commercial Driver’s License for Ag, as well as other over-the-road issues and laws that would be of interest to farmers.
 
The Conservation Tillage Breakfast program series is jointly sponsored by OSU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties and in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Breakfast is provided by the generous support of agricultural lenders and agricultural businesses.  All events are open to the public and no advance registration is required.  Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors is pending.
 
For more information about OSU Extension, Hardin County, visit the Hardin County OSU Extension web site at www.hardin.osu.edu, or call the extension service at 419-674-2297.
 

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Pictured are the 2013 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Class.
Front row (L-R): Joan Sullinger, Laurie Laird, Bernard Williams
Back Row (L-R): Rex Sullinger, The Franklin Garmon Family (Rowe Garmon, Ruthann Richards, Max Garmon and Audine Koehler) 
Not Pictured: Virginia Williams
 
 
The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame honored the 2013 class, who were inducted at the eleventh annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet held at St. John’s United Church of Christ last night.  The 2013 inductees were: Franklin Garmon, Laurie Laird, Rex & Joan Sullinger, and Bernard & Virginia Williams.
 
Accepting the award on behalf of Franklin Garmon was his son, Rowe Garmon.
 
“The family would like to thank the Hall of Fame committee and the family here tonight for selecting Dad to the Hall of Fame. It’s quite an honor. When we were filling out the forms we didn’t know what to write. We weren’t sure how to answer some of the questions asked so we just did the best we could. We didn’t think it would ever go through so we greatly appreciate it.” said Garmon.
 
Laurie Laird talked about her early days working in Hardin County Agriculture.
 
“How I got to where I am today is a long story. It’s not like when I was looking at career choices in the late 60’s at Hardin Northern my guidance counselor said you could be a teacher, a homemaker, or get involved in landscape design and operate two stores. That wasn’t anything that was available to women at that time. So the fact that I do what I do, some might call it luck or fate, but I like to think it’s all a part of God’s master plan for my life…I want to thank you all for this and for your support over the years. It has been a joy and blessing to have been a part of this county.” said Laird.
 
Rex and Joan Sullinger were inducted as well, and Rex said that it an honor to be counted amongst such outstanding individuals.
 
“I want to thank everyone for inducting us into the Hall of Fame. It’s great to be inducted into this class, and it’s great to be in the Hall of Fame period. It’s such an honor. When I look around the room at those who have been in the Hall of Fame, sometimes I think I don’t equal up. I’ve always kind of wondered that…all we’ve ever tried to do is just give back a little bit. It’s what God asked us to do and we’ve always tried to do that, so thank you very much.” said Sullinger.
 
While his wife Virginia couldn’t attend, Bernard Williams accepted the award on behalf of both of them, and he looked back to his years of service in the South Pacific during World War II.
 
“70 years ago when I was in the jungle in the South Pacific, little did I ever dream I would be participating in something like this. All that was on my mind was trying to stay alive and get back home safe. I guess I’m a survivor, I’m still here anyway. I want to thank each and every one of you. As I look around the room I see a lot of familiar faces and read many more on the program. It’s an awful nice honor to be given to, so I thank you all.” said Williams.
 
The purpose of the county Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize outstanding agricultural contributions by Hardin County people and to honor those who have brought distinction to themselves and the agricultural industry. Because these Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees’ service is vital to Ohio Agriculture and the citizens of our great state, Ohio Senator Cliff Hite has arranged for Senate Commendations for each inductee.  He will deliver these commendations when they are approved and ready from the Ohio Senate.  The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame would like to thank the sponsors who made this banquet possible.  For further information, go to hardin.osu.edu.
 

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Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County - With the help of fifteen volunteer rainfall reporters, the Hardin County Extension office has collected unofficial township rainfall data for the past twenty-one consecutive years. This year, the last half of April was wetter than normal, delaying planting until later in May. Late June and July brought heavy rains to Hardin County, flooding soybeans on low ground and delaying wheat
harvest.
 
Although most of the corn crop tolerated the rain, soybeans on low ground or in poorly drained soils were severely stressed. The corn crop did well until a July windstorm, when several fields suffered damage. The corn straightened up and continued to grow well in areas of the county where the planting date and rainfall worked in its favor. The heavy rains in late June and July also brought several fungus related diseases to both the soybean and corn crops. The timely rains did a good job pollinating the corn.
 
August brought less rain than normal, causing some upper pods of the soybeans difficulty, producing poor fill or small beans. During the growing season, from April 15
through October 15, average rainfall was 24.43 inches. This is only 0.06 inches below the ten-year average growing season precipitation, but 1.89 more inches of rain than last year’s growing season. Harvest came later this year, with some corn still in the fields due to excess rains in October.
 
Soybean harvest is nearly complete now, but harvest in a few remaining fields has been slowed or stopped by wet conditions. Although most corn has been harvested, several
fields still remain to be shelled. Grain yields have been quite variable, depending greatly on the date of planting and the occurrence of scattered summer showers on each particular farm. Overall, soybeans yields are reported down, while many corn yields are better than normal.
 
Fall planting of winter wheat has emerged with good stands, although few acres have been planted. Acres of cover crops are on the rise with several farmers exploring the benefits of soil conservation and nutrient recycling. There has been a large amount of fall tillage in the county, possibly to help aerate the soil from the summer rains and help reduce compaction with less need for spring tillage work. The most rainfall recorded during the growing season was 28.99 inches in Jackson Township by Jim McVitty. The least amount of rain was recorded in Dudley Township by Dale Rapp, with 20.22 for the season. A range of 8.77 inches in rainfall accumulation from high to low across Hardin County is an indication of the variability in rainfall across Hardin County in 2013.

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Mike Plotner (left) and advisor Hannah Crossen of the North Union, Ohio, FFA Chapter at the 86th National FFA Convention, Louisville, Ky.
 
Hannah Crossen’s students were barely out of their seats following a general session of the 86th National FFA Convention when they began asking her what new projects they could take on or how they might improve their chapter banquet. That, Crossen told Brownfield Ag News, is what is important about having students at the National FFA Convention.
 
“So while they might see that on social media, when they actually get to see it awarded on stage and get to see those students in person, it definitely leaves an impression on them,” said Crossen, of the North Union FFA Chapter, Richwood, Ohio.
 
“We’ve been able to hear many inspiring things from the national FFA officers,” said Crossen’s student, Mike Plotner.
 
North Union FFA Chapter, Ohio, winning agronomy team (from left) Molly Bayer, Jordyn Rhodeback, Kolton Ingles, Austin Davis and Coach Jared Evans, National FFA Convention, Louisville, Ky
 
The North Union Chapter left the convention with more than inspiration. After making the top five in eight of the last 11 years, the chapter’s agronomy team took home the top prize for the first time this year.
 
“We’ve always been the bridesmaid,” said Jared Evans, the agronomy team coach at North Union. “It takes a little luck, but it takes a heck of a lot of hard work,” said Evans, about the win.
 
Evans coached agronomy team members Molly Bayer, Jordyn Rhodeback, Kolton Ingles and Austin Davis.
 
*WKTN Radio is an affiliate of the Brownfield Ag News Network. Reposted with permission.

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, November 2nd at the fair office with 17 board members and several guests present.
 
 
Jeremy McLane presented a proposal to the Fairboard for the 2014 Demolition Derby. The minutes of last meeting were reviewed; Don Spar moved to accept the minutes, 2nd by Paul Ralston, motion carried.
 
Financial reports were reviewed; Mike Kleman moved to accept the financials, 2nd by Steve Christopher, motion carried. Bills were presented to pay; Mike Kleman moved to pay the bills, 2nd by Tom King, motion carried.
 
Committee reports were:
 

•Executive committee – Howard Lyle, chairman

Howard Lyle moved to leave the employee contracts the same for 2014, 2nd by Ray Davis, motion carried.                                    

 

Don Spar moved to keep the rental rates the same for 2014, 2nd by Howard Lyle, motion carried.

 

Charlie McCullough moved to set the 2014 fair dates September 2nd – 7th, 2nd by Dale Cockerell, motion carried.

 
Grounds committee – Jim Bidwell, chairman
 
Janie Seiler moved to change the wording in the privilege contracts for Grange and Hardin Northern Restaurants, 2nd by Mike Kleman, motion carried.
 
Storage has been filling up and we still have room for small boats.                                                                        
 
Next grounds committee meeting is Monday, November 11th at 7:00pm in the fair office.
 
• Entertainment committee – Mike Kleman, chairman
 
Reviewed a counter proposal for the Hardin County Fair Tractor Pull we will have a meeting with the Hardin County Tractor Pullers on Monday, November 11th @ 6:00pm.
 
• Livestock committees:
 
Beef & Dairy Steer tagging will be Saturday, January 4th from 10am – 1pm.
 
• Junior Fairboard – Nancy Rickenbacher, chairman
 
Moved the date for selection of Jr. Fairboard members from spring to December so the new members can attend the Ohio Fair Managers Convention in January.
 
• Old Business:
 
Sold out of whole hog sausage.
 
• New Business:
 
Next Fairboard meeting will be December 7th @ 7:30pm in the fair office.
 
Don Spar moved to adjourn the meeting 2nd by Tom King, motion carried.
 
 
 
Following the regular business meeting:
 
 
Annual Meeting
 
Paul Ralston moved to keep membership/season tickets at $20, 2nd by Kerry James, motion carried.
 
Mike Kleman moved to set the Director pay at $2.00, 2nd by Justin Beale, motion failed.
 
Howard Lyle moved to set the Director pay at $1.00, 2nd by Jim Bidwell, motion carried.
 
Mike Kleman moved to add three more Director-at-Large positions with no more than three directors from the same township, 2nd by Steve Christopher, vote was taken by paper ballot and motion passed.
 
Janie Seiler moved to set the Annual Meeting for Saturday, November 1, 2014 with Elections from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, 2nd by Howard Lyle, motion carried.
 
Mike Kleman moved to adjourn, 2nd by Ray Davis, motion carried.
 
Re-organizational Meeting
 
36 members were recorded.
 
Election Results:
     Buck township – Bob Fish
     Hale township – Janie Seiler
     Jackson township – Mike Kleman
     Liberty township – Don Spar
     Pleasant township – Bob McBride
     Director-at-Large – Kelly Buckenroth
 
Secretary, Nancy Motter swore in the new Directors.
 
Jim Bidwell nominated Bob Fish for President, 2nd by Kerry James, Ray Davis moved to close the nominations, 2nd by Kerry James, motion carried.
 
Dale Cockerell moved to nominate Howard Lyle for Vice President, 2nd by Paul Ralston, Ray Davis moved 
to close the nominations, 2nd by Jeff Madison, motion carried.
 
Paul Ralston moved to set the meeting date for the 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, 2nd by Dale Cockerell, motion failed.
 
Janie Seiler moved to set the meeting date for the 1st Saturday of the month at 7:30pm, 2nd by Ray Davis, motion carried.
 
Mike Kleman moved to adjourn, 2nd by Dale Cockerell, motion carried.
 

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Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County – Five Hardin County soybean fields were part of a statewide OSU Extension Soybean Yield-Limiting Factor Study to determine how to increase production, profits, and quality for local farmers.
 
This research was conducted in 60-70 fields in Ohio, collecting information about soil quality, pests, and management practices. Fields were mapped using Global Positioning System (GPS) points based on two normal production areas and one low production area. Separate soil tests were taken in each area for soil quality and presence of soybean cyst nematode. Field scouting was done to determine the type and amount of insects, weeds, and diseases at two different stages of crop growth, while leaf samples were collected at the flowering growth stage of the soybean plants.
 
A cultural practices survey was completed identifying crop rotation, tillage methods, seed information, planting information, field drainage, fertilization, and pest management. Harvest date and yield data was collected for each of the three areas in each field. A grain sample was taken from each area for lab analysis of protein and oil content. Data collection was a collaborative effort among faculty, graduate students, and Extension personnel. Soil quality factors, pests, and soybean yield will be correlated to management practices using multivariate analysis conducted by the Ohio State Statistical Consulting Center.
 
Research results and recommendations will be shared as statewide information to improve soybean production in Ohio. Laura Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Soybean and Small Grain Production, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University, was the lead researcher with this study. Cooperating Hardin County farmers participating in this study were Craig Geberin, Ted Griffith, Jan Layman, Paul Ralston, and Mark Watkins.
 
The study was made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio Soybean Council.

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Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County – The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association will be touring three sheep farms and two sheep industry related locations as part of the annual Hardin County Sheep Management Tour being held October 26-27. A group of 25 active and retired sheep 
producers will be making stops in Hancock County, Holmes County, and Marion County to learn about best sheep production approved practices. They will also be hearing about new or different philosophies of raising and marketing sheep and wool. An emphasis on the trip will be innovative and 
interesting ideas which help in the management of day-to-day production chores as well as finding improved ways of accomplishing tasks. 
 
The group will meet at a restaurant for breakfast to go over the weekend’s plans, and then visit the University of Findlay Animal Sciences Center. This new facility is used to teach students livestock production management practices as well as instruct pre-veterinary students. The group will then travel to Holmes County to tour the Mt. Hope Auction. This auction is a major sheep market for Ohio producers who are looking for steady stream of buyers and sellers to maximize their operation’s profits. 
 
The group will then stop at a Holmes County Dorset sheep farm which conducts its own pregnancy tests and practices sound record keeping. They will enjoy Amish home cooking and hospitality in-between stops as part of the tour. 

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The 22nd annual Keep Hardin County Beautiful Banquet was held Tuesday night at the Kenton First United Methodist Church. Becky Stevenson Program Manager made introduction and Jane Furbush, program chair, welcomed all in attendance. Dinner was served by the women of the First United Methodist Church.

 

A special presentation was given by Marti Kolb from the Ohio EPA to Linda Wuethrich for her twenty one years of service and dedication to the Keep Hardin County Beautiful of Hardin County.

 

July residential garden beautification award winners were Kyle and Holly Ulrich and Steve and Carol Matteson. The July business winner was Kenton Station Villas. The August residential winners were Mike and Brenda Cramber and Robert and Stephanie Temple.

 

Keep Hardin County Beautiful Commission memeber Kay Kline announced the Candy Cane Tour which will be held Sunday, December 1st, 2013 from 1-6pm. Tickets may be purchased from any commission member or by calling 419-674-2216. Tours will be at the homes of Kay and Ed Steiner, Roberta Flinn, Dave Faulkner,  Andrea and Nathan Brooks as well as New Leaf Garden Center and the Hardin County Armory.

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New Kenton-OHP Ag Educator Shalie Terrill.
 
 
The new Agriculture Education teacher at Kenton High School is making strides in the school and community. Shalie Terrill was hired last summer as the new Agriculture Education Instructor and FFA Advisor in Kenton, and since taking over, has made significant progress in the program at Kenton. Terrill spoke with WKTN Radio about some of the changes that the modern Agriculture Education program has gone through even in the last ten years.
 
“The curriculum has definitely changed, in Ag Education. Two years ago they adopted a whole new curriculum. So courses are a little bit different…the benefit of that, from a teacher’s perspective is that the students can get a lot more in depth on a particular subject. They can choose the course that best fits their wants or needs, and strengths. There’s still many of the same concepts. We’re still teaching problem solving, critical thinking, many of the same things that we did in high school, but perhaps in a different way. I think that it prepares students a bit better, for if they choose to follow up in college or in the field because they’ll know a bit more than just the basics” said Terrill.
 
No stranger to Ag Education or FFA, Terrill was a member of the Ag program at Ben Logan High School in the mid 2000’s, where she had many projects throughout her years, showing Market Lambs, Hogs and Cattle at the Hardin County Fair. In 2007, Terrill was selected to serve on the State FFA Officer Team as the State Treasurer, where she traveled all around the state promoting FFA and Agriculture Education. While serving on the state officer team, Terrill also attended classes at the Ohio State University where she majored in Ag Education. Having graduated from OSU, Terrill worked in the Xenia School District for a couple of years before coming to Kenton.
 
“I feel very privileged to have had the experience in FFA and Ag Education first as a student, and then as a State Officer, and now finally as an Advisor, and to be able to come back to my area, while not necessarily my home community but one near to me, it has been really neat to have that experience.” said Terrill.
 
Terrill at work in the classroom. Ag Science covers a wide variety of topics these days, from Ag Business and Communication to Animal Science and Plant Science.
 
 
Several years ago, the Kenton Ag Education Program and FFA were outsourced to the Ohio High Point Career Center, a decision which while saving the Kenton School District significant finances, was met with minor opposition from members of the Kenton community, primarily former students of the program. In the years since, the program has been opened to a wide variety of resources, which Terrill says are a huge benefit to the program in ways that never could have happened before.
 
“There are actually a surprising number of Ag programs in the state of Ohio which are satellite programs of career centers. With school funding being the way it is today, that’s just something that districts have to resort to. But it’s not a bad thing. We have a lot of resources in our classes that we wouldn’t be able to potentially have if not for the partnership with Ohio Hi Point. For example, we are able to provide laptops for all of our students to use. Record keeping is all on the computer these days, and no in physical books like we used to use, so we can provide all of our students with tools that they need to do their work” said Terrill.
 
Ohio Hi Point has also partnered with several other school districts to provide resources as well, and Terrill said that this partnership among other schools is a huge benefit because it allows them to all share resources.
 
“Right now, one of things discussed was us getting a virtual welder. That’s something that we can share amongst all the programs. The reality of one program being able to afford something like that is pretty slim. But when you have pooled resources like that, it really does help for large equipment purchases.” said Terrill.
 
Kenton FFA Chapter members in the Homecoming Parade this year.
 
Terrill started at the beginning of July, meeting with students and getting to know them and their families, and because the FFA was in the middle of the summer work season, also seeing what kind of projects the students were working on. Terrill says that she has found it gratifying to be working in such a robust agriculture community.
 
“It’s been pleasantly surprising how much support there is for this program. I think this community wants a strong Ag program, and they want their students to get the most out of it. It’s why I came into this profession. I experienced it as a student, and a state officer. I clearly got a lot out of it. I think it shaped me into the person I am today, and I would hate for some other student to not have that same experience.” said Terrill.
 

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Due to some confusion, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released the following information for hunters to be aware of when muzzleloading this year.
 
 
The new antlerless-only deer muzzleloader season is Oct. 12-13
 
It is legal to hunt antlerless deer statewide with a muzzleloader or bow during the two-day season.
 
No bucks may be harvested regardless of hunting implement.
 
All hunters are required to wear a vest, coat, jacket or coveralls that are either solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange.
 
Hunters will be able to use antlerless permits and either-sex permits during the two-day season.
 
Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
 
This muzzleloader hunt encourages early antlerless harvest. Reducing the deer population early in the hunting season means that more resources will be available for the surviving herd later in the winter. 
 
Harvesting does early should make for a more intense rut by encouraging buck movement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sept. 30, 2013 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Administrator has declared emergency physical loss loans are available in fifteen Ohio counties. 
 
The following counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas, due to high winds, lightning, and tornadoes that occurred on June 13, 2013.   Those counties are:
 
Auglaize
Henry
 
In addition to the primary counties, thirteen Ohio counties have been named as contiguous disaster counties where eligible farmers may qualify for FSA emergency physical loss loan assistance:
 
Allen
Defiance
Fulton
Hancock
Hardin
Logan
Lucas
Mercer
Putnam
Shelby
Van Wert
Williams
Wood
 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on July 8, 2013, making FSA Emergency Physical Loss loans available to eligible applicants with qualifying severe physical losses in the primary and contiguous counties, provided eligibility requirements are met.  This approval is limited to applicants who suffered disaster related damages to chattels, or real estate essential to the farming operation.  To qualify, farmers must be unable to obtain credit from commercial sources.  Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part or all of their actual losses.  FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.  FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
 
USDA has also made other programs available to assist farmers, including the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance and the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
 
Interested farmers should contact their local FSA county office for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. 

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Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County - Applications will be accepted for the 2013 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame through the end of business on October 15. Nominees must have made their major contribution to agriculture primarily as a result of being born, growing up, living in, or working in Hardin County, Ohio. Outstanding agriculturalists may be nominated by individuals or organizations. Nomination forms are available at the Hardin County OSU Extension office or on the Hardin County OSU Extension website at: hardin.osu.edu, or by clicking here.
 
Completed forms must be returned to the OSU Extension Office, 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, Ohio, 43326, no later than October 15, 2013.
 
The Purpose of the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to agriculture by Hardin County people. Annual awards will be made to men or women who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally related field. We desire to honor and give public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions, and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others. Selected individuals who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, will be honored at the Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards Banquet, scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

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The success of Backpack Buddies is due to the work of the students in the Ridgemont FFA Chapter.
 
The Ridgemont FFA is helping to fight hunger in the Ridgemont Schools through an innovative program. 
 
Backpack Buddies, a program in operation at Ridgemont for the past few years is making headway in combating hunger in that school district. The program, run through the Ridgemont FFA Chapter, supplies food to Ridgemont Elementary students in need. According to member Reliey Drum, the chapter collects donations for the food at the end of each month.
 
"We send a packet of food over to the elementary school for students that are on a confidential list that we get through the lunch program, the National School Lunch Program. It gives them food for over the weekend at the end of the month so they can eat if they have no food at home." said Drum
 
Several years ago, a unique funding idea was implemented to help offset the costs of the program. Member Adam Wagner explains.
 
"The first year I won reserve [champion at the Hardin County Fair] I decided to donate 10% of my earnings to the soup kitchen. After we started the Backpack Buddies Program, my mother and I, along with Mrs. Jolliff came up with the idea to donate the $60.00 which would pay for a year of meals to the students in the Backpack Buddies Program." said Wagner
 
Member Bailey Wagner noted that the success of the program over the last few years, and specifically the use of the Hardin County Fair Livestock Auction to help raise funds has made the program much more sustainable, which was crucial to showing younger members the value of the program.
 
"When we offered this before the fair, many of the students were not aware as to what the program was. As we explained what it was to them, how it worked, and how it has helped, and can help students in the elementary school. We told them it was a great program because many of the students are in need of food at the end of the month. The younger students were all on board when they realized how the program can help others" said Wagner
 
As for the response from the Ridgemont district, Drum said that the school has seen a marked improvement in classroom performance as the program has been implemented.
 
"When students are hungry in school it really splits their attention. They aren't able to focus, all they can think about is food. When we started the program several years ago, we did a survey with the teachers on student performance at the school. Later on, we did a follow up survey which showed significant improvement in grades, in attendence, and improvements in their quality of participation in class. So having that last meal over the weekend has helped them in school as well" said Drum.
 
If anyone would like to make monetary donations to help support Backpack Buddies at Ridgemont, they can contact Ridgemont FFA through the Ridgemont High School. Any and all donations would be accepted.

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Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County - During the month of August, Extension volunteer rainfall reporters received an average of 1.94 inches of rain. 
 
The most rain for this month, 3.33 inches, fell in Marion Township, as measured by Mark Lowery. The least rain reported during the month, 1.25 inches, was reported in Taylor Creek Township by Silver Creek Supply. During the same month last year, an average of 3.84 inches of rain fell. The rainfall recorded in August over the past ten years averaged 4.50 inches.
 
For the growing season since April 15, the average precipitation in the townships was 18.48 inches, ranging from 23.10 inches in Jackson Township to 14.64 inches in Dudley Township. The growing season average rainfall was 1.11 inches below the ten year average for Hardin County for the same period.
 
Some farmers are taking delivery of lime to be applied on fields to raise soil pH values as per soil test recommendations. Some corn fields have experienced nitrogen stress from the large amounts of rain received in late June and through July followed by a dry August. Soybeans are beginning to mature, turning yellow with some fields dropping leaves which will soon signal the beginning of fall harvest.

 

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Auctioneer Steve Eaton calls out bids at the sale on Saturday
 
It was a record year at the 2013 Jr. Fair Livestock sale held this past Saturday at the Hardin County Fair. Many new bidders attended the sale, and several new records were set for Grand & Reserve Champion livestock.
 
According to information provided by the Hardin County Jr. Fair Sale committee, a grand total of $271,050.00 was bid in the show arena during the sale itself, and around $28,040.00 was added on to the individual sales after the sale had completed. All together, this brought a total of $299,090.00 in premiums* being paid to the Jr. Fair Sale Exhibitors at this years fair.
 
Don Spar, chairman of the Jr. Fair Sale Committee said that overall, it was a great year at the sale.
 
“We had a record year, beating our previous record set last year. Additionally we had 42 new buyers in the sale this year, and I can’t thank them enough. All of the volunteers, the committee members, and the bidders came together to make it a great day for the kids, and we can’t ask for any more than that” said Spar.
 
Additionally, several of the Grand and Reserve Champion projects set new sale records as well. A breakdown of the Sale of Champions is as follows:
 
The Grand Champion Market Steer, shown by Molly Wilson of the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes, sold for $5000.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Ag Credit, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Bill D. Hart, Landtech, Buckenroth Excavating, Findlay Implement, Moser Oil, Wilson Tire, McDonalds, Guardian Lima, Rodabaugh Farms, Rodabaugh Bros. Meats, Mt. Victory Meats, and Wyandot Tractor.
 
The Reserve Champion Market Steer, shown by Cameron Deckling of the Hardin Northern FFA, sold for $3100.00 and it was bought by Root Lumber, McCullough-Hoffman Show Cattle, Golden Giant Buildings, Tice Construction, McCullough Industries, Liberty National Bank, Bill Hart, Crop Production Services—Dunkirk, Precision Strip, Royer Farms, Hepburn Feed and Supply, and Farmers Mutual Insurance.
 
The Grand Champion Market Lamb, shown by Madisyn Gossard of Liberty Belles & Boys 4-H Club, sold for $3600.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Ron Wyss Terus Energy, Buckeye Soil, SVG, Cessna Transport, Joyce’s Caramel Apples, Courtyard Marriott—Lima, Majestic Plastics, Steve Stair, J&B Equipment, Brent Burris Trucking, Guyton Home Builders, Wyss Farm Holdings, Nickell Farms, 302 Carryout, L&M Concessions, Barb & Jim Ulrey, Gossard Farms, Gossard Lawn Service, Mary Ann Stair, and Kenton Trucking.
 
 
The Reserve Champion Market Lamb, shown by Adam Wagner of the Ridgemont FFA, sold for $1000.00 and it was purchased by Kenton Truck and McCullough Industries.
 
The Grand Champion Market Goat, shown by Teja Hoge of the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes 4-H Club, sold for $700.00 and it was bought by Mouse House and Dr. Kate Johnson.
 
The Reserve Champion Market Goat, also shown by Teja Hoge of the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes 4-H Club, sold for $650.00 and it was purchased by Community First Bank, and BVF dba Legacy Famers Cooperative.
 
The Grand Champion Gilt, shown by Shelby Rowe of the Alger Jr. Farmers 4-H Club sold for $4100.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Precision Strip, Beck’s Hybrids—Aaron Hensel, Moser Oil—Central Farmer’s, Michelle Harsh Ins. Agency, Ag Credit, Rohrs Farms, Dave Pfoff—Allen Tire, Landtech, Foraker Elevator, R&K Farms, USV Lions, Hardin County Tractor Pullers, Quest Federal Credit Union.
 
The Grand Champion Barrow, shown by Kaitlin Heberling of the Hardin County Wranglers 4-H Club, sold for $1200.00 and it was bought by Hensel Ready Mix.
 
The Reserve Champion Gilt, shown by Kylie Hites of the Alger Junior Farmers 4-H Club, sold for $1500.00 and it was bought by Central Ohio Farmers Co-op, Peacock Water, Quest Federal Credit Union, Precision Strip, Alger Carryout, Alger Freeze, Rams Roost Burgee Show Pigs, Colonial Golf Course, Linda & Doug Putnam, Nelson Insurance Agency, Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Schindewolf-Stevens-Stout Funeral Home, Diamond-M Vet Clinic, Hair Studio 801, Jim & Jerry Hites and Rohrs Farms.
 
The Reserve Champion Barrow, shown by Brian Quillen of the Ada FFA, sold for $1200.00 and it was purchased by McCullough Industries.
 
The Grand Champion Pen of Three Meat Rabbits, shown by Miguel Jordan of the Liberty Belles and Boys 4-H Club, sold for $1450.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by SVG, Buckeye Soil, Becks Hybrids, Ada Buyers Group, Quest Federal Credit Union, Lowery Club Lambs, Foraker Elevator, Wal-Mart, Ed Elliott-Hardin County Commissioner, Kroger Company, High Farms LLC, Liberty National Bank, McMurray/Pfeiffer, and Steve Austin’s Auto Group.
 
The Reserve Champion Pen of Three Meat Rabbits, shown by Shaye Creamer of the Country Timers 4-H Club sold for $650.00 and it was bought by McCullough Industries, Kenton Truck, and Hardin Motors.
 
The Grand Champion Dairy Feeder, shown by Jackson Althauser of the Lynn Valley Farmers 4-H Club sold for $2050.00 and it was bought by McDonalds, Krogers, Cliff Hite, Trupointe, Wyandot Tractor, Ace Hardware, Bill Hart, Liberty National Bank, Layman Farms LLP and Auction Service, Ag Credit, Landtech, Community Markets and Denise Althauser, Hardin County Treasurer.
 
The Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder, shown by Delany Althauser of the Lynn Valley Farmers 4-H Club sold for $1900.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Hensel Ready Mix.
 
 
The Grand Champion Pen of Three Meat Chickens, sold by Mason Garmon of the Riverdale FFA, sold for $1200.00 and it was purchased by BVFC Legacy Farmers Cooperative, Hempy Water Conditioning, Robinson Fin Machines, The Kenton Times, Community First Bank, WKTN Radio, Krogers and Ace Hardware.
 
The Reserve Champion Pen of Three Meat Chickens, sold by Seth Kuhlman of the High Flyers 4-H Club, was sold for $500.00 and it was purchased by Farmers Mutual Insurance.
 
The Grand Champion Dairy Steer, shown by Kaden Parker of the Scioto Valley 4-H Club, sold for $600.00 and it was bought by Silver Creek Supply.
 
The Reserve Champion Dairy Steer, shown by Mitchell Jennings of the Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies 4-H Club, sold for $4000.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Ag Credit, Hensel Ready Mix, Precision Strip, Circle R Corp, McCullough Industries, Quest Federal Credit Union, K&B Feeds, Hardin County Tractor Pullers, Krogers, Robinson Fin Machines, McDonalds, Ace Hardware, Oates Farms, Kale Marketing, Rowe Farms, Wilcox Farms and Steve Austins Auto Group.
 
The Grand Champion Turkey, shown by Skyler Lotz of the Lynn Valley Farmers 4-H Club, sold for $750.00 which was a new sale record. It was purchased by Ag Credit, Landtech, Hardin County Tractor Pullers, Becks Hybrids—Aaron Hensel, Tony & Ranae Sherman, Crop Production Services, and Hillbilly Sound.
 
The Reserve Champion Turkey, shown by Caralee Stover of the Ada Barnyard Farmers 4-H Club, sold for $300.00 which was a new sale record. It was purchased by Cessna Transport.
 
The Jr. Fair Milk Sale also brought in around $5050.00 for the Jr. Fair Dairy Program.
 
*The Hardin County Jr. Fair Sale is a premium sale, in that the exhibitors are paid the dollar amount bid in addition to the market price for their livestock projects.
 

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The Ag Credit Customer Appreciation Day was held Wednesday at the Hardin County Fair. 
 
The event is for the customers of Ag Credit at the fair each year. Renae Sherman from Ag Credit said that the annual event has been a staple at the fair for the past fifteen years.
 
"Every year we start around noon, and we have many refreshments for our members, and later at 6pm we have door prize drawings for many door prizes, including a gas grill this year. It's our way of saying thanks to our members of their support throughout the course of the year" said Sherman.
 
And how Ag Credit pays back to its members each year in the form of patronage refunds.
 
"Ag Credit gives back to it's members by way of patronage. After we pay all our bills, what monies are left over are refunded back to the members each and every year. So every year our members get a check in the mail based a bit on what they paid in interest. Over the past five years we have refunded $4,313,839.00 to our members" said Sherman.

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People walking past the Dairy Barn at the Hardin County Fair might notice a different sort of cow on in front of the barns. 
 
A dairy cow prototype is displayed out in front of the dairy barns this year at the Hardin County Fair which is being used as a tool to teach kids and others about where milk comes from. Mitzi Kitchen from the Hardin County Extension Advisory Council said that the cow has been a staple at Ohio State University for a number of years.
 
"Buckeye Bessie is the mascot for the Ohio State University Dairy Program. She was purchased through a grant from the Ohio 4-H Youth Dairy Program. She is an actual milking cow, though we do not put milk in her, she has water, but people can walk up and try to milk her as they would a real dairy cow, and she also has a micro-chip which allows her to "Moo" " said Kitchen.
 
 
The display is used at the dairy farm at The Ohio State University, and has been featured at the Ohio State Fair. When the display became available, it was requested that it be displayed at the Hardin County Fair this year. Kitchen said that the display was for people to stop by and try while they're at the fair this year.
 
"She milks easier than a real dairy cow so she's been our barn mascot this week at the fair. If you stop by and try it we also have some materials, pens and things of that nature for your kids." said Kitchen.

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Hardin County Horse exhibitors and their advisors cut the ribbon on the new project Tuesday afternoon.
 
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon at the 4-H Horse Barn at the Hardin County Fair. 
 
The ceremony was to commemorate the newly installed horse stalls in the barn. At last years fair, an effort was made to raise funds for the project to update the stalls in the barn to modern standards. Dan Stump from the Hardin County Horse Council said that the kids, advisors and many others worked over the past year to bring the project to where it is today.
 
 
"We sold pizza cards, and many other items that the kids made, as well as other kinds of fundraisers throughout the year. Many of the companies in town were also very generous in their donations. There were so many and we can't thank them, and everyone who donated enough because it wouldn't have happened without them. Also we still have five stalls available so if anyone would like to make a donation they can stop by the barns and talk to one of the advisors" said Stump.

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The Hardin County Farm Bureau has set a goal to give out over 500 t-shirts to the youth livestock exhibitors at the Hardin County Fair.  

 

The Hardin County Farm Bureau chose to start this t-shirt project because we recognized how important our 4-H & FFA projects were, when we were children.  They helped us develop responsibility, allowed us to gain self-confidence, leadership, and develop an understanding of where our food came from.

 

We recognize the value of Agriculture in our everyday lives and are proud to know it is Ohio’s Number One Industry, bringing in over 98 billion dollars to Ohio’s economy every year! This year the Hardin County Farm Bureau partnered with local FFA members to carry out the project.  

 

Kelsey Erwin & Kirsten Osborne worked on the project to further their Ag Communications Skills.  Their responsibilities included contacting & confirming 10 sponsors, developing the projected t-shirt design idea, proofing the t-shirt design created by Sport-tees, proofing sponsorship design, & organizing the t-shirt hand-out! Neither FFA member has exhibited livestock at the county fair, but thought the opportunity to speak and work with people in our community to support those who do, would be a great experience! Kelsey & Kirsten said “We love to see that the community wants to be involved in our youth programs and help the next generation grow,” when asked about the project.

 

“The FFA members have worked hard to facilitate this year’s t-shirt project, it has been great to see the excitement these students have had as they see an opportunity to congratulate their peers for their efforts,” said Shelby Brammell, Hardin County Farm Bureau Member & Project Chair.  

 

This is the third year for the project, community members/sponsors have paid nearly $9,000.00, sponsoring nearly 1,800 t-shirts, over the three years, to show young livestock growers that their investments have been valuable. A special thank you goes to this year’s sponsors including Ace Hardware, Ag Credit, Local FFA Chapters, Golden Giant, Hardin Co. Farm Bureau, Hensel Ready Mix, Home Savings & Loan, Kenton Dental Care, Rogers Nationwide Ins., & Wilson Tire!  

 

“Their sponsorship truly does make this project possible, thank you” said Brammell.  Any 4-H or FFA member showing cattle, swine, poultry, rabbits, goats, sheep, & equine will be receiving t-shirts, on Monday, in the show arena, at the Hardin County Fair, from 9 am to 4 pm.  

 

Please encourage anyone you know, exhibiting livestock, to pick up their free t-shirts on Monday; exhibitors may pick up shirts at farm bureau booth later in the week.  However, it is a first come first serve basis, so fewer sizes may be available later in the day or week.  Any extra t-shirts will be given to other livestock supporters throughout our community. 

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Fairboard directors install the new scales at the Hardin County Fairgrounds Saturday morning.
 
Livestock exhibitors at the 2013 Hardin County Fair will notice something new when they go to check in tomorrow. New livestock scales have been installed at the fairgrounds.
 
According to Fairboard Director Don Spar, the scales were needed because the previous ones were getting outdated.
 
“When we looked at the repair and maintenance of the scales we found that the scales were producing inaccurate readings. All of our scales have to be certified by the State of Ohio and they need to be accurate. When we looked at ways we could repair the scales, we found that many of the parts that were needed were no longer available, so we made the decision to purchase new scales.” said Spar.
 
The new scales utilize the latest technology, including digital technology which can also be used in other venues if necessary. Spar said that the fairboard hopes this will also facilitate a quick and timely manner on check in day.
 
“We hope that this will allow people to move their projects in and out a lot faster, and more efficient than it has in the past. We’ll see on Monday but we believe that this will help serve the fair interests for many years to come.” said Spar.
 
Livestock projects will check in at the fair on Monday. Weigh-in times are as follows:
 
8:00-11:30 – Hogs
11:30- 1:00 – Lambs
1:00- 3:00 – Hogs
3:00- 4:00 – Lambs
5:00- 6:00 – Dairy Feeders
4:30- 5:30 – Goats
5:30- 6:30 – Rabbits, Broilers & Turkeys
6:00-6:30 – Dairy Steers
6:30-7:00 – Beef Feeders
7:00- 8:00 – Steers

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One of the Residential Beautification Award winners for Keep Hardin County Beautiful for August is Mike and Brenda Cramer, of Kenton.  There is a wall all along the sidewalk in front of their home with hostas, ferns, ivy, rocks and lights.  At the top of the steps, there is a full-size bicycle with baskets of flowers attached. 

 

This is just the beginning of a gardener’s paradise.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Ohio farmers and others interested in nutrient and water quality issues now have a convenient online source of information and commentary. The OHWATER page is housed on the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) website at ofb.ag/ohwater.
 
OHWATER provides a comprehensive look at Ohio agriculture’s efforts to improve the quality of water in the state’s lakes and streams. The page compiles content from universities, news media, farm and environmental organizations, government, businesses, individuals and OFBF sources.
Using the social media platform Storify, OHWATER links to articles, blogs, videos, Facebook and Twitter posts and other sources of news and opinion. The page’s Twitter hashtag is #ohwater.
 
Ohio Farm Bureau is part of an alliance of farm organizations, environmental advocates, academia, businesses and other interested parties who are focused on preventing phosphorus from escaping from farm fields, an occurrence that contributes to harmful algal blooms. OHWATER is a collecting point for all facets of the nutrient and water quality conversation

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Hardin County Farm Bureau Organization Director Darren Frank showcases one of the caution signs that the bureau is working to have placed on Hardin County Roadways at the annual meeting Thursday night.
 
The Hardin County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting at The Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory Thursday night.
 
Along with appointing new board members and selecting delegates to the 2014 Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, the board also reviewed many of the Hardin County Farm Bureau activities over the past year. According to Organization Director Darren Frank, the Hardin County Farm Bureau has been quite active in and around Hardin County.
 
"We've had much success over the past year, visiting all the fairs of course and our membership drives. Tonight we recognized five members for their work in enrolling people into Farm Bureau which is unheard of. Also we are working with the Hardin County Engineers Office on a campaign to place caution signs on Hardin County roadways to remind drivers that this is a farming community and to use caution when driving" said Frank.
 
The members present also voted on new policies for the next year.

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