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AG News Archives for 2013-09

USDA Farm Service Agency's Administrator Declares Physical Loss in Several Ohio Counties

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:
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:
Van Wert
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. 


Agriculture Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

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.


Ridgemont FFA Working to Combat Hunger

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.


August Rainfall Report Shows Below Average Rain for the Month

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.



Record Year At the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale

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.


Ag Credit Customer Appreciation Day featured at fair on Wednesday

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.


Buckeye Bessie featured at the fair

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.


New Horse Stalls featured in 4-H Horse Barn

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.


Hardin Co. Farm Bureau Partners with local FFA to support Livestock Exhibitors


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. 


New Scales at the Jr. Fair Livestock Barns

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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