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AG News Archives for 2013-12

Hardin County Extension To Host Corn, Soybean and Wheat Webinars

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.


Conservation Tillage Breakfast Program Series Announced

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.


Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Inducts 2013 Class

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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