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Hardin County Livestock Banquet Schedule Announced


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.


Hardin County Dairy Princess and Scholarship Applications Available

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.


Ohio Agrability Workshop Friday in Hancock County

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.


Ohio Rains Boost Corn Production in 2013

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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