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Beef Banquet To Be Held

The Hardin County Cattle Producers will hold their annual Beef Banquet on Saturday, March 26 in the Community Building at the fairgrounds, starting at 6:00 pm.  Pre-sale Adult tickets are $13, Children (ages 7-18) $6.50, and 2015 Hardin County Junior Fair Beef Barn Exhibitors FREE with a reservation given at 419-674-2297 or through any Cattle Producers Director by March 25th. Tickets at the door will be $15.  Children 6 and under are admitted free.
 
Tickets can be purchased from the following county Cattle Producers Directors: Holli Underwood, Rick Royer, Adam Billenstein, Paige Guenther, Deana Gibson, Dane Jeffers, Derek Dunson, Marcia Hoovler, Stacia Hall, Tracy Deckling, Aaron Hensel, or Wade Gibson.  Tickets can also be obtained from the Extension Office at 1021 West Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton.
 
 
The Hardin County Beef Ambassador Program (HCBAP) provides an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices of the beef industry.  The Beef Ambassador Team will promote the beef industry as they develop skills of leadership, communication and self-confidence.  The Beef Ambassador Program seeks to educate team members about the beef industry so that they may be better prepared to tell their own story regarding agriculture.
 
To compete in the HCBAP annual contest, participants must be 14-19 years of age as of January 1, 2016.  Participants or their families do not need to be actively involved in the beef industry; however, the participant must be a member of the Hardin County Cattle Producers at the time of application.  Upon entrance into the HCBAP, contestants must prepare a short statement (30 words or less) outlining their message to consumers and submit the statement with the application.  This statement will be used to compliment further performance during the contest to determine the program’s strongest contestants.
 
Individuals may compete for a place on the ambassador team as long as they are eligible. Contestants may not enter any competition to serve as an ambassador for a competitive commodity group while serving as a Hardin County Beef Ambassador. Applications must be returned by March 18 to the OSU Extension Office, Hardin County, or to Marcia Hoovler at 17838 County Road 65, Belle Center, OH 43310 or email applications to marciahoovler@hotmail.com.
 
The Hardin County Cattle Producers are offering up to five-$500 scholarships to qualified students for the 2016-17 school year.  Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who themselves or their parents are current members of the Hardin County Cattle Producers or currently have a beef cattle project in either 4-H or FFA.  For an application, please contact the FFA Advisor or high school guidance counselor at any of the county schools.  You can also download an application from hardin.osu.edu or pick one up at the OSU Extension office located at 1021 West Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton.  Completed applications and transcripts are to be submitted to the Hardin County Extension Office by March 18.  Questions regarding the scholarship process can be directed to Paige Guenther at 937-243-5315.  The Hardin County Beef Banquet will be held March 26, starting at 6:00 pm in the Community Building at the fairgrounds.

 

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Frost Seeding

The time of the year when frost seedings are most effectively done will be here before long. One can use this method to renovate pastures, improve stands, or alter the species mix within a pasture. Producers should remember however, this is only a means to get the seed in good contact with the soil. If the area you intend to frost seed currently has poor grass/legume growth, the first thing you need to determine is “why the problem has occurred?” Adding more seed to soil that lacks proper nutrient levels, has a pH that is to low or high for the intended crop, or if the crop is not managed properly for the plant species desired (for example – repeated close grazings), the soil is not going to grow more of the desired forage if you just broadcast more seed.
 
When plants are severely grazed, or re-grazed before a sufficient rest period has elapsed, the plant takes energy that has been stored in the roots as carbohydrates to support new leaf growth. As carbohydrates are removed from the roots, the root dies, separates from the plant and eventually decomposes. This process continues until enough green leaf surface once again develops to catch sufficient amounts of solar energy that support additional leaf growth and reestablish lost roots. Depending on the severity of root loss, slow re-growth may be noticed for a considerable amount of time.
 
Areas chosen for frost seeding should not have large amounts of undecomposed plant material remaining in the field. If it does, put animals in those areas now to graze the area closely before seeding. Removing this plant material will make openings above the soil allowing seeds to fall to the ground. Frost seeding works best with legume seeds typically, because it is easier for smaller seeds to drop to the soil surface than it is for the larger, but lighter grass seeds. Making a muddy mess of an area is not the goal, but if weather conditions are going to cause livestock to trample an area, because you do not have a heavy use feed pad to put them onto, the sacrifice area may as well be where you plan to frost seed.
 
Encouraging legume growth in pasture fields can minimize production costs by reducing the amount of nitrogen fertilization necessary for maximum forage growth. Stands that contain approximately 30% legumes generally need no additional nitrogen added. Legumes also improve the quality characteristics of a grass stand. Frost seeding offers several potential advantages when properly implemented. These may include: establishment of forage in undisturbed sod, reduced labor, energy and cash expense compared to conventional tillage methods, the ability to establish forages with minimal equipment investment, and little, if any, “non-grazing” period.
 
Late winter, February or early March, is a good time to frost seed pastures in our area. Broadcast your selected seed while the ground is frozen. The freeze and thaw cycle of the soil is needed for seeds to obtain good soil-to-seed contact. This is necessary if seeds are to grow and compete with established grasses, other legumes, and or weeds.

 

Planting mixtures and seeding rates differ greatly. Desired species and number of seedlings wanted in the final stand determine how much to plant. As a rule of thumb, if legumes are already present in the pasture, 3-4 lbs. of red clover and 1-2 lb. of ladino or alsike clover seed per acre works well. Birdsfoot trefoil could also be used at 2-3 lbs. per acre. If no legumes are currently present in the stand or seeding one species alone, doubling the above rates may return better results. Also, remember to inoculate legume seed when planting.
 
If grasses are to be frost seeded into existing pastures, perennial or annual ryegrass, orchardgrass, or smooth bromegrass would be recommended. Perennial/annual ryegrass should be seeded at 2-3 lbs. along with orchardgrass 2-3 lbs. or smooth bromegrass 8-10 lbs. per acre. When planting, using a spinner type seeder, do not mix legume and grass seed together. Grass seed will not spread as far as legume seed causing an uneven stand. Make two trips over the pasture and adjust spacing as needed for the type seed being sown.
 
In the spring, excessive growth and competition should be controlled. Frost seeded pastures should be grazed or clipped in the spring at regular intervals to allow sunlight to enter the canopy. Do not allow animals to graze plants low enough the first or second rotations that they ruin the new seedlings before adequate roots are developed.
 
Summary– Frost seeding will not increase the productivity or quality of a pasture if soil nutrients and pH are not in acceptable ranges for the species you are trying to produce. Most often, pastures are a product of management practices. Many times a change in grazing practices (allowing rest periods) or addition of soil nutrients will correct declining pasture production. If you are thinking of making a frost seeding and do not know what your nutrient levels are, a soil test can be a valuable tool. It can tell you if your pastures need more seed or just more “feed”.

 

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Riverdale FFA Hosts Science Fair

The Riverdale FFA Science and Technology of food class hosted and took part in the 1st Annual Agri-Science Fair. Members could work with a partner or individual to come up with and complete a research based project that had something to do with the food science industry. Members also had to complete a research paper, and interview. Cara Pauley won 1st place for her project titled, What Bread Keeps Cookies the Moistest?, and will compete at the State level in May.

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Riverdale FFA Competes In Sales Contest

The Riverdale FFA Chapter recently hosted and competed in the district Ag Sales Contest. This contest allows members to work in their sales skills. They also learn more about the product that they are selling, and learn what all it takes to have a product to sell. This contest requires a team of four. Cara Pauley, Carrol Pauley, Kohlten Shane, and Lizzy Shane made up the team for Riverdale. Riverdale placed 3rd in the contest

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Riverdale FFA Members Compete In Public Speaking

Riverdale FFA recently had 5 members compete at the sub-district public speaking contest. Hunter Shane competed in the beginning creed where members recite the FFA creed. Lizzy Shane and Maria Shane competed in the beginning prepared where members have a ag related speech ready and recite it to the judges. Lizzy Shane got 2nd and Maria got 3rd. Kohlten Shane and Cara Pauley competed in the extemporaneous contest where you are given a topic and you have 30 minutes to write a speech before reciting the speech to the judges. Kohlten Shane got 7th and Cara Pauley got 10th. Lizzy Shane will move on to the district contest at the end of February.

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Pork Banquet To Be Held

The Hardin County Pork Producers will hold their annual Pork Banquet on Saturday, March 12 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, starting at 6:30 pm. The fun-filled evening will include selection of the Queen and Scholarship Recipients as well as amazing food and door prizes.  Ticket prices are $8, and half price for 2015 Hardin County Junior Fair Swine Exhibitors, as well as Fair Workers from the Food Pavilion, and children under the age of 12.

 

The banquet is open to all interested persons but advance tickets are required.  Tickets can be purchased through March 7 from the following county Pork Producers Directors: Grant Mizek, Kevin (Dewey) Skidmore, Steve Searson, Doug & Christine Heilman, Tim Holbrook, Mark Watkins, Luke Underwood, Rob Wilson, Dick Cronley, Matthew Holbrook, Lavern & Nancy Weaver, Mike Martino, Rob Underwood, Nathan Weaver, Tyler & Tiffany Sparks, and Lane Ritchey.  Tickets can also be obtained from the Extension office at 1021 West Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton.

 

The Hardin County Pork Producers are offering six $500 scholarships to qualified students.  Scholarships will be awarded to one student from each of the six county schools.  For an application, please contact the FFA Advisor or high school guidance counselor at any of the county schools.  You can also download an application from hardin.osu.edu or pick one up at the OSU Extension office.  Completed applications are to be mailed to Douglas Heilman, 10333 County Road 265, Kenton, Ohio 43326.  The deadline for returning the completed scholarship application is March 1, 2016.

 

The Pork Producers are also looking for 2016 Pork Queen Contestants.  Eligible candidates for the title of Hardin County Pork Queen must be age 15 through 19 as of January 1, 2016.  In order to be eligible for State Pork Industry Queen contest, the entrant must be 17 prior to January 1 of the year they will be competing.  Anyone qualified and interested can become Hardin County Pork Queen, but only those who reside on a farm on which hogs are raised and is the daughter of parents now actively engaged in the production of pork will be eligible for the District III Contest in 2016.  Contestants must complete an entry form to enter the contest.

 

For further information or an entry form, please contact the Ohio State University Extension office, call 419-674-2297, or visit hardin.osu.edu to download an application.  Entries should be mailed to Nancy Weaver, 9380 County Road 265, Kenton, Ohio 43326 by March 1, 2016.  Selection will be held before a panel of judges at the Pork Banquet on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

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Pesticide Recertification Training To Be Held

Some farmers have received a notice that informs them that their current pesticide applicator license will expire at the end of March 2016 and that they must complete their continuing education hours to renew before this date.  The cost of renewal has increased since the last time and it will now cost $65.  Thirty dollars is sent to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for the license itself and $35 to OSU Extension for the continuing education requirement.

 

Farmers must have a private applicator license to apply restricted use pesticides on their farm or for an employer’s crops.  A commercial license is required for individuals who apply products on fields other than their own or as a business.  The Environmental Protection Agency determines whether a product is designated restricted or general use.  Restricted use products may be organic or traditional pesticides.

 

To obtain a private applicator license, farmers must pass a series of exams that test their competency in pesticide safety and application knowledge.  They also must be certified in one or more of seven categories in addition to Core knowledge.  These categories include Grain and Cereal Crops, Forage Crops and Livestock, Fruit and Vegetable Crops, Nursery and Forest Crops, Greenhouse Crops, Fumigation, and Specialty Uses.

 

A license must be renewed every three years.  A farmer can meet this requirement by completing three hours of approved pesticide continuing education anytime during the three year period.  Recertification training emphasizes effective management strategies that enhance crop productivity, encourage responsible use of products, and promote safe practices for applicators, the public, and the environment.  OSU Extension offices are currently offering recertification programs to fulfill the three hours of the continuing education requirement for license renewal.  A farmer may also choose to retest every three years to renew a private pesticide license.

 

The Hardin County Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) program will be offered March 10 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.  The session will begin at 9:00 am and end at 12:00 pm.  This session is for private applicators and will consist of Core, Grain and Cereal Crops, Forage Crops and Livestock, and Fumigation.  Farmers must pre-register online at http://pested.osu.edu or pick up a registration form to mail in from the Extension Office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton.  Further information regarding recertification in other areas can be obtained by contacting the Extension office before March 31.

 

A two-hour fertilizer certification program for any applicator that has a pesticide license will be also be offered on March 10, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.  This training is in combination with the pesticide recertification and will meet the certification requirements only for those with a pesticide license.  Pre-registration is required and you can register by calling the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297.

 

Training dates for Commercial Pesticide Applicators can be found at http://pested.osu.edu/commrecert.html.  Training dates for Private Pesticide Applicators for other counties in Ohio may be found at http://pested.osu.edu/privaterecert.html .  The commercial and private applicator licenses are another way that commercial pesticide applicators and farmers show good stewardship in caring for our land and producing our food in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

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Boots and Buckles 4-H Holds First Meeting

The Boots and Buckles 4-H group met for the first time at advisor Jolene Buchenroth’s

house on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 6:30 PM. The group started out by playing some get-to-know-you-games. After that, the meeting was called to order by vice president Jared McNeely. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cain Sullivan and the 4-H pledge was led by Abby Cyrus. Attendance was taken by advisor Brianne Sullivan and the question was what was your favorite cartoon character. New business was then discussed. New business is that each member of the Boots and Buckles 4-H group got a folder that has enrollment papers, a project guide, and other materials. The first book order will take place after the March meeting and tax is now charged on 4-H books. The Boots and Buckles 4-H group will also be adopting a flower bed at the fairgrounds as a community service project. After all of that, Kody Buchenroth and Jared McNeely gave an example of a bad demonstration on how to make a cake. Then, Ashley Cyrus and Kolt Buchenroth gave an example of a good demonstration on how to make a cake. Finally, the meeting was dismissed. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 14 at Jolene Buchenroth’s house at 6:30 PM.

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ONU to Host Conservation Tillage Conference

High input costs coupled with low grain prices anticipated in 2016 means that growers have to make smarter, calculated choices to grow profitable crops this year.  Also important is the need to build and maintain healthy soils to help ensure good water quality, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer.  Reeder is an organizer of the annual Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) offered March 2-3 by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

 

As farmers prepare for spring planting, much of their planning will focus on where and how to cut costs for 2016 without reducing net income, Reeder said.  “Many growers are tightening their belts because of tight budgets, low prices and not much money in the bank,” he said.  “For a few years, grain farmers were making good money.  But in 2015 grain prices fell sharply, with 2016 prices looking to stay low.”

 

CTC will offer numerous presentations designed to help growers learn where to cut back while ensuring they have healthy soils, healthy water and hopefully a healthy bank account, Reeder said.

 

The program includes a “Corn University” and “Soybean School” that will be offered during the annual conference.  Topics to be discussed during the Corn University March 2 include corn yield forecasting; new molecular methods for insect control; nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium management highlights for corn; taking a second look at hybrid performance and technology; along with crop-effective and environment-responsible nutrient placement in strip-till and no-till corn.

 

Topics to be discussed during the Soybean School March 3 include Ohio soybean limitation survey results; managing weeds in soybeans; fertility management, managing soybean insects; the future of soybean breeding; and the top 10 ways to improve yield, without breaking the bank.

 

The Corn University and Soybean School are just two of a total of eight concurrent sessions during the conference.  More than 900 participants are expected to attend the event, which is organized by OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), with assistance from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD).  OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of the college.

 

The conference will offer the latest research, insight, tips and techniques on precision fertility, cover crops and manure, water management, technology and equipment, nutrient management, and advanced cover crops.  It features some 60 presenters, including 25 CFAES researchers and Extension educators, as well as farmers and industry representatives.  Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits are available with an emphasis on soil and water, and nutrient management hours.

 

Topics presented during the two Cover Crop sessions include understanding the legal aspects of manure application; on-farm experiences with cover crops and manure; enhancing soil mycorrhizal fungi to retain nutrients; improving soil carbon for healthier soils; and sustainable agriculture programs from Campbell Soup Company.

 

The Conservation Tillage Conference will be held at the McIntosh Center of Ohio Northern University in Ada.  The full schedule and registration information can be found at ctc.osu.edu.  Participants may register by mail through February 21 or online through February 26 for $65 for one day or $85 for both days.  Walk-in registration is $80 for one day or $105 for both days.


Other conference sponsors include the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Science Review, John Deere, Ag Credit, Seed Consultants, and the Ohio No-Till Council.  For more information about this year’s CTC, contact Mark Badertscher, Hardin County OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator at 419-674-2297.

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Hardin Northern FFA Mentors Younger Students

The Hardin Northern FFA´s Senior class is participating in the Little Buddies Program where we have separated into groups that go down to help the younger elementary students with schoolwork. Our goal is to help the younger students and build up a bond with them so that they are comfortable around us. Each student is assigned 1-2 students to help them read, do math, and other activities that the teacher´s have set up for that day.

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Riverdale FFA Officers Evaluated

The Riverdale FFA recently had several accomplishment at the Regional FFA Award Evaluations. Evaluations include a quality check of record books and applications for American Degrees, State Degrees, and proficiencies. Officer books are also judged for Secretary, Treasurer, and Reporter. The American Degree is the highest degree that can be earned by an FFA member after exhibiting premier leadership and earning $10,000 with their SAE. American Degrees to be received October 2016 were:  Paul Frey, Katelyn McCoy, and Julia Naus. The State Degree is awarded by ones FFA after a member has been active in Chapter and State FFA activities, SAE earnings of $2,500 and a high attendance and scholastic record. State Degree to be awarded May 2016 include Rianne Kruiter, Car Pauley, Kohlten Shane, and Shantell Rowe. The secretary’s book includes records of our membership, meeting agendas, committee reports, meeting minutes, and correspondence. Secretary, Maria Shane, received gold rating with a score of 150/150. The treasurer’s book includes a chapter budget, individual member records of deposits, all expenses and income of the Chapter, and monthly report. Treasurer, Natalie Snook, earned a gold rating with a score of 150/150. The Reporter’s book is a Chapter scrapbook of all Chapter activities and articles published in the school and area newspaper. Reporter, Carrol Pauley, received a silver with a score of 120/150. Congratulations to all member with this year’s evaluations.

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Dairy Banquet to be Held

The annual Hardin County Dairy Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 12:00 noon at the Plaza Inn Restaurant, Mt. Victory.  Tickets this year are $13.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 12 and under.  Junior Fair Dairy Exhibitors from the 2015 Hardin County Fair are eligible for a complimentary ticket by contacting the Extension office.
 
Tickets are available until March 7 from the following county Dairy Service Unit Directors: Philip Bauer, Nate Cromer, Keith and Jean Dirkson, Mary Gurney, Chad Hazelton, Bret Rager, Larry and Janice Rall, Parry Rall, Vaughn Rall, Clair and Sue Sanders, Dan and Molly Wagner, or from the Extension Office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton.  The entertainment for the banquet will be local guitarist and vocalist Jim Boedicker.
 
The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit will be awarding a scholarship at their annual banquet. 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 been raised 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 2016 Dairy Princess.  The 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, 2016.  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, or download the application from hardin.osu.edu. The dairy scholarship application must be completed and returned to the Extension office by March 4, 2016.  The dairy princess entry form must be completed and returned to the Extension office by February 26, 2016

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State Officer Visits Riverdale FFA

The Riverdale FFA recently had Madison Sheahan, Ohio FFA State President at Large, visit and conduct leadership workshops in all classes.  She focused on opportunities in the FFA, stereotypes, and how to leave a better mark on our own Chapter. She also joined the officers for a potluck lunch. We look forward to our interactions with Madison as the school year continues.

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Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Scheduled

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 fertilizer applicators. Farmers who have their fertilizer applied by co-ops or custom applicators are not required to be certified.
 
Farmers and commercial 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. Fertilizer applicators who received Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training in the fall of 2014 or during 2015 do not need to be trained again in 2016. Applicators who are a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) or Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) are not required to attend the training.
 
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. The agriculture fertilizer certification is not required for manure applications as these are currently regulated, unless farmers are applying livestock or poultry manure from a Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (CAFF). In this case, they would need to have either the CLM or Ohio Fertilizer Certification.
 
A three-hour certification program for any applicator who does not have a pesticide license will be offered March 1 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University. The address for the location is 402 West College Avenue, Ada. Please arrive by 12:30 pm so that materials can be distributed and the program can start on time. This free training will meet the certification requirements for those with and without a pesticide license. There will also be a two-hour certification program on March 10 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for applicators who currently hold a pesticide license. This training will be held at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory as part of the annual pesticide recertification training. Pre-registration is required for both the Ada and Mt. Victory locations. Online registration is available at nutrienteducation.osu.edu. You can also register by calling the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297.
 
Applicators who meet the criteria for the fertilizer 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. 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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Sheep Banquet to be Held

The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association will hold their annual Lamb Banquet on Saturday, March 5 at St. John’s United Church of Christ at 6:30 pm. Tickets for the banquet can be obtained from the Extension office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton. Adult tickets are $15, Children $7, and 2015 Hardin County Junior Fair Sheep Exhibitors FREE with a reservation given at 419-674-2297 by February 29.
 
Tickets can be purchased until February 26 from the following county Sheep Improvement Association Directors: Adam Burbach, Megan Burgess, Scott Elliott, Barry Musselman, Cory Wagner, Dave Burkhart, Kristie Fay, Max Garmon, Don Haudenschield, Kenny Williams, Jeff Bowers, Bruce Oberlitner, Peter Previte, or Russell Senning. Tickets can also be purchased from Madelyn Lowery. The banquet entertainment will be a presentation on the International Sheep Tour to Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland by retired Hancock County OSU Extension Educator Gary Wilson.
 
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association is looking for 2016 Lamb & Wool Queen contestants and scholarship applicants. A queen applicant and their parent/guardian must be residents of Hardin County or a Hardin County School District prior to entering the contest, and live on a farm where sheep are produced or have a sheep project in the Hardin County Junior Fair to be eligible. Applicants must be 15 to 20 years of age as of January 1, 2016. Contestants must complete an entry form. For further information about the Lamb & Wool Queen contest, please contact the Sheep Improvement Association Queen Committee Chair, Kristie Fay at 419-673-8264.
 
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association is also offering a five hundred dollar scholarship to a student entering/attending college for the 2016-2017 school year. An applicant and their parent/guardian must be residents of Hardin County or a Hardin County School District prior to entering college, and must have had a sheep project and shown at the Hardin County Fair. The applicant must be maintaining a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
 
For more information about the scholarship, please contact the Sheep Improvement Association Scholarship Committee Chair, Peter Previte at 419-634-2202. Applications and rules for both the Hardin  County Lamb & Wool Queen and the Scholarship are available from your school’s FFA advisor, high school guidance counselor, or can be obtained from the OSU Extension office and its website at hardin.osu.edu. Applications must be received at the Hardin County Extension Office by February 27,

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Riverdale FFA Members Compete in Sub-District Ag Power Diagnosis

The Riverdale FFA Chapter had 3 teams of 2 compete in the tractor trouble shooting contest at Cory Rawson High School on January 21, 2016. Tractor Trouble Shooting consists of finding and fixing what is wrong with farm machinery. Caleb McCoy and Caleb Leatherwood got 22nd with 78 points. Kohlten Shane and Martin Little got 16th with107 points. Caleb Egner and Gert-Jan got 1st with 155 points. Caleb Egner and Gert-Jan Kruiter will advance on to the District Contest on February 12, 2016.

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