Federal disaster assistance program sign-up to begin PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:06
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's has announced farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday.
"President Obama and Secretary Vilsack made it a priority to begin enrollment for these programs," said the administrator, Juan M. Garcia. "For farmers and ranchers who have been awaiting disaster assistance, help is on the way."
The Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Enrollment also begins on April 15 for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (and the Tree Assistance Program in 2011, when the programs expired, through 2014.
Elmwood FFA celebrates another fine year PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:07
Award winners at Saturday’s Elmwood FFA banquet included (from left) Mary Ellen Dierksheide, outstanding service award; Amanda Jones, DeKalb award; Ashley Veryser, chapter Queen; Jack Hagemeyer, AgCredit 110 percent; and Steve Casey, honorary degree. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY - Almost a steady stream of Elmwood FFA members crossed the stage Saturday night to be recognized for their achievements over the past year.
The annual banquet was held in the school's auditeria with more than 280 members, family and guests in attendance.
Steve Casey was recognized with the honorary chapter degree, and Mary Ellen Dirksheide was bestowed with the Outstanding Service award. Among the top student awards, Noah Fouty and Luke Hagemeyer were the recipients of the Star Greenhand award; while both Taylor Barndt and Alexis Miller received the Star Chapter Degree award.
Casey's introduction indicated how he has been very helpful to the chapter. That service has included being an officer with the chapter's Alumni group as well as his assistance with the chapter's beef stand at the Wood County fair, the test plot and the summer social.
It was also noted, "Through the years he has always provided training and preparation for the chapter's various mechanical related contest teams."
Casey has also helped the chapter with its toy show, charity work auction and meal preparation for the banquet.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:19
Conservation volunteers honored during 'National Volunteer Week' PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:58
COLUMBUS - Last year, State Conservationist Terry Cosby issued a challenge to Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees to grow the volunteer workforce, called the Earth Team, by recruiting at least one volunteer in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Not only did employees respond; they created the largest Earth Team volunteer corps in the history of NRCS in Ohio. He's celebrating the work these volunteers contribute to conservation in Ohio during National Volunteer Week, which began last Sunday and continues through this coming Sunday.
Earth Team volunteers extend NRCS services by giving their time, talent, and energy to help NRCS employees and customers protect and improve natural resources on agricultural and forest lands. In Ohio, 2,700 Earth Team volunteers donated 22,550 hours of service valued at $500,000 in fiscal year 2013. That's a 400 percent increase in volunteers and 200 percent increase in volunteer hours from the previous year. Nationally, 22,800 Earth Team volunteers donated 330,000 hours of service in fiscal year 2013.
4-H News: 04-09-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:59
Perry Go Getters
Perry Go Getters 4-H Club had its meeting on Sunday, April 6 at the Perry Township Shelter.  
The Constitution for the club as well as project books were passed out. Ideas for the fair booth were discussed and will be decided at a future meeting.
Demonstrations were given by Nick Stearns on seed germination, Joe Huff on checking tire pressure and the oil level in vehicles, and McKenzie Mercer on tooling leather.
Dates for livestock weigh-ins and quality assurance meetings were talked about.  
Volunteer schedule was made to help at the West Millgrove Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry on April 25-26.
Refreshments were provided by McKenzie Mercer and Joe Huff.
Farm Briefs: 04-09-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:58
Arbor sets meeting
Portage Center Arbor #524 will be meeting Sunday at Portage United Methodist Church on Portage Road. Members are having a Swiss Steak meal. Gleaners will meet at noon and share in the meal that the church will be having. At 1 p.m. their will be a short meeting with Joe Matthews who is with Principle Business Enterprise that works with the Safety Program. He will be talking about recycling that will cover Activity #4 called Environmental #4 and #14 Learn as an Arbor. Also the group will be talking about Activity #8 Benevolent Fund Activity #14. Bring what dates that you would be able to meet. The public is invited to join.
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