Farmer's idea featured in national magazine PDF Print E-mail
Written by KRISTEN HAINKEL Staff Reporter Circleville News   
Saturday, 28 December 2013 09:24
CIRCLEVILLE - Rethinking a common tool for cattle rearing earned a local farmer national recognition.
Successful Farming, an Iowa-based magazine, highlighted Steve Barthelmas of Circleville in the "All Around the Farm: Idea of the Month" column in its December issue. About 100 submissions are received monthly, said marketing assistant Sally Odam of Successful Farming Magazine.
Barthelmas raises cattle on a farm off Ohio 104. He frequently uses a cattle chute, a metal stall or cage, for medical purposes. In place of the traditional hydraulic powered door, he installed an air cylinder. He said hydraulic pumps are expensive and the amount of power output is unnecessary.
"In the winter, the oil in the pump can get stiff, which makes it not move as well," he said.
The farmer got the idea from working in the printing industry, where most equipment is operated by air. He experimented with different types of equipment before finding an adequate combination of air and pressure.
Farm Briefs: 12-28-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 28 December 2013 09:24
ARCHBOLD - Ohio State University Extension, Defiance and Fulton counties, will host a "Farmland Leasing Workshop" on Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Northwest State Community College.
The program includes discussion of the following topics:
• From flex to cash rent: farmland leasing options
• Factors affecting leasing options and rates
• Evaluating cash rent survey data
• Legal issues in farmland leasing
• Analyzing good and bad leasing practices
• Developing a written lease for your farm
Swine Scramble winners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 10:01
Alyssa Hoodlebrink poses with her grand champion trophy and hog during the Swine Scramble sale at the Wood County Fairgrounds last Saturday. The small pigs caught at the Pemberville Fair event were judged and sold. (Photos by Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Landon Porter poses with his reserve champion trophy and hog during the Swine Scramble Sale.
Morlock receives state 4-H honor PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:41
Jenny Morlock at the OSU Extension office. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
In offices tucked away in a county building along South Dunbridge Road magic happens on a regular basis.
The building houses the Ohio State University Extension office including the 4-H program. The staff works well together with Jenny Morlock recently recognized at the state level for her contributions.
"I'm passionate about 4-H," Morlock said. "It's made me who I am today."
The 4-H program assistant was named the 2013 Ohio recipient of the Achievement in Service Award by the state's chapter of the National Association of 4-H Extension Professionals.
Listing her credentials in the application to receive this award required two printed pages. Those who know her well, say even that doesn't fully express her value to the organization.
"This award says a lot about Jenny," said Jayne Roth, the county's 4-H Extension educator. "People across the state thought highly of her skills. They see what she does."
Pardon me, but it is now 'The Wood County Fair' PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 09:11
PEMBERVILLE - It's official ... It is now "The Wood County Fair" instead of simply Wood County Fair. The change was made at Thursday night's meeting of the Senior Fair Board as members voted to change the name of the annual summer gala held at the Wood County Fairgrounds.
The biggest discussion centered around the pronunciation of the additional word as "Thuh" or "Thee." While not all the directors voted, there was no opposition to adding the word with no conclusive decision on the way to say it. There was no explanation offered as to why "The" need for "The" extra word in "The" fair's name.
The meeting also included the annual Christmas dinner party, It was held for the first time at the Riverview Banquet Center in Pemberville.
It was a festive atmosphere including the announcement by the three Wood County Commissioners that they approved $15,500 in finances to tile the main south parking lot for the fairgrounds to improve drainage. Jim Carter made the announcement with Doris Herringshaw and Joel Kuhlman by his side.
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