Fair's 'catch-a-pigs' sold on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:34
Dalton Limes stands with his grand champion hog, ‘Hammy’ at the Catch-a-pig sale. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
They grow big so fast. While many parents have uttered that phrase about their children, on Saturday that sentiment was expressed about the hogs being sold at the 2013 Catch-a-pig sale held at the Wood County Fairgrounds.
Dalton Limes and Madison Milligan were judged to have the top two hogs at this year's annual event featuring the small pigs caught during the Wood County Fair in August.
Dalton raised "Hammy" to be the grand champion; while Madison showed the reserve champion, "Twizzler." "Carly" was the heaviest hog in the show tipping the scales at 365 pounds.
Carly was fed by Ross Welling, in earning the title of rate of gain winner.
Eastwood FFA members Lane Kemner and Garrett Tuck served as the judges for the event.
Otsego FFA stays busy in numerous competitions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:06
The 101 members of the Otsego FFA Chapter have had busy fall in competing in both county and district career development events (CDE).
Chapter members worked in preparing for seven different CDE or FFA contests.
The first contest held was rural soil judging where members evaluate soils for rural use such as farming and wildlife habitat. The team competed in both the county and district contests. At district the team placed 10th. Team members were Mackenzie Wenig, Marissa Garrett, Allison McVeigh, Alex Wenig, Zach Downs, Caleb Baus, and Jonathan Weihl.
The urban soils team evaluated soils for uses in lawns, gardens, septic systems, and roads. The team competed in both the county and district level. In the county the team placed second and at district the team placed eighth.
Members of the district soils team were Savannah Schwind, Austin Varela, Ricky Peterson, Austin Thomas, Erikka West, John Thomas, Emily McVeigh, and Trevor Buehrer.
County 4-H honors its volunteers and donors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:43
Honorary 4-H membership was bestowed Thursday night on Betty Wenig (left) and Conni Grames. (Photos provided by Wood County 4-H)
PEMBERVILLE - The Wood County 4-H held its annual Volunteer and Donor Banquet on Thursday evening at the Riverview Banquet Center, Pemberville.
Throughout the evening numerous individuals and companies were recognized for their contributions to the 4-H organization in the county.
Connie Grames and Betty Wenig were recognized with Honorary 4-H Awards, what officials consider  the highest 4-H award bestowed in Wood County. The organization also bestowed four members of the "Save the Milkshake Barn Crew" with "The 5th H" award.
Also presented were several outstanding service awards as well as volunteer spirit awards.
According to her introduction, Grames has dedicated two decades to making the county horse program excellent She has been an adviser for the Sunset Saddlers club and serves a member of the Senior Fair Board. She also involves the Junior Fair Board members in all aspects of the fair including decision making.
Farm Briefs: 12-10-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:06
'Farm Outlook' meeting set
The 2014 Farm Outlook meeting is set for Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Junior Fair Building on the Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 West Poe Road.
Cost to attend is $15, payable at the door.
Those planning to attend should reserve their lunch by Dec. 16 by calling  Wood County Extension at 419-354-9050 or Ag Credit 419-352-5178.
The agenda features:
• Grain Market Outlook: Income Crisis Coming? by Matt Roberts, OSU Professor
• Farm Inputs and Land Values / Rent Issues by Barry Ward, OSU Asst. Professor
• Federal Farm Policy Update by Carl Zulauf, OSU Professor
Farm Briefs: 12-07-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:30
'Growing opportunities' event The Center for Innovative Food Technology will hold a "Growing Opportunities" program on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m.
The event will be at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike (Ohio 582).
The program will target specialty crop growers and other agricultural professionals. Experts will be on hand to discuss:
• Blanching/freezing processes
• Buyers searching for locally-produced product in the off season
• Supply chain work with processors
• Season extension techniques through hoop houses
• Hydroponic vertical growing systems
Reservations are requested to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 419-535-6000, ext 140.
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