Eastwood FFA bestows its 2013 Greenhand degrees PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 30 November 2013 09:22
Last week, several new members of the Eastwood FFA chapter received their Greenhand FFA Degree during an evening ceremony.  In order to achieve this degree the new members had to fulfill requirements involving their knowledge of the FFA as well as planning appropriate goals for their Supervised Agricultural Experience.  
Those students recognized were: Allison Abke, Alex Bookenberger, Miranda Cleveland, Logan Frobose, Jacob Hahn, Mackenzie Hineline, Makahlen Hiser, Lucas Jackson, Heidi Jennings, Jonathan Konecny, Rebecca Lambing, Jessica Lang, Daniel Mackay, Alicyn McClish, Megan Melcher, Jolynn Nissen, D.J. Rolf, Jacob Sheldrick and Joy Woods.
Why Ohio needs a Farm Bill now PDF Print E-mail
Written by ANTHONY LOGAN and STEVE MAURER/Ohio USDA officials   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:29
This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation.
The Farm Bill is crucial to maintaining a strong agriculture sector and an abundant food supply that benefits all Americans.  Over the past two years, producers have faced a multitude of disasters - from drought, to flooding, to blizzards.  These events demonstrate how important the safety net is to keeping producers going strong. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, the Farm Service Agency was able to provide $149,657,306.00 in disaster assistance in Ohio using Farm Bill programs.
A new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would provide a strong crop insurance program, reauthorize the now-expired disaster assistance programs, and provide retroactive assistance for livestock producers.
Ag credit announces continued strong earnings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:56
FOSTORIA - Ag Credit, ACA, a member-owned cooperative with more than $1.43 billion in assets, has announced financial results for the first nine months of calendar year 2013.
Net income for the first nine months of 2013 was $23.8 million, compared with $19.3 million for the same period in 2012. The increase in net income is primarily due to increased net interest income on increased loan volume and an increase in earnings on the association's own funds in loans.
Loan volume increased by $91.9 million for the first nine months of 2013, representing a 7.18% increase in loans.  Members' equity increased to $216.35 million from $200.10 million at the end of 2012.   
Otsego FFA earns 3-star national chapter award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:04
Otsego FFA members show off their spelunking helmets after touring the Kentucky Down Under Cave.  Members are (back row, from left) Justen Garmenn, Ben Thomas, Brandon Bailey and Alex Vollmar  and (front, from left) Mackenzie Wenig, Sara Caris, Caroline Battin and Grayce Vollmar. (Photo provided)
On Oct. 30, the Otsego FFA Chapter departed along with five other schools from Penta Career Center to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. Otsego had eight members who attended the convention, where it again was named as recipients of the premiere 3-star national ranking.
Members who attended were: Ben Thomas, Alex Vollmar, Justen Garmenn, Brandon Bailey, Sara Caris, Caroline Battin, Grayce Vollmar and Mackenzie Wenig.
The first day members attended the opening session where the keynote speaker was Rick Pitino, the University of Louisville head basketball coach. Pitino spoke about leadership and how to work hard and never give up.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:56
Permits needed for wild animals, snakes, commercial dog breeders PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:55
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture reminds dangerous wild animal and restricted snake owners, and commercial  dog breeders and retailers that permit applications for 2014 are due no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013.  
• Dangerous Wild Animal and Restricted Snake Permits
After Jan. 1, 2014, a valid permit is required to keep an existing dangerous wild animal or a restricted snake.  Among the application requirements are a permit fee, completed background check, signed affidavit affirming that housing facilities meet state standards, and proof of liability insurance or surety bond.
Dangerous wild animal owners who registered their animal in accordance with the law will be sent application materials, which are also available at:
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