Congressman seeks to help popcorn growers PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 09 November 2013 08:48
WASHINGTON - Northwest Ohio is a significant contributor to Ohio's distinction as one of the larger popcorn producing states in the country. Recent decisions by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) has put a crimp in the growers' ability to insure their popcorn.
While popcorn is not one of the major Wood County crops it is still important to those who grow the snack corn.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) recently sent a letter to the RMA administrator, Brandon Willis, expressing his concerns with a recently finalized rule that folds current crop group risk insurance plans into a new single Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI) plan.
"I want to ensure that policies, such as the ARPI rule, do not place farmers at a disadvantage that hurts their ability to manage risk for popcorn production, as well as jeopardize future supplies of popcorn that could increase prices for consumers," the letter reads.
Lecture on sustainability offered by Lourdes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:34
SYLVANIA - On Nov. 12, the Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment Inc. will host a lecture titled: "The Essentials of Agricultural Sustainability."  The lecture features John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri Columbia, who will speak on creating a sustainable agriculture by setting our priorities and principles right by giving the pursuit of happiness priority over the pursuit of economic efficiency.  
The lecture will be held from 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. in the Franciscan Theater and Conference Center of Lourdes University. Attendance is free and open to the public.  For more information about the lecture and S.A.V.E. contact Sr. Rosine Sobczak OSF, Associate Professor of Biology at the S.A.V.E. Office 419-824-3691 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  
Farm Bureau promotes personnel PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:31
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has announced several appointments and/or promotions.
• Seth Teter has been promoted to director of content strategy.In addition to serving as editor of OFBF's publications Our Ohio and Buckeye Farm News, Teter will help Farm Bureau develop strategy and tactics to deliver news and engagement opportunities to Farm Bureau members and other audiences through the organization's print, Web and social media channels
"Seth sees the interesting stories that are a part of farming and Farm Bureau, and the value of those stories as a place to start conversations about agriculture," said Pat Petzel, OFBF vice president, communications. "His insights will help Farm Bureau better connect with our members and the public."
• Leah Dorman, D.V.M. has been named senior director for animal and food policy. She will manage a team within the Public Policy Department that will focus on livestock, animal and food issues. Her team will work with Farm Bureau members who are involved with advisory teams and community councils as well as manage OFBF's relationship with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and other organizations.
4-H News: 11-05-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:33
Saddles N' Surreys
Saddles N' Surreys is a 4-H Club that mostly shows horses at the Wood County Fair.
The club had its first official meeting Thursday. Members decided as of this year to make individual committees for different topics, for instance; barn and both, social, community service, programming (guest speakers), etc. to help the club run more smoothly and accomplish more.
The club also decided to do something for the community, as those attending discussed several ideas for community service projects. Members are considering church food donations, the Stranahan Theatre project called Noel, where they can help hand out presents to the needy at Christmas time, Project Hope which is an organization that uses therapy for children through horses, and the Wood County Humane society needs cleaning supplies and their dogs walked. The club will choose several of these projects throughout the year.
USDA has begun making CRP rental, other payments PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:27
WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program annual rental payments to participants across the country. USDA also will distribute 2013 direct payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election program payments beginning Oct. 24. Payments originally were scheduled to be issued earlier in the month, but were delayed by several weeks due to the lapse in Federal funding.
"Farmers, ranchers and rural landowners across the country count on USDA programs and the payment delays due to the shutdown were an unnecessary burden," Vilsack said. "USDA has prioritized making these scheduled payments without any further delay and Farm Service Agency staff have worked hard to get this assistance out the door as quickly as possible."
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