Gibsonburg FFA's sausage sale wraps up PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:50
The Gibsonburg FFA will stop taking orders for its 2014 annual sausage sale on Friday. Late orders for sausage, ribs, and barbecue sauce may be placed up to March 7, but will be filled as the orders are received as long as the product is available. The packaging date will be the morning of March 14. Call in orders may be picked up after 1:30 on that day.  Orders placed with FFA members should be delivered by March 18.  If you do not receive your order please call so that we may locate your order and make arrange for immediate delivery.
The FFA is selling both mild seasoned and spicy seasoned sausage as links, bulk or patties. The FFA is also selling fresh pork ribs by the side. The barbecue sauce is available in three flavors, Sweet and Smokey, Island BBQ, and Mildly Spicy Kick. Also fresh Florida strawberries can be ordered and those will be shipped straight to the chapter from Florida during the week of March 17.
Penta's FFA third in district tractor diagnostic event PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:47
Jay Graham (left) and Nick Stearns, both from Elmwood schools, work on trouble shooting a tractor at Owens. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Penta County FFA was the best among the Wood County chapters at the 21st annual FFA District I Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics Contest held Friday at Owens Community College.
Penta finished third among the 10 chapters which competed. Elmwood FFA was fifth; Otsego FFA, sixth and Bowling Green FFA finished in eighth.
Formerly called the Tractor Troubleshooting event, the contest involve teams, consisting of two students, completing various testing to determine their expertise of tractors. As part of the practical skills competition, teams will be required to locate, identify and repair a malfunction on five pieces of equipment donated for the event.
Penta performed well in the practical part of the test, including a 61 on one problem, the highest individual score of the event. However, Drake Kalmbacher and Mike Hamernik's written test scores were 14 points lower than the champions from Ayersville. The champions totaled 274; while second place Woodmore scored 268 for the contest. Penta was close behind at 266.
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Weihl participates in national Farm Bureau discussion contest PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:45
COLUMBUS - Caroline Weihl of Perrysburg recently represented Ohio in the national Collegiate Discussion Meet, a contest promoted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers program of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation sponsored her participation in the contest at the recent YF&R Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., along with John Schoenhals from Archbold. Both were awarded $250 scholarships from AFBF.
The Collegiate Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting and requires contestants to demonstrate leadership skills and knowledge of issues.
Weihl is an Ohio State University senior and is studying agricultural communications. She has been active in Farm Bureau. Her family farms in Wood County.
Schoenhals also attends Ohio State University.
The strong demand to rent land continues PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:46
Farm profits remained strong in 2013, keeping the demand for land leases steady, according to Farmers National Company, the nation's leading farm and ranch real estate company in the country. Despite lower commodity prices and decreased gross incomes, farm profitability remains good due in part to a 30 percent drop in fertilizer prices since 2012 and carryover grain sales from the previous crop year.
"Demand for high quality property is keeping both land values and rental rates strong," said David Englund, AFM, executive vice president of farm and ranch management of Farmers National Company. "Overall, lease rates are higher on quality land if the land was rented below market in 2013, but rates across the board are mostly level. Fertilizer costs are expected to drop further in 2014, which will help farmers remain profitable."
The desire of farm owners to expand existing operations is leading to highly aggressive sales activity and keeping the demand for farmland strong. In addition, there has been a trend of young people coming back to family farm operations prompting additional demand for land.
"As a result of these factors, lease rates for land should remain steady and strong throughout the year," said Englund.
Food industry experts to convene PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:44
TOLEDO - The food industry in Ohio is huge. More than 60,000 people work at nearly 1,000 food and beverage companies across the state. The industry ships more than $24 billion worth of products every year. Such impressive numbers make Ohio one of the nation's leaders in food/beverage processing and agribusiness.
On March 6, from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., the Center for Innovative Food Technology, the Food Innovation Center at The Ohio State University, and the Ohio Manufacturing
Extension Partnership have partnered to host representatives from food-related businesses at the NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center for the Ohio Food Industry Expo - a full day where companies can discover new techniques, learn of innovative trends, and identify valuable resources that will strengthen one of Ohio's already strong and vital industries.
This event features numerous industry specialists.  
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