New 2014 crop insurance guidelines for cover crops PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:17
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., - The USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced updated guidance providing producers more flexibility when insuring a crop that follows a cover crop in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
RMA changed federal crop insurance provisions concerning cover crops as a result of increasing interest in this practice.
According to Brian Frieden, director of the risk management agency's Springfield regional office, the changes are a result of a coordinated effort with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency to develop a consistent, simple and flexible policy across the three agencies. "For farmers wanting to insure their spring crop following a cover crop the cover crop must have been planted within the last 12 months and terminated at, or within five days after planting, but before crop emergence," noted Frieden. "Cover crops may also be hayed, grazed or used for silage as long as the planned amount of biomass is available at the time termination." Producers using cover crops are encouraged to discuss these changes with their crop insurance agent when making decisions for the upcoming crop year.
Farm Briefs: 02-04-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:17
Arbor sets meeting for Sat.
Portage Center Arbor #524 will be having its monthly meeting on Saturday at Hope Lutheran Church, on corner of Cloverdale Road and Linwood Road.
The group will be having its Pancake and Sausage Supper starting at 6 p.m. Pancake and meat will be furnished. Those attending should bring their own table services, drink, and a dessert dish to pass. After eating, there will be a short business meeting to plan out activities. Members and guests are invited to bring a friend and "join in on the fun."

Soybean Webinar Feb. 11
The public is invited to a free webinar hosted by Ohio State University Extension focusing on soybean production from 7- 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11.  
Topics are:
• "Everything but the Kitchen Sink: High Input Soybean Production," by Dr. Laura Lindsey, OSU Extension Specialist.
• "Updates on Fungicides and Resistance, Soybean Cyst Nematode and Seed Treatments," by Dr. Anne Dorrance, OSU Extension Specialist.
4-H News: 02-04-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:16
Saddles n' Surreys
Saddles n' Surreys 4-H Club had its first meeting of the year on Jan 23. It is a year-round club that holds meetings every month of the year. The club meets at Haskins Community Church on Main Street at 7 p.m.
Members were reminded of these important deadlines:
• Completed Enrollment forms for 4-H are to be turned in at the February meeting. (Saddles n' Surreys advisors must sign them and then turn them in to the Extension Office.)
• Each member should have a list of project books by title and number at the February meeting. Advisors will pick up the books requested and deliver them to members at the March meeting.
Other dates to remember include:
Feb. 16 -- the Findlay Flea Market is at the Western Farm.
March 8--The Advisor's Dance is at the Jr. Fair Building. Doors open at 7 p.m.
March 23--The Wood County Horseman's Flea Market is at the Junior Fair Building.
Toy show canceled but Elmwood FFA members stay busy PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:16
Elmwood FFA members (from left) Greanna Kurtz, Luke Hagemeyer, and Kendra Stewart as they participated in an activity during the visit of the state FFA president. (Photo provided)
With the start of the new year, the Elmwood FFA chapter found it necessary to cancel its annual toy show due to inclement weather. In the 20 years of the show, this was only the second time the show was canceled.
Seven of the chapter's officers are working diligently to prepare the officer book of their respective position for the fast approaching Regional FFA evaluation. Taylor Barndt and Makayla Mohre have been putting in many hours to prep the chapter's secretary book. Taking on the job of preparing the chapter's treasurer book is Morgan Huff and Marisa Ayala. The final officer book to be submitted will be the chapter's scrapbook and heading up that task is Meagan Wise, Ashley Veryser and Angelique Franks.
In addition to the officer books being evaluated, several chapter members will have their State and American FFA degree applications evaluated.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:41
Agriculture featured at TMACOG annual meeting as Anderson speaks to group PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:14
PERRYSBURG - Agribusiness was the focus of the keynote address at Wednesday's TMACOG general assembly business meeting.
Daniel T. Anderson addressed members of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, focusing on the topic of Agribusiness From local fields to global yields - the economic impact of agriculture. Anderson serves as vice president, corporate operations services and president of the retail group of The Andersons, Inc.
During his talk held at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Anderson briefed those attending on the company's history and growth over the years.
"We are an agricultural company at its base," he said, adding that the very core of their business is service.
Anderson noted the board of directors focuses on four distinct areas and drew some laughter from those attending when he said, it is impossible to please all four integers, namely the customers, the employees, the community and the owners.
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