County Farmers Union looked forward and backward at its annual meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:42
NORTH BALTIMORE - While one of the major topics of the annual meeting of the Wood County Farmers Union was Senate Bill 150 (see related story, beginning on page 1), there were various other things addressed at the meeting held at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in North Baltimore.
At the meeting Julie Baumgarner, the Wood County recorder, was a featured speaker. She updated those in attendance with some of the latest news from the Wood County offices, not just her office. She noted how she has seen the economy moving ahead slowly with some modest improvement in housing sales.
"The economy is getting better as we are seeing some building," Baumgarner said noting one new housing development going up. That is a trend which she has not seen for many years.
She also shared services provided to veterans by her office in regard to filing and accessing discharge papers.
One of the Farmers Union members, Karen Wood, gave a well-received presentation on the history of the Farmers Union, which included information on the national, state and local offices.
4-H club news (1-22-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:41
Lucky Charms

On Jan. 12, the Lucky Charms 4-H Club convened for officer elections. Dana Kleman was elected president; Meredith Schultz, vice president/treasurer; Keira Miller secretary/news reporter; Analisa Bihary, health and safety officer; and Duncan Schultz and Avalyn Bihary, recreation officers.
4-H Advisors Amy Hoops and Nada Miller led the club in activities to learn about healthy snacks. Members learned about the five food groups, and categorized their favorite snacks as a fruit, vegetable, grain, protein, dairy, or junk food. For recreation, members played "Button, Button, Who Has the Button," and "Snack Tag," a variation of Freeze Tag, in which members had to shout a healthy snack to avoid being frozen.
January is National Thank-you Month; to celebrate, members signed thank-you cards the Wood County Commissioners, Senator Gardner, Representative Brown, and Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, where they meet. The Lucky Charms realizes that 4-H would not be possible without their support. They would also like to extend their thanks to all 4-H advisors.
The Lucky Charms will have officer installations at their next meeting, which will be Sunday at the church.
Kempf to host regenerative farming forum on Jan. 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:17
MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio - Internationally recognized speaker and founder-CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture, John Kempf will host a regenerative farming forum at AEA's Winter Meeting on Jan. 30, at Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek, Ohio.
The forum will be a full-day session which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kempf will discuss the concepts of a regenerative approach to farming and outline a framework of agricultural possibilities and opportunities.
He will also address the difference between healthy and unhealthy plants, provide a model for growing high quality crops resistant to insect pests and disease, and share solutions to common challenges including Corn Rootworm and Spotted Wing Drosophila Fly.
WSWCD conference set (1-22-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:41
P-test looks at phosphorous
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a three-part series on agricultural nutrient management titled "Can You Pass Your 'P' Test?"
"P" is the commonly used abbreviation for phosphorous in the agricultural community. The first meeting is Tuesday, where Nathan Wright from Geophyta will be presenting on "Soil Testing and Reading Your Results."
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Wood SWCD office, 1616 E. Wooster St., Suite 32.
The second and third sessions will be Feb. 27 and March 25.
One hour of CCA credit is available. For questions and to RSVP please call 419-354-5517
Jr. Fair Board looks forward in planning PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:17
On Wednesday, the Wood County Junior Fair Board started off the first meeting of the new year by reviewing business from the November meeting, then discussing new business.
The first major item was approving the purchase of a CLAP raffle ticket for the upcoming drawing on March 8.
The board also discussed the investment for a mural for the fair. This mural would be made of canvas and would be hung at future fairs for children of all ages to color while enjoying time at the fair. A committee was formed for further discussion and research.
The Junior Fair Board also focused on fundraising for the improvement of the fairgrounds.
Board members will once again collect company sponsorships through the purchase of bricks for the grounds, show arena signs and Junior Fair T-shirt advertisement.
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