Fair board establishes a foundation PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 28 June 2014 01:40
A participant shows his animal during the Showmanship Sweepstakes at the 2013 Wood County Fair. A new show arena could be a beneficiary of the proposed foundation. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune, file)
With only 31 days remaining until the start of the 2014 Wood County Fair, the senior fair board continued its preparations at Thursday's meeting. The board also took the first step toward setting up a foundation to accommodate long-term investments and donations.
On the heels of a $50,000 donation recently made from the estate of Leonard and Margaret Davis, the board approved moving forward with the establishment of a separate foundation within the Wood County Agricultural Society.
The board approved spending $875 to hire Victor Ten Brink as legal adviser to establish the necessary requirements for the fund. Further action will be required later.
On the advice of Ten Brink, the board established setting the name as the Wood County Fair Foundation. Rather than create the foundation as its own entity as a separate 501c non profit, the attorney said and the board agreed, to have the foundation operate within the confines of fair operations.
Once established, the foundation would be set up to better handle donations such as that received from the Davis estate. The couple designated the funds be used toward a new building for the fairgrounds.
Conservancy receives $15K challenge grant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 28 June 2014 01:30
PERRYSBURG - The Stranahan Foundation has made a $15,000 grant to Black Swamp Conservancy. A portion of the donation is a one-for-one challenge grant - requiring the conservancy to raise matching funds from new supporters or increased contributions from current donors. These funds will be used to support the conservancy's annual operations.
Black Swamp Conservancy is a regional land trust whose mission is to permanently protect natural habitats and family farms for the benefit of current and future generations. The conservancy's service area includes 16 counties in northwest Ohio, from the Indiana line to the west and the Lake Erie Islands in Erie County to the northeast. The service area extends as far south as Hardin County. To date, the conservancy protects more than 13,300 acres of agricultural lands, woods, prairies and wetlands.
ODA director shares 'good news' PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID T. DANIELS/Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture   
Saturday, 21 June 2014 01:53
It's not too often you can read the words "good news" and "taxes" in the very same sentence, particularly when your business is farming. But Ohio farmers did indeed receive some good news about taxes over the past year. And now - brace yourself - because that news is getting even better.
First, let me recap some good tax news from the recent tax-filing season. When Ohio farmers settled up their 2013 taxes, they shared in the largest tax cut of any state in the nation, a welcome financial boost to our state's $105 billion food and agriculture industry.
4-H News: 06-27-14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 27 June 2014 22:55
Wood County Top Shots
The Wood County Top Shots 4-H Club met on June 25 at the F.O.P. Building on the fair grounds.
After general business, the club broke into committees. T-shirts have been designed but the price is not known yet. Fair Booth design was finalized. The community service project the club chose was to clean the pit in the F.O.P. Building.
The meeting was adjourned and members met with advisors to go over their project books.
ODA approves easements for local sponsors purchase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 21 June 2014 01:52
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture has announced approval for local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements in 21 counties.
Wood County is not currently listed.
Local sponsoring organizations, who include land trusts, counties and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, receive funding from the Clean Ohio Fund to manage the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP).  The easement purchases will ensure farms remain permanently in agricultural production, while continuing under private ownership.
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