Every farm to have at least one person fertilizer certified PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 07 June 2014 01:48
Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 150 (SB 150) this week, a bill which will now require one farmer per farm operation to be certified to apply fertilizer.
The bill was introduced on June 25, 2013 by senators Cliff Hite, who is also chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Bob Peterson. The sponsors and agencies willingly worked with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA), the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and other agricultural groups as the bill underwent several drafts during the committee hearing process in the Senate.
"No one has a clear understanding of how exactly phosphorus is moving through the soil profile, or can explain why there are algae blooms in areas that don't have agricultural activity near them," said Brent Hostetler, OCWGA president.
Sassafras tea focus of June's ag breakfast PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 June 2014 01:48
HASKINS - "Keeping the sassafras tradition alive" will be the topic of the June Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum.
Jeff Nordhaus, owner, H & K Products, Inc., will speak on preserving a long-standing tea tradition at the monthly event on June 19.  Networking starts at 8 a.m., and the forum begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike (Ohio 582) east of Haskins.
H & K Products, located in Columbus Grove, is a third generation family business that brews their famous sassafras, green, raspberry and peach liquid concentrates.
Since 1962, Pappy's Sassafras Tea remains the only true sassafras tea product in the world. It is brewed straight from sassafras root bark and is touted as having a strong health component.
Summer increases risk of emerald ash borer exposure PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 08:10
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As the summer tourism season gets underway, The International Society of Arboriculture cautions people about the possible spread of emerald ash borer among the urban tree canopy in cities and forests across the U.S.
Considered the "Green Menace", experts say EAB is now in 21 states and has also been detected in Canada. The beetle is native to Asia and strikes North American Ash trees.  Scientists say those ash trees destroyed by EAB create a damaging effect on the eco-system and can even impact homeowner property values. Already, EAB destruction has cost municipalities, property owners, and the green industry tens of millions of dollars.
"As people travel and make trip plans for the summer, the chances escalate for EAB movement to unaffected areas, especially when people transport firewood," says Jim Skiera, ISA Executive Director. "Woodlot management, planting trees that are resistant to EAB and hiring an ISA Certified Arborist to protect trees with proper care and maintenance are all ways to prevent infestation."
Deadline nears for 'Ag is Cool' contest PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 08:11
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture reminds parents and children the deadline for the 2014 "Agriculture is Cool!" Creative Expressions contest is Friday.
Ohio children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2013-2014 academic year are encouraged to capture their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool for their chance to win prizes including a trip to the fair.
Entries, which can include an original video, photograph, drawing, or painting, will be judged in the following age categories. One winner from each age group and category will be chosen:
• Grades K-2: Photography, Drawing or Painting
• Grades 3-5: Video, Photography, Drawing or Painting
Cooking with sorghum syrup PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 31 May 2014 01:58
A recipe which uses sorghum syrup:
Blueberry Sorghum Spoon Bread
Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours (30 minutes active)
Servings: 8
3 cups milk
1/2 cup sorghum syrup
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
3 eggs
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups blueberries
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