Census data shows continued growth in Ohio ag industry PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:52
REYNOLDSBURG,   - Ohio's thriving agriculture industry is seeing continued growth, based on preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture released recently by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In several cases, Ohio's growth significantly outpaced the nation, highlighting the strength of the state's agricultural producers.
"The preliminary data shows what we have known for years: Ohio's $105 billion food and agriculture industry is built upon a strong and thriving agricultural production base. Our farmers are the backbone of our state's economic growth and this data shows us they are working harder than ever to provide our state with a safe, wholesome and abundant food supply," said Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels.
Among the most notable results in the preliminary data is the increase in the market value of crops and livestock sold since the census was last completed in 2007.  While market value numbers increased 32.78 percent nationally, the value of Ohio crops and livestock increased 42.28 percent.  This is primarily due to a sharp increase in crop values, which increased in Ohio by 60.54 percent but only 47.85 percent nationally.  Ohio is ranked 13th nationally with a total value of crop and livestock sales just over $10 billion in 2012.
Elmwood FFA members advance toward degrees PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:21
The Elmwood FFA recently participated in the Regional FFA Evaluation at Bowling Green High School. Six of the chapter's officers and assistant officers entered their respective officer books where they were ranked against other books from throughout Northwest Ohio.
The chapter's secretary's book entered by Secretary Taylor Barndt and Assistant Secretary Makayla Mohre scored a perfect score of 100 points and ranked first in the district out of 16 entries.
Another officer book entered was the treasurer's book. This entry found Treasurer Morgan Huff and Assistant Treasurer Marisa Ayala also receiving a perfect score of 100 points and ranking first out of 15 in District 1. Their book included a monthly record of receipts and disbursements, individual members records, a record of all chapter special projects, and a budget and inventory record.
The third officer book entered by the chapter was the reporter's scrapbook and it too, received a perfect 99.99 points. This meant that Reporter Meagan Wise and Assistant Reporter Ashley Veryser ranked first out of 17 District 1 reporters. The scrapbook included copies of all chapter news articles and pictures, copies of chapter newsletters, and snapshots of chapter activities with captions.
Elmwood FFA receives $2,500 donation PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:15
Local farmer Mary Dierksheide has directed a $2,500 donation to the Elmwood FFA. Funded by America's Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will aid in creating a community test plot and offering emergency 911 address signs to community members.
Thanks to the support of farmers across the country such as Dierksheide, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.
Dierksheide was excited to be named the winner and said, "The FFA does great things for these kids and the kids really help out the community. They truly deserve this donation."
4-H News: 03-08-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:16
Jackson Livestock
On Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. the Jackson Livestock 4-H Club held its first meeting of the year at the Ohio State Agricultural Research Farm. During the meeting, the club elected officers and set dates for recycling. The officers who were elected are as follow: Cortlan Sheeks, president; Bridget Swartz, vice president; Lindsey Davis, secretary; Ross Wenzinger, reporter and Rachel Wenzinger photographer. The club also decided dates for recycling and they are as follow: March 22, Schwab and Bassinger; April 26th Crawford and Davis; May 24,Wenzinger and Erven, and on June 28, Davis and Swartz.
The next meeting will be held at the Ohio State Research Farm on Sunday.
Farm Briefs: 03-08-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:14
County born/raised added for goat and sheep at fair
The goat and sheep departments are introducing "Wood County Born and Raised" to each department's market show this year.
Exhibitors must bring a copy of their sales receipt to turn in at the April 26 weigh-in as entry to participate.
The receipt must include the breeder's name and address. The sale price may be deleted from the copy.
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