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Farm Briefs: 02-22-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:28
Second 'P' test session set
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding part two of the "Can you pass your 'P' Test" series.
Greg LaBarge from OSU Extension will be discussing keeping your nutrients where they belong. The session will offer two hours of CCA credits. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wood SWCD conference room, 1616 E. Wooster St., Suite 32.  With additional questions or to RSVP please call 419-354-5517.
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New home sought for Destiny PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:27
The Wood County Humane Society is looking for a permanent home for one of its long-term residents: a horse by the name of Destiny.
Destiny is a six year-old Paso Fino mare with a friendly personality. According to Shelter Manager Erin McKibben, Destiny and several other horses came to the WCHS nearly five years ago as part of a cruelty case.
McKibben said that the horses "weren't being cared for at all, and Destiny lacked a lot of nutrition (because she was a baby at the time), and we originally thought she wouldn't grow right and would have deformities." However, he adds, Destiny has "defied the odds and developed into quite the nice, healthy young mare she is today."
Destiny currently stands for the farrier and loves to be groomed. In 2011, she received 60 days of training and continues to be ridden on a weekly basis. Currently, Destiny requires an experienced rider, but with time and patience she could be suitable for riders of all skill and experience levels. Destiny has been fostered by the Healing Barn since 2008.
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Tractor Supply again supports FFA PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:18
BRENTWOOD, Tenn.  - Following a successful initial campaign in 2013, Tractor Supply Company has announced the second annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation. Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.
The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally by each of the more than 1,245 Tractor Supply and Del's Feed & Farm Supply stores Feb. 14-23, which includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at store registers during the checkout process to support local FFA chapters and their members. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply's Growing Scholars program will be utilized to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent of donations will benefit state FFA organizations.
"The funding we received from our customers last year was incredible," said Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort. "We're honored to be able to provide critical funding to FFA members who intend to pursue a college degree and local FFA chapters that enrich the lives of young members by teaching life skills, citizenship and leadership qualities. Giving back to our 1,200-plus communities that we serve is very important, and the Growing Scholars program is one of the ways that we support our current and future customers and future team members."
To be eligible for the scholarship program, students must be current FFA members and either high school seniors or a freshman, sophomore or junior college student seeking a two- or four-year degree or other specialized training program. Major areas of study will also be considered when determining scholarship recipients.
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4-H club news (2-18-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:46
Golden Key
The Golden Key 4-H Club will have its first meeting of the year at 2 p.m. Sunday at the South Liberty United Methodist church.
The church is located at the corner of Bays and Potter Roads. Enrollment forms will be available at the meeting or you may go to the 4-H website and download the form.
Project updates, requirements and important dates will be discussed. For further information you may contact advisers - Kalin or Doug Kale at 419-686-1935 or Peg Naus at 419-575-3099.

Reporter reminder
All Wood County 4-H clubs are reminded to submit information regarding their club to the farm editor, Bill Ryan. His e-mail is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . call 419-352-4611 with any questions.
 
ODA discovers way to combat swine virus PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:32
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently made a scientific breakthrough that will help pork producers nationwide fight against the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. Genetic sequencing of a new PED strain conducted by ODA's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory  may lead to a marketable vaccine for swine in the near future.
"The scientists at the Ohio Department of Agriculture have always been of the highest caliber, as this is not the first time they have broken new scientific ground to help secure our most important industry in our state and beyond," said ODA Director David Daniels. "Their tireless work in this important accomplishment will help ease the stress on pork producers and consumers nationwide."
PED, first confirmed in the U.S. in 2013, is a virus similar to transmissible gastroenteritis, another disease affecting pigs. The virus is most often fatal to piglets, causing diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration and high mortality. The virus also sickens older hogs, though their survival rate tends to be high. PED cannot spread to humans or other species and poses no risk to food safety. However, PED remains a great concern for pork producers, with piglet mortality totaling in the millions to date.
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