Conservation initiatives announced by USDA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:06
What the United States Agriculture department calls "landmark conservation initiatives" was recently announced by Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary, as part of the 2014 Farm Bill.
The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support outdoor recreation activities, and boost the economy.
Vilsack made the announcement at Kuhn Orchards in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania. The farm's owners participate in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Stewardship Program, have worked to encourage pollinator health through planting practices, and used USDA program support to construct a high tunnel.
BG FFA among 'Top 10' in Ohio PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 17 May 2014 08:21
Bowling Green FFA members who received the State FFA degree (from left) are Taylor DeSmith, Mason Apple and Madalyn Fletcher. (Photos courtesy of BG FFA)
The BG FFA Chapter was named a Top 10 Chapter at the 86th Ohio FFA Convention. This award recognizes the top 10 FFA Chapters out of 325 chapters in Ohio.
The chapter also was recognized as a Top 10 Chapter in the areas of Chapter and Student Development as well as a Gold Emblem Chapter (given to the top 30 percent of FFA Chapters in Ohio).
The chapter members submit an application and put together a presentation about the chapter's activities to be included in this elite group.
BG was also recognized on stage for charitable donations to the Ohio FFA Foundation, the Children's Miracle Network and CROP/Church World Services. Three BG FFA officers were recognized among the state's best during one of the convention sessions.
Growers reminded to report delayed crop planting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 17 May 2014 08:11
COLUMBUS - Ohio's Farm Service Agency reminds producers to report the acreage to the local FSA office within 15 days of the final planting date of the crop, when bad weather prevents planting or damages crops. This applies to all crops, whether covered by crop insurance, not covered by insurance, or covered by FSA's Non-insured Assistance Program.
Final planting dates vary among counties and crop types.
Producers who have their crops insured through a private crop insurance company should contact the insurance agent immediately and advise them of the damaged crops. Additionally, for those crops covered under FSA's NAP, producers should immediately contact their local FSA office to report the acres and file a CCC-576, Notice of Loss Application.
USDA restores funding through Farm Bill for its 'Beginning Farmers' effort PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 May 2014 08:13
WASHINGTON - United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of $19 million in funding for beginning farmer training grants through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).
This highly successful initiative, administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, provides competitively awarded grants to academic institutions, state extension services, producer groups, and community organizations to support and train new producers across the country.
"BFRDP is the only federal program exclusively dedicated to training the next generation of farmers and ranchers," says Juli Obudzinski, Senior Policy Specialist with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. "Although the program has only been around for a few years, young farming communities around the country are already seeing real impacts on the ground."
Farm Briefs: 05-13-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:53
Alpacas and wine
HELENA - Alpaca Crossroads, an advertising co-op of Northwest Ohio alpaca farms, invite people to join them at Chateau Tebeau Winery for an afternoon event.
It will be held June 7 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the winery, located at 525 Ohio 635, Helena.
Those attending can taste the wines produced at the winery, have a casual meal and interact with some alpacas. Throughout the afternoon learn more about the "alpaca lifestyle" and the financial benefits of owning alpacas from experienced alpaca breeders.
The event is free and open to the public.
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