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.
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.
Some Ohio pigs found with virus PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:32
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture is informing pork producers and veterinarians that a new coronavirus has been detected in pig fecal samples from four different swine farms in Ohio by Dr. Yan Zhang, a virologist from ODA's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory . The virus cannot spread to humans or other species and poses no risk to food safety.
The farms from which the samples were taken experienced outbreaks of a diarrheal disease in sows and piglets in January and early February of 2014. The clinical signs of the disease were similar to that of porcine epidemic diarrhea and transmissible gastroenteritis , which are both caused by coronaviruses. Electro-nmicropy of fecal samples from the four farms showed the presence of coronavirus-like viral particles. In one of the four farms, polymerase chain reaction  tests for TGE viruses and PED viruses currently circulating in the U.S. were negative, but all 10 samples were positive for a new virus. PED and the new virus were detected in fecal samples from the other three farms.
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.
Farm Briefs: 01-15-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:31
Tillage conference planned
The "Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference" is set to be held March 4 - 5.
The early registration deadline is Friday. Those wishing to register may do so online at or print and mail in with check payment.
The CTC is an annual two-day educational program with around 60 speakers in concurrent sessions.  It is located at the McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University, Ada.
Dwayne Beck, manager of Dakota Lakes research farm will speak on "Healthy Soil, We Know One When We See One."  
Certified Crop Advisor credits are available for all sessions which include: Corn University, Soybean School, Cover Crops, Advanced Scouting, Nutrient Management, Soil & Water Quality, Precision Farming, and Soil Quality.  
For more information contact the Wood County Extension office at 419-354-9050.
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