USDA now accepting grant applications for conservation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:16
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for competitive grants to develop and accelerate conservation approaches and technologies on private agricultural and forest lands.
"Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) have contributed to some of the most pioneering conservation work on America's agricultural and forest lands," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "It's an excellent investment in new conservation technologies and approaches that farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can use to achieve their production and conservation goals."
About $15 million will be made available nationwide by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). State and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, non-governmental and educational organizations, private businesses and individuals are eligible to apply.
Vilsack said priority will be given to applications that relate to nutrient management, energy conservation, soil health, air quality, climate change, wildlife, economics, sociology, environmental markets, food safety, historically underserved groups, or assessments of past CIG projects.
In the 10 years that NRCS has administered the program, grants have helped develop water quality trading markets, demonstrated ways to increase fertilizer water and energy efficiencies, as well as address other resource concerns.
Findlay to host one of six Ohio 'Cover Crop' forums PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:15
COLUMBUS - Farmers, ranchers, researchers, agricultural business operators and conservationists are invited to participate in a forum on cover crops and soil health, hosted by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service at 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Feb. 18, at six different locations in Ohio.
This local session is one of more than 225 forums taking place throughout the country in concert with the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, Nebraska, sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
In addition to providing a venue to discuss local cover crop and soil health opportunities, benefits and barriers, the local forums in Findlay, Owensville, Celina, Newark, Cambridge, and Lancaster, Ohio, will feature live-streaming video of the national conference.  The national conference opening session will feature presentations by Howard G. Buffett of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, NRCS Chief Jason Weller, Ray Gaesser, Farmer and President of the American Soybean Association, and a panel of four leading cover crop and soil health farmers, including Ohio farmer David Brandt.
NRCS State Conservationist Terry Cosby said the local-level forums will provide NRCS and its conservation partners and stakeholders a platform to more fully organize and enable state and local soil health efforts at the grassroots level.
Gleaners honor citizens, make $7K in donations PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 February 2014 10:18
WAYNE - The Portage Center Arbor #725 of the Gleaners met at the Mt. Zion Family Life Center on Jan. 18. This was the organization's seventh Annual Samaritan Dinner where they gave back about $7,000 to different organizations.
Members of the Gleaners look forward to this dinner, where they can learn more about the various non-profit organizations as well as allow those groups to learn more about what the Gleaners do for the community.
The beneficiary for the 2013 check for $750 was given to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio. The organization's Patriotic Activity donation of $100 was also to be used to help an aid to assist in funding his way on a trip. David Chilson from Honor Flight accepted the checks and talked about what is going on with Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio.
Farm Briefs: Gypsy moth session rescheduled PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:15
Areas across Ohio are slated to receive gypsy moth aerial treatments by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in early spring to slow the spread of the destructive insect. Department staff members will host several open houses in treatment areas that will offer attendees the opportunity to speak directly with those who work with the program, learn about the pest, and view maps of treatment areas.
The session for Hancock County has been rescheduled for Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Delaware Twp. Hall, 601 South Main Street, Mt. Blanchard.
Kroger officer to speak at February's Ag breakfast PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 February 2014 09:53
To stay at the top a company has to continually adapt, which often means playing a powerful role in the community, economy and on a social level. Without adapting, companies risk being left behind by competitors.
Mike Thiel, food safety manager, The Kroger Co., will speak on the sustainability strategy for one of the nation's largest grocery chains at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum.
Networking starts at 8 a.m., and the forum begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, located on Ohio 582 west of Ohio 25.
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