Farm
Mulch bags contain less than stated PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:23
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently issued a stop-sale order for all 1.5 cubic foot bags of mulch produced by the Ohio Mulch company before April 6 this year.
Following up on a complaint, the department's Division of Weights and Measures inspectors tested 1.5 cubic foot bags of Ohio Mulch products being offered for retail sale at Speedway, Thornton's and Certified gas stations. ODA inspectors randomly selected 18 bags from three different product lines on March 31, 2014: Absolute Black, Absolute Red and Premium Cypress. Six bags were tested for each product and every bag failed to contain either the stated amount of 1.5 cubic feet or an amount within the maximum allowable variation of 5 percent.  
Inspectors visited the Ohio Mulch manufacturing facility and tested bags being filled. The company indicated a faulty bagging machine was removed and replaced on April 6, 2014. Each of the bags tested at the manufacturing facility were found to either contain the correct amount of product, or to be within maximum allowable variation.
Inspectors also recently began testing other mulch products from Ohio Mulch and other mulch manufacturers.
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Farm Briefs: 05-06-14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:23
Serenity Farm benefit set
LUCKEY - Serenity Farm Equestrian Center will hold its seventh annual 2K/5K family fun walk/run on May 17.
There will be prizes for the first three runners over the finish line in the 5K run. There will also be kids prizes and games at pre-walk time. Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the O-I headquarters, 1 Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg.
Team Thunder, consisting of three mini-therapy horses) will be on hand and will walk with the 2K portion of the event.
There will be free refreshments to all walkers and runners along with one free raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale.
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ODA now accepting specialty crop block grant proposals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:19
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which will provide funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and nursery crops.
Grant funding is provided by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service. The deadline for online grant proposal submissions is June 6, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.  Grants will range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $150,000. In addition, all applicants must provide a minimum match of 25 percent of the requested grant amount.
Project proposals are sought that will advance the long-term economic viability of the state's specialty crop industry while increasing the marketability of specialty crops. Higher rankings will be given to projects that demonstrate profit potential for growers and that could boost employment opportunities in the specialty crop industry.
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'Ag is Cool' creative expressions youth contest announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:19
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced it has begun accepting entries for the 2014 "Agriculture is Cool!" Creative Expressions contest. Ohio children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2013-2014 academic year have until June 6 to capture their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool for their chance to win prizes including tickets to the Ohio State Fair.
"With a growing world population there is even greater demand for food, fiber and renewable resources produced in Ohio, but to maintain our strong agricultural base we need to keep young people involved in agriculture," said ODA Director David T. Daniels.
Continuing, "The "Ag is Cool!" program gives us a way we can help educate children about the value of agriculture and spark an interest in Ohio's top industry."
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Third state team title for Elmwood FFA this spring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:18
Elmwood FFA members have again excelled at the state level. Members recently completed competition in two career development events which resulted in a first place grain merchandising and a third place cooperatives team in the state.
The Grain Merchandising team's event included 27 teams competing to see who possessed the greatest knowledge of grain marketing as contestants completed a 100-question test.  These questions addressed topics such as marketing news, grain marketing strategies, marketing alternatives, and mathematical computations related to grain merchandising.
Meagan Wise led the way for Elmwood with a second place individual ranking out of 195 contestants. Close behind was Megan Hathaway in third. She was followed by Ashley Veryser in eighth, with Dylan Benschoter in ninth.
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