ODA awards funds to Ohio FFA PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:18
REYNOLDSBURG - On Thursday the Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presented a check for $38,000 to the Ohio FFA Association during its state FFA Convention. The funding, provided by the Ohio Rural Rehabilitation fund, will support the 2014 Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program (ARCOP).
Jointly administered by the Ohio FFA Foundation, Ohio FFA Association and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the ARCOP helps local FFA chapters finance worthy community development projects.
"We are proud to support a program that allows students to participate in local development projects, teaching them the value of giving back to their communities while gaining experience as agricultural leaders," said Daniels.  "It's an experience we hope that keeps youth interested and involved in the agriculture industry as they look towards future careers."
Breakfast forum to focus on composting PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 May 2014 08:17
HASKINS - Composting will be the primary focus of the May Northwest Ohio Ag-Business breakfast forum.
The forum will be May 15 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, located on Ohio 582.
Sharon Barnes, vice president, Barnes Nursery Inc., will discuss composting and horticultural techniques.
Barnes has worked at the Sandusky-based nursery for the past 34 years.
For more than two decades, she has worked exclusively in the research, development and operations of Barnes Regional Composting Facility. Projects have included site development, equipment procurement, end product development and feedstock permitting projects.
Those attending can learn techniques associated with composting correctly.
The cost is $10 per person payable at the door. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by emailing: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or calling 419-535-6000, ext. 100.
Learning about horses in 4-H PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:35
Sarah Pagel tends to her horse Moon at Grassy Creek Farm Riding Stable in Perrysburg, Ohio. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Since its founding in 1971, the Rough Riders 4-H Club has been a part of the lives of Sharon Kahle and her sister, Sheila McMillen. They were charter members when it started with Kahle getting her first horse at that time.
She said the original adviser, Melody Schweizer, helped teach the sisters all about riding and care of horses. Just a few years later (1978-79) Kahle and McMillen took over the club and have been advisers since. Their daughters are also advisers for the club which has more than 30 members currently and has had as many as 45.
Kahle is now providing the same guidance she received for others, including Sarah Pagel, a 10-year old who is in her third year in the club.
"It's really a good experience being super competitive and learning jumping," Sarah said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:34
4-H News: 05-03-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 May 2014 08:01
Jackson Livestock
Jackson Livestock 4-H Club held a meeting on April 6 at the Ohio State farm research building.
During the meeting, Matt and Monica Davis taught quality assurance to the members and also taught how to read an ear notch on animals. Advisers also talked on sportsmanship and what to do when you are in the show arena and how to show good sportsmanship. The Crawford and Wenzinger families will have recycling today.
The next meeting will be held Sunday.
Top Shots
The Wood County Top Shots Shooting Sports Club met on April 15 at the Fraternal Order of Police Building. A guest speaker, Paul Brooks from the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, presented a hunting and a fishing program.
Officers were elected with Seth Pullins chosen as president; Zach Bozigar vice president; Lucy Pullins, secretary; Lucy Moore, treasurer, and Tyler Farrell, health and safety.
Crazy for horses PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:11
Jonelle Nissen (right) leads her horse Meatloaf in an arena at Nissen Quarter Horse Farm in Luckey, Ohio. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
From 4-H clubs and pleasure riding stables, therapy treatment to thoroughbred racing, the horse industry in Wood County is prolific and diverse.
There are at least eight 4-H clubs which operate with a focus on the animals; there are a minimum of three therapeutic equine businesses or non-profit organizations and a vast number of barns and farms filled with the majestic animals.
"Wood County has one of the biggest horse programs in Ohio," said Jonelle Nissen, a junior at Eastwood High School, where she is also involved in the FFA program.
She was born into the equine business and thoroughly enjoys it. She has two horses which she regularly rides for the Horses R Us 4-H Club. Her younger sisters, Jolynn, a freshman and Jonna in seventh grade, are also active with two horses of their own.
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