Eastwood FFA celebrates a great year PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:39
(From left) Bailey Kruse, Lane Kemner, Jolynn Nissen, Garrett Tuck, Allison Abke, and Logan Browne. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - Those attending the annual Eastwood FFA banquet were treated to a new format for this year's event.
While the Pemberville Legion catered this year's event, for the first time in many years, the banquet was not held at the Legion's banquet center. Those attending ate at the high school's lunch room before moving to the auditorium for the awards presentations.
Retired FFA adviser David Little and Nathan, Nolan and Nick Eckel were recognized with honorary chapter membership. Logan Browne was recognized as the top senior; Lane Kemner and Garrett Tuck were awarded Star Chapter honors, while Jolynn Nissen and Allison Abke were named the Star Greenhand recipients.
Little was the adviser of the Eastwood FFA Chapter from 1978 to 2013. Though his award was announced he was not in attendance and it was announced he will be honored with this award at the 2015 banquet.
The Eckel Family has been supporters of the Eastwood FFA chapter even before the three honorees graduated. Since 2000, the family has donated charcoal every year for the annual chicken barbecue. Each of the men received both their FFA State and American degree honors; Nathan, the eldest Eckel in 2000 and 2001; followed by Nolan in 2002 and in 2004; and the youngest, Nick, in 2007 and 2009.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:45
Ag entrepreneurship focus of ag breakfast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:11
Dr. Ian Blount, Sr. will discuss agribusiness entrepreneurship at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum April 17, from 8 - 9:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation.  
Blount, vice president and COO of Coalescence, LLC, has years of experience in the food and agribusiness industries. He served as director of food service sales at Glory Foods, and was the national account manager for Kahiki Foods, where he was responsible for developing and growing business with club stores like Costco and Walmart.
In 2005, he and his wife started Coalescence, a customer food ingredient and flavor  manufacturing company in Columbus.
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The $10 fee can be paid at the door in check or cash. Walk-ins are welcome but reservation are preferred. For information call 419-535-6000, ext. 100.
Federal disaster assistance program sign-up to begin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:06
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's has announced farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday.
"President Obama and Secretary Vilsack made it a priority to begin enrollment for these programs," said the administrator, Juan M. Garcia. "For farmers and ranchers who have been awaiting disaster assistance, help is on the way."
The Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Enrollment also begins on April 15 for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (and the Tree Assistance Program in 2011, when the programs expired, through 2014.
ODA certified Ohio marketing referendum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:07
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture has certified the results of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Referendum. The referendum, seeking to increase the state checkoff on corn from ½ of a cent to ¾ of a cent per bushel, received enough favorable votes to pass.
A total of 964 votes were certified; 819 votes, or 85 percent of the total, were cast in favor of the referendum and 145 votes, or 15 percent, were opposed to the increase.  Producers were able to vote by absentee ballot, and also in person at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Office, and at OSU Extension offices.
The provisions of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program are defined in section 924 of the Ohio Revised Code. The ODA has the authority through section 924 to oversee state commodity checkoff programs, including administration of the referendum process, budgetary oversight, and authority to assist in establishing new commodity programs.
Elmwood FFA celebrates another fine year PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:07
Award winners at Saturday’s Elmwood FFA banquet included (from left) Mary Ellen Dierksheide, outstanding service award; Amanda Jones, DeKalb award; Ashley Veryser, chapter Queen; Jack Hagemeyer, AgCredit 110 percent; and Steve Casey, honorary degree. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY - Almost a steady stream of Elmwood FFA members crossed the stage Saturday night to be recognized for their achievements over the past year.
The annual banquet was held in the school's auditeria with more than 280 members, family and guests in attendance.
Steve Casey was recognized with the honorary chapter degree, and Mary Ellen Dirksheide was bestowed with the Outstanding Service award. Among the top student awards, Noah Fouty and Luke Hagemeyer were the recipients of the Star Greenhand award; while both Taylor Barndt and Alexis Miller received the Star Chapter Degree award.
Casey's introduction indicated how he has been very helpful to the chapter. That service has included being an officer with the chapter's Alumni group as well as his assistance with the chapter's beef stand at the Wood County fair, the test plot and the summer social.
It was also noted, "Through the years he has always provided training and preparation for the chapter's various mechanical related contest teams."
Casey has also helped the chapter with its toy show, charity work auction and meal preparation for the banquet.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:19
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