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MADRID, Iowa (AP) — In 43 years of farming, Morey Hill had seen crop-destroying weather, rock-bottom prices, trade fights and surges in government aid, but not until last year had he endured it all in one season.

MAXWELL, Iowa (AP) — Sudden meat shortages last year because of the coronavirus led to millions of dollars in federal grants to help small meat processors expand so the nation could lessen its reliance on giant slaughterhouses to supply grocery stores and restaurants.

BG FFA members have continued to develop leadership skills, provide for the community, and participate in activities and opportunities available to them, in spite of the pandemic.

TONTOGANY — The Otsego FFA Chapter was led by seven officers: President Abby Gase, Vice President Collin Britton, Secretary Macey Thomas, Treasurer Cade Limes, Reporter Courtney Reyome, Sentinel Savannah Hernandez and Student Adviser Cale Green.

PERRYSBURG — FFA members who are enrolled in the agricultural education programs at Penta Career Center experienced many successful initiatives during the first half of the 2020-21 school year.

PEMBERVILLE — Eastwood FFA usually holds the annual FFA Banquet in April. Due to the pandemic, there was no in-person banquet. Instead, elected officers from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years worked alongside adviser Jerry Swartz to create a series of videos announcing the award and schol…

Matthew Oestreich, Wood County auditor, has announced that the 2021 Current Agricultural Use Value renewal forms have been mailed to property owners currently enrolled in the program. Eligible property owners, who are not currently enrolled, may also apply for the program now.

FOSTORIA — AgCredit, one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders for farmers, rural homeowners and agribusiness has announced the recipients of its 2020 Mission Fund.

PEMBERVILLE — The Eastwood FFA Chapter held their annual Greenhand Degree Ceremony for all first year agricultural education students in the Eastwood High School Auditorium on Nov. 4.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved a genetically modified pig for food and medical products, making it the second such animal to get the green light for human consumption. But the company behind it says there are no imminent plans to sell it for meat.

Even though the school year has started off virtual, that hasn’t slowed down the members of the BG FFA. These young people have continued to develop their leadership skills, provide for the community and participate in activities and opportunities available to them.

The Bowling Green FFA chapter has been recognized in the 2020 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization at the Virtual 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct 27-29.

The Chapter Degree is the second of four degrees that can be received by a member of the FFA. Recipients of this award must fulfill several requirements, including having previously received the Greenhand Degree Award.

LIMA — Yields are slightly below average, but recent upticks in grain markets that one area agricultural expert termed “generally unheard of” could make this year’s fall harvest a profitable one for farmers after all.

FOSTORIA – AgCredit, a cooperative lender to 18 counties in northern Ohio, donated more than 6,100 cans of tomato sauce to the West Ohio Food Bank, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio as part of its ongoing corporate mission to help residents…

Farmers harvest corn along Liberty Hi Road just west of Bowling Green over the weekend. Unseasonably warm weather continues through the weekend and into next week.

PEMBERVILLE — In a normal year, the Eastwood FFA holds the annual FFA Banquet during the beginning of April. Due to complications with COVID-19 this year, they could not hold an in-person banquet.

NORTHWOOD – Hirzel Canning Company is proud to announce its Tomato Grower Award winners from the 2019 harvest season. These growers are recognized for their mastery of growing and delivering high quality, fresh tomatoes to Hirzel Canning. The locally grown tomatoes are then processed into a …

Dawson Bushman, with Dowling Stir and Stock 4-H Club, concentrates before entering the show ring Wednesday evening during the junior fair at the Wood County Fairgrounds. 4-H members spent the day and evening showing cattle to a judge. The junior fair concludes this evening.

Carter Foos, with Country Roots 4-H Club, uses forced air to dry his beef feeders Wednesday morning at the Wood County Fair. The junior fair activities continue through Friday.

Kaitlyn Huber balances an egg on a spoon during the “egg and spoon race” at the horse arena during the Wood County Fair Monday afternoon. Equine events continue throughout the week at the fair.

2019 Wood County Junior Fair King Will Gase, left, puts a sash over newly crowned king, Sam Eiben, during the Wood County Junior Fair King and Queen Ceremony on Monday. Eiben comes from Bowling Green High School, by way of the Penta Career Center. He graduated from the Advanced Manufacturing…

The Wood County Senior Fair Board decided on several changes to the 2020 fair, which starts Monday, at a special board meeting on Wednesday. The meeting was called after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine scaled back fair operations on Tuesday.

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REYNOLDSBURG – After increasing reports of Ohio citizens receiving packages of unsolicited seeds in the mail, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is again urging the public to report and submit any unsolicited seed packets to ODA.

After much deliberation and discussion the Quilt Day Committee has decided to cancel Quilt Day at the 2020 Wood County Fair, because of coronavirus.

An agriculture instructor is the guest speak at Thursday’s Northwest Ohio Ag-business Forum, which will be online.

This past week I decided that it was a good time to wash the vinyl siding on my home. While removing the shutters, I came face to face with a somewhat angry wasp.

Smart gardeners know managing water in a home landscape not only conserves water resources, but will also lead to healthy plants. How much water does a home landscape need? The answer is rooted in understanding your garden soil and plants needs at various stages during their life cycle.

TONTOGANY — The Otsego Penta FFA Chapter recently held its 57th Annual FFA Banquet virtually. The banquet recognized members for their accomplishments throughout the year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A soil scientist whose research led to improved food production and a better understanding of how atmospheric carbon can be held in the soil to help combat climate change was named this year's recipient of the World Food Prize on Thursday.