Agriculture briefs – Oct. 5

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FOOD AND FARM INDUSTRY PARTNERS CELEBRATE 2015 SALE OF CHAMPIONS – Representatives from Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau and Event Marketing Strategies gathered at Bob Evans in Defiance Sept. 29 to celebrate a partnership in support of local food, farming, youth development and agriculture education in Ohio.

Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions exhibitor Ashton Dominique and her family were the guests of honor as the partners celebrated the purchase of her Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow at the 2015 Ohio State Fair. It was purchased for $26,000 at a live auction, with $7,000 going to Ashton and the rest going to the fair’s Youth Reserve Program, which benefits contests, scholarships, 4-H, FFA and several other youth programs. Huffman’s Market, unable to attend, was also a partner in the purchase.

“We’re proud to celebrate this local family,” said Ohio Farm Bureau’s Executive Vice President Jack Fisher. “It’s important that we continue to help develop an interest in agriculture for today’s youth and provide the resources they need to succeed.”

OUTSTANDING YOUNG FARMER AWARD ANNOUNCED – Nick and Jessica Dailey of Sardinia have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2015 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The contest is designed to help young farmers strengthen their business skills, develop marketing opportunities and receive recognition for their accomplishments. Contestants are judged on the growth of their farm businesses and involvement in Farm Bureau and their community.

The Daileys won 250 hours free use of an M-series tractor provided by Kubota, a Polaris Ranger provided by Polaris, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and an expense-paid trip to the 2016 American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in Orlando, Fla. in January.

Nick and Jessica farm 1,800 acres of grain crops in Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties. They also own a trucking company.

FIGHT AGAINST TAR LAUNCHED – A new corn disease has been spotted in fields near the Indiana-Ohio border that, while it isn’t a big threat for growers this year, could potentially cause some concern in impacted fields next year.

That is, if the fungus can survive the harsh Midwest winter.

So says Pierce Paul, a corn and small grain Extension specialist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Called tar spot, this corn disease is not only new to Indiana and Illinois, where it was first reported, its appearance is a first in the U.S., Paul said.

While the fungal disease is typically found in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean, tar spot is thought to have been transported to the Midwest earlier this season by Tropical Storm Bill, according to a report from Reuters news service.

NEW OARFC GARDEN WILL HELP STUDY LINKS BETWEEN PLANTS AND HEALTH – The Ohio State University’s Secrest Arboretum has many gardens, but its newest addition stands out for its therapeutic and research value.

Dedicated in mid-September, the Lemmon and Rice Health and Wellness Garden was designed to boost visitors’ sense of well-being and to provide opportunities for research into the impact gardens and nature have on human health.

Located on the Wooster campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the 115-acre arboretum encompasses a variety of demonstration and research plantings that support the state’s horticulture industry and also provide spaces for community engagement and enjoyment.

OARDC is the research arm of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.


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