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On Sept. 14, Kayla Wyse and Madeleine Wixom traveled to West Springfield, Massachusetts. During their trip, they visited the Big E, where Wyse presented her agriscience fair project at the competition during the Big E.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thousands of FFA members from throughout the country converged on Washington, D.C. this summer to evaluate their personal skills and interests, develop leadership talent and create service plans that will make a difference in their communities.

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The County Line Livestock 4-H Club met recently at Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Okolona. During this meeting, with the help of Todd Behnfeldt, the club planted a blooming pear tree to add to the beautiful landscape of the church and to celebrate the Earth. Pictured are the County Line Live…

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L.C. Central Station’s final meeting was held Aug. 5. It was the club’s family night, where the families enjoyed healthy snacks and fun games. At the short meeting, fair topics were discussed and state fair participants were recognized. The L.C. Central Station would like to thank the hardwo…

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On May 30, the Buckeye Kids 4-H Club went on their club tour to the Water Treatment Plant in Napoleon. Pictured are (front, from left) Taylor Hendrix, Mackenzie Spring, Alexa Duryea, Addi Crossland, Carmen Campos, Ava Hockenberry, (back, from left) Matthew Deblin, Luke Hardy, Miranda Bachman…

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The Town and Country 4-H Club will be wrapping up the year with one last meeting Sunday at 1:30 p.m. This meeting is for officers only. Please bring your completed officer books. The meeting will take place at the First Church of Christ in Napoleon. Also, there will be a discussion for any s…

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WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $345.5 million in 20 infrastructural projects to improve rural electric service in 14 states, including Ohio.

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On April 8, the Henry County Sharpshooters picked up trash south of the Maumee River. The club cleaned seven miles with the help of the 25 members of the 4-H club. They picked up 32 garbage bags of roadside trash. In addition to helping the community, they learn to shoot pistols, rifles, bow…

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On Aug. 5, during family night, the Henry County Sharpshooters 4-H Club held a competition called Top Shot to determine which club member has the greatest skill in all the disciplines, which are rifle, archery, pistol and shotgun. The winners for the 2018 Top Shot Competition best overall in…

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Chloe, Callie, Will and their parents Mark and Janet Seedorf invited the Marion Express and Holgate Hustlers 4-H clubs to a tour of Sunnyville Farms, their 110 cow dairy farm.

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The Grelton Bluebirds recently held its annual Family Night at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The club members each introduced their guests and reported on the grade they received on their 4-H project. Those that attended judging at the state level were recognized. The club discussed setting …

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The last meeting before fair of the Marion Express 4-H Club was held July 30 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was held at the Seedorf Family Farm for a tour and family night. There were some important dates mentioned during the meeting. The Henry County Fair is today through Aug. 16. Fair passes wer…

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On Sunday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m., the Town and Country 4-H Club held its Family Day potluck. It was at the First Church of Christ in Napoleon. The club got to enjoy good food and play fun games with family and friends. The ninth meeting of the club followed and the members voted in favor of r…

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Teach kids to stay calm and stay put if they are separated from parents or caregivers. Knowing what to do in this scary situation will help prevent a lost child from panicking, and help safety officials locate them faster.

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The last meeting before fair of the Marion Express 4-H Club was held Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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Use these easy tips to avoid bug bites, sunburn and other pesky problems. And get out there!

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The Grelton Bluebirds and Prize Livestock group recently helped out at Malinta Fest. They had approximately 18 club members help manage the air rides. Despite the hot day, many kids turned out to enjoy Malinta Fest activities. The club committee also decided to make a chicken bingo activity.…

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Zoe Bullano, vice president of the Pettisville Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter, attended the National FCCLA Conference in Atlanta from June 28 through July 3. She competed in the Fashion Construction event and received a silver medal for her project. Bullano u…

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The seventh meeting of the Marion Express 4-H Club was held on July 8, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Hamler.

Garth Ruff is the agriculture and natural resources extension educator at The Ohio State University Henry County Extension.

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The middle of October is typically one of the busiest times of the year for all involved in agriculture. It is the time to harvest crops, wean calves, breed ewes and cut firewood for the coming cooler weather. In addition, this is the time to work on planning for the farm enterprise in 2019,…

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This past weekend was about as nice as they get. With the nice, dry weather, there was an opportunity for farmers, mostly in the southern parts of the county, to get in the field to harvest soybeans and plant some wheat. I suspect if the weather remains decent, the dust clouds will really be…

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Fall is here officially, and the drop in temperature certainly seems to confirm so. For the first time since spring, I threw a jacket in the truck, just in case the wind decided to blow. It would be nice for things to dry out so the crops can continue to mature, for a somewhat timely harvest…

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Over the weekend I finally got caught up on a little bit of lawn work. With these above average temperatures and ample moisture, the grass is growing rather quickly for this time of year. Remember: we should be mowing at a height that is an inch to an inch and a half higher than your summer …

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From hot and steamy to cool and soggy, the weather sure changed rapidly over the weekend, almost as to announce fall is here. Earlier planted crops began to turn with last week’s heat. However, from what my colleagues are reporting, we here in far northwest Ohio are a couple of weeks behind …

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Good Thursday morning. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend. I certainly did, as I was able to venture down to the Morgan County Fair and take in some familiar sights and sounds while getting to catch up with friends and family. My dad and grandmother are both on the fair board…

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In college, I took to playing fantasy football with some fraternity brothers for fun, and I continue to do so. This past weekend, we had our fantasy draft, which is always entertaining. Everybody has a different strategy as to how they assemble their team. I prefer to go after a combination …

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As we work to get things back in order from the county fair, it sure feels like autumn is rapidly approaching. Earlier this week while taking the long way to work, I noticed vegetables were being harvested for production at Campbell’s, which means harvest for agronomic crops will be here bef…

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As if on cue, we got a couple of nice rains during the fair, but it sure seemed to dry up pretty quickly. Even though the moisture didn’t do much for settling the dust on the fairground, it should sure help the soybean crop as pods fill across the county. I have also heard of some isolated i…

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The county fair opens today and, back where I’m from, you can almost guarantee a good rain to drop in during the fair. In this week’s C.O.R.N. Newsletter, Jim Noel of the National Weather Service suggests it very well could rain during the fair and that we may be in store for “at least one g…

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We were fortunate to get a nice rain shower yesterday as we were heading into the beginning phases of drought conditions, especially in the northern part of the county. As crops are in the early to mid reproductive stages, any precipitation received should have a positive effect on grain fil…

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Well it is that time of the year, where things are a bit slow in the office prior to the local county fairs and harvest here in northwest Ohio. For me, this is a good time to work on presentations for fall programs, in addition to continuing to monitor on-farm research plots and crop conditi…

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In the past week, I have had multiple conversation with colleagues, clientele and stakeholders about the recent developments regarding water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Even though the vast majority of Henry County was not included in the eight named watersheds, my message at thi…

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The Ohio State University (OSU) Henry County Extension has recently been monitoring insects in field crops more closely, led by the office's Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Garth Ruff.

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ST. LOUIS – In response to the recent announcement regarding U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, the American Soybean Association (ASA), the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the United Soybean Board (USB) have expressed their opposition.

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WORTHINGTON - The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) applauded the recent passage by the Ohio Senate of Senate Bill (SB) 299, bipartisan legislation that would invest $20 million in farm equipment and other initiatives to help farmers reduce …

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COLUMBUS — Protecting landowners from state eminent domain laws is the goal of an Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) legal brief recently submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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WORTHINGTON — The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) denounced the White House’s decision to impose a 25-percent tariff on $50 billion in Chinese products, which China has said it will answer with a retaliatory 25-percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans.

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WORTHINGTON – The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) and the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) recently endorsed Ohio Senate Bill 229 and Ohio House Bill 634, bipartisan legislation which would invest significant new resources to protect water quality throughout the state.

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ARCHBOLD – From making butter, meeting baby animals and playing old-fashioned games to watching sheep shearing, soap making and herding demonstrations, Spring on the Farm welcomes families to Sauder Village Saturday, May 12.

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COLUMBUS — State Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) recently announced the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting proposals for the 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant program, which will provide funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, …

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REYNOLDSBURG – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting proposals for the 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG), which will provide funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and nursery crops.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the Small Business Administration (SBA), recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the SBA to promote stronger businesses and a…

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REYNOLDSBURG – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting nominations to honor Ohio farm families who are leaders in conservation for the 2018 Conservation Farm Family Awards. The Conservation Farm Family Award program has recognized Ohio farm families since 1984 for their efforts…

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COLUMBUS – Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment is reminding Ohio farmers the deadline to purchase or modify certain insurance coverage for most spring-planted crops is today.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently applauded Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for her announcement of an additional 90-day extension of the agriculture exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.

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REYNOLDSBURG – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) recently announced a new partnership with FieldWatch, Inc. to introduce a new sensitive-crop registry that will enhance communication between applicators and producers in Ohio.

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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension expert said residential poultry producers should take precautions against salmonella exposure after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the highest number of cases linked to live poultry on record.

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COLUMBUS – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Dave Hall recently announced USDA invested more than $71 million of funding in fiscal year 2017 for nearly 30 projects that provide essential services to thousands of rural Ohioans.

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Mike Tobe (right) looks at the Wenzinger Farms’ exhibit, run by Gerry Wenzinger (left), at the 2018 Corn and Soybean Day in Archbold Friday.

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REYNOLDSBURG – Thirty-six individuals were recently recognized by the Ohio Department of Agriculture for outstanding service to their local fairs, including one man from Henry County.

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REYNOLDSBURG — In 2017, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 125 new century, sesquicentennial or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100, 150 or 200 consecutive years. Nearly 1,500 farms are now registered across the state in the Ohio Historic Family Farms program.

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The Patrick Henry Board of Education Monday recognized students for receiving American FFA degrees. Pictured are (from left) Rex Tietje, Erynn Williams, Michael Schmenk and teacher Abby Readshaw.