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Farm pesticide disposal

REYNOLDSBURG (Jul. 11, 2017) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds (entrance off U.S. 23), 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware.

The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.

Insure commodities you have not insured before

Farmers and ranchers, have you heard of Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP)?

WFRP is a crop insurance plan that allows a farmer or rancher to insure the revenue for their operation in its entirety. The program is available in all counties nationwide. You can utilize WFRP as your sole source of crop insurance or with other federal crop insurance policies.

The majority of crop insurance in the United States covers just four crops: corn, beans, wheat, and cotton. For producers of other commodities — such as organic oats or pumpkins — insurance coverage has been limited. Diversified producers have struggled to find policies that cover certain crops in the past, but WFRP may be a viable solution today.

Owners of diversified operations can use WFRP in combination with other crop insurance products or as a standalone plan. It allows farmers and ranchers to insure commodities they couldn’t insure before – small grains crop, livestock, even fruits and vegetables – as long as there is a history of revenue.

Do you have questions about WFRP, or want to share your experience with us? Now is the time to learn more about the program and find out if it is the right fit for your operation. Producers deserve to know what risk management protection options are available. Give us a call at 402-687-2100.

Quarantine expands into a section of the East Fork Wildlife Area

Columbus (Jul. 10, 2017) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) announced the addition of 576 acres of the East Fork Wildlife Area to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) quarantine zone in Clermont County. The addition increases the total square miles regulated for the beetle to 62 square miles, up from 61 square miles. The movement of hardwood logs, firewood, stumps, roots and branches within these regulated areas is prohibited.

The quarantine expansion is the result of newly discovered infested trees found in late 2016 within the Williamsburg Township portion of the East Fork Wildlife Area, south of Clover Road. ODA and USDA APHIS tree inspection crews surveyed trees in the area, and infested and high-risk tree removals are occurring as part of the ALB eradication effort. A map of the regulated area can be found here.

East Fork Wildlife Area consists of 2,705 acres that are managed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife for public hunting and fishing in southwestern Ohio. It is unlawful for any person to remove wood from a wildlife area without first obtaining approval.

Adult ALBs are large, shiny black insects measuring 1 to 1 ½ inches long, not including antennae, with random white spots. Their white-banded antennae can be as long as the body itself on females and almost twice the body length on males.

Signs of infestation include perfectly round exit holes (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter) made by adult beetles when they emerge from trees; pockmarks on tree trunks and branches where female beetles deposit eggs; frass (wood shavings and saw dust) produced by larvae feeding and tunneling; early fall coloration of leaves or dead branches; and running sap produced by the tree at the egg laying sites or in response to larval tunneling. The beetle will infest various common trees in Ohio, including all species of maple, buckeye, willow and elm.

To report signs or symptoms of ALB, call the Ohio ALB Eradication Program Office at 513-381-7180 or report online at asianlonghornedbeetle.com.

YOU’RE INVITED TO A BENEFIT IN THE BARN

Enjoy a celebration of agriculture and music with proceeds benefiting partners of the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. Your ticket includes a special performance by the Central Ohio Symphony plus dinner catered by City Barbeque, cash bar featuring Ohio Craft Beer, Wine and Spirits!

To purchase your tickets online, visit: BenefitInTheBarn.org.

For additional assistance regarding ticket purchases, please call the United Way of Delaware county at (614) 436-8929.

Questions about the event? Call Delaware County Farm Bureau at (740) 363-1613.

LAST CALL! OHIO STATE FAIR VOLUNTEERS

The 2017 Ohio State Fair is around the corner and the Ohio Pork Council is still in need of volunteers. With educational booths in the Land and Living display, and the delicious pork stand in the Taste of Ohio Cafe, we need as many individuals to help as possible.

If you’d like to volunteer at the Ohio State Fair, please email Emily Bir at ebir@ohiopork.org.

OHIO AG HALL OF FAME CELEBRATION

The Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame each year recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals to agriculture in the state of Ohio. This year’s inductees include: Dwight B. Beougher, James J. Buchy, Opal Holfinger and Virgil Strickler. Inductions will be held during the 52nd annual breakfast on Friday, August 4, 2017.

If you’d like join us at the OPC table in honoring this year’s winners, please email Cheryl at cneff@ohiopork.org no later than July 19, 2017.

Ohio Poultry Association Seeks Nominations for American Egg Board

COLUMBUS (July 5, 2017) – The Ohio Poultry Association (OPA) is now accepting suggestions for nominations to serve on the 2018-2019 American Egg Board (AEB), which is U.S. egg farmer’s link to consumers in communicating the value of the incredible egg. Members serve two-year terms on the national board.

“Members and alternate board members serve a vital role in overseeing and carrying out AEB’s mission to increase demand for egg and egg products on behalf of U.S. egg farmers,” said Jim Chakeres, OPA executive vice president. “It is an honor to serve with other professionals on a national level to guide the egg community and further our commitment to provide safe, wholesome eggs to Ohioans and the world.”

To be eligible for nomination, persons must be producers or representatives of producers and they must own 75,000 or more laying hens. Producers who own less than 75,000 hens are eligible provided they have not applied for exemption and are paying assessments to AEB. Minorities and underserved populations, who meet the requirements, are encouraged to participate.

The Board is appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and consists of 18 members and 18 alternates from all regions of the country who are egg farmers nominated by certified state and regional organizations representing egg farmers. Members and alternates may not serve more than three consecutive two-year terms in their current position.

All nominations should be submitted to OPA at info@ohiopoultry.org.

Ohio is one of the largest egg farming states in the nation, producing more than 9 billion eggs each year, with a value of more than $1.2 billion. Ohio egg farmers make egg safety a top priority and are proud to provide Ohioans with high-quality eggs.

For more information about Ohio’s egg farms, visit www.ohioeggs.com.

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