October is “Agriculture Month”


Sunbury News Staff



COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced October as “Agriculture Month.” Throughout the month, the Ohio Business Profile program will highlight various aspects of our state’s agriculture industry.

Approximately one in seven Ohio jobs are supported by the agriculture, generating nearly $105 billion annually. These agribusinesses range from family owned farms to major food processing plants.

“With more than 1,300 family-owned farms that have existed for over a century, agriculture has long been a cornerstone of our state’s economy,” said Secretary Husted. “By embracing bioscience and other innovations, we can ensure that Ohio remains on the cutting edge of breakthroughs to support this industry and its job creators.”

Companies profiled this month include:

Burnt Toast Farms (Paris Township, Ohio) has biodynamic cut flowers, heirloom and alpacas. With a 20 acre, bio-diverse property, the location doubles as both a working farm, and distinct event venue and destination.

Gorman Heritage Farm (Evendale, Ohio) has been an educational, nonprofit organization for 20 years. They provide educational opportunities through initiatives such as school field trips, day camps and workshops.

Mennel (Fostoria, Ohio) started in 1886 and currently has over 500 employees. They started in the flour milling industry, but have grown to include other products such as popcorn and bakery mix.

Patterson Fruit Farm (Chesterland, Ohio) welcomes customers year round to enjoy many locally grown and made products like fresh produce, syrup from their maple woods, and donuts and freshly baked pies from their onsite bakery.

Rustic Brew Farm (Marysville, Ohio) is a fourth generation, family-owned, corn and soybean farm. The entire family is passionate about what they do and hope to bring quality brewing ingredients to brewers for years to come.

Tiger Mushroom Farms (Blacklick, Ohio) is a family-run farm that specializes in a variety of mushrooms. Tiger Mushrooms Farms started when 7 year old Te’Lario Watkins II developed a passion for growing plants after participating in a Cub Scout project.

From 2010 to 2016, Ohio saw a 30.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses, and 2016 marked the seventh-consecutive record-breaking year for new businesses in the state.

Since taking office in 2011, Secretary Husted has made it a priority to offer better services to Ohio entrepreneurs and businesses at a lower cost. In 2013, he launched Ohio Business Central, which allows businesses to be created online with a significantly quicker turnaround time. This efficiency allowed the state to cut the fees associated with starting a new business by 21 percent in 2015. That same year, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program making it easy for new businesses to access free tools to help them get off the ground.

Ohio Business Profile was launched in 2011 to highlight Ohio companies that create transforming products, offer outstanding service, contribute to their local communities and employ Ohioans. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website. Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

OOGEEP Touts Benefits of Modern Energy During National Energy Awareness Month

October is National Energy Awareness Month

GRANVILLE, OH – The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program is recognizing October’s National Energy Awareness Month by highlighting the indispensability of petroleum-based products to the high quality of life enjoyed by many Americans.

Throughout October, OOGEEP’s efforts will emphasize how crude oil and natural gas based products have transformed modern life and enabled significant advancements in safety, health, transportation and overall quality of life.

“National Energy Awareness Month has special significance in Ohio due to the enormous impact of our state’s oil and natural gas industry,” said OOGEEP Executive Director Rhonda Reda. “We look forward to discussing the amazing advancements our society has made thanks to the innovative contributions of this industry.”

OOGEEP will engage Ohioans through educational programing, media outreach and social media.

Elementary, middle school and high school science teachers across Ohio have been invited to participate in OOGEEP-sponsored challenges and other educational activities designed to supplement STEM classroom learning.

Ohioans wishing to test their energy knowledge can take the online Olympic Energy Challenge Quiz.

Over 6,000 products are made from refined crude oil and natural gas. These include:

  • Cosmetics such as soaps, cleansing creams, toothpaste, shampoo, hair spray, lotion, cologne, baby oil, lipstick, lip balm, nail polish, hand cream, shaving cream and suntan lotion;
  • Plastics used in sporting equipment, storage containers, toys, toothbrushes and artificial hearts;
  • Medicines such as aspirin, antihistamines, Vaseline, alcohol, antibiotics and antiseptics;
  • Synthetic fabrics such as nylon, polyester, spandex and popular Dri-Fit athletic clothing;
  • Synthetic rubber used in gloves, shoes, boots, tires, hoses, belts and balloons;
  • Carbon black used in paints, ink, cements, batteries, televisions, radios and computers; and
  • Waxes used to make candy, gum, candles, crayons and soap.

“Our nation is safer and healthier because of these products and our quality of life has never been higher,” said Reda. “And, for over 150 years, this industry has been a reliable economic engine moving our state forward.”

The U.S. Department of Energy designated October as National Energy Awareness Month in an effort to emphasize the importance of energy and energy production to U.S. national economic prosperity, security and quality of life.

OOGEEP is a non-profit statewide education and public outreach program. Created in 1998, OOGEEP provides a variety of programs throughout the State of Ohio. These programs primarily focus on teacher workshops, scholarships, science fair, firefighter training, industry training, career and workforce development, research, landowner and guest speaker programs.

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