Tractor Supply Invites Delaware Vendors to Showcase Goods at Farmers Market


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Delaware, OH – The Tractor Supply store in Delaware is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its Farmers Market on October 7.

Tractor Supply is encouraging crafters and growers with an interest in everything from homemade crafts and candles to baked goods, art and gardening to sign up. To register, vendors can visit TSCEventPartners.com or the Delaware store. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also welcome to register.

“The Farmers Market will be a celebration of the talent and expertise in our community,” said Phil Reiter, vice president of national and local store marketing at Tractor Supply.

By registering, participants will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their goods and services, free of charge, in tented areas near the storefront.

“Whether it’s a side business or a hobby, our customers take pride in what they build, create and grow, and we want to help them share their talents with the community,” said Reiter. “At Tractor Supply, service means more than helping customers save time and money, it means serving our community and supporting our customers’ passions.”

About Tractor Supply Company

Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At July 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,630 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At July 1, 2017, the Company operated 160 Petsense stores in 26 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

USDA, USTR Announce that Vietnam Reopens Market to U.S. DDGS Exports

(WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced that the government of Vietnam has notified the U.S. that it will resume imports of American distillers dried grains (DDGS). In December 2016, Vietnam suspended imports of U.S. DDGS after reported detections of quarantine pests in U.S. shipments. Prior to the suspension, Vietnam was the third-largest market for U.S. DDGS, with exports valued at more than $230 million in 2016. The resolution of this issue also opens the way for corn and wheat shipments, which were restricted due to previous treatment requirements.

DDGS are a co-product of ethanol production and are used as an ingredient to provide protein and energy in animal feed. Between 2007 and 2016, annual U.S. exports of DDGS worldwide grew from $392 million to $2.16 billion.

The DDGS ban is one of several agricultural and other priority issues raised in connection with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Washington in May 2017, where he met with President Trump as well as Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Following the series of meetings, the two governments released a joint statement pledging to work closely together to resolve the DDGS issue.

“This is great news and I am pleased that the U.S. exporters will once again be able to ship DDGS to Vietnam, which is one of the fastest-growing global markets for U.S. agriculture,” said Secretary Perdue. “Expanding markets around the world can only help American agriculture.”

“We welcome the resolution of this issue, which will help in our efforts to balance trade and deepen our trade relations with an important Asia-Pacific partner,” said Ambassador Lighthizer.

Following the suspension, representatives from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) engaged in technical discussions with Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding alternative treatment options that would allow U.S. exports to resume. APHIS and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Federal Grain Inspection Service then partnered with industry to host a delegation of Vietnamese officials to view the U.S. fumigation and export infrastructure. USTR, FAS, and U.S. Embassy officials also met with their counterparts in Vietnam.

The U.S. Government continues to work with Vietnam to address other priority agricultural issues. These include Vietnam’s adoption of Codex Maximum Residue Limits for veterinary drugs, as agreed during Prime Minister Phuc’s May visit, as well as removal of Vietnam’s ban on “white offal.”

Ford and Lincoln vehicle Bonus Cash offer now available to Farm Bureau members

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Ohio Farm Bureau members are now eligible to receive $500 Bonus Cash on new eligible Ford vehicles and $750 Bonus Cash on eligible new Lincoln vehicles. The program applies to the purchase or lease of most 2017 and 2018 Ford and Lincoln models.

“This is a really great deal for Farm Bureau members,” said OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp. “Whether you’re looking at an F-150 or a Continental, these are meaningful savings for our members.”

The offer applies to eligible 2017 and 2018 Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Customers must be an Ohio Farm Bureau member for at least 30 consecutive days. Other program details can be found on the Ohio Farm Bureau website at ofbf.org/savings/ford-lincoln/.

To access the savings, eligible Ohio Farm Bureau members should visit the Ohio Farm Bureau website or fordspecialoffer.com/farmbureau/oh to generate an eCertificate.

“Ford Motor Company remains dedicated to expanding our Farm Bureau association and we are extremely pleased to now include the Ohio Farm Bureau,” Kevin Cour, Director, U.S. Retail Operations said. “Ford continues to support the ever-important sector of agriculture and farming for what it means to those wholly committed to feeding the nation – and the world – in regularly challenged economic and environmental conditions. If we can help this vital group of hard-working Americans to own an F-150, the nation’s best-selling truck for 40 years, our nation’s farmers get equipment that can work as hard as they do.”

“This Ford and Lincoln partnership is a great addition to the many savings programs we offer our members,” Sharp said. Farm Bureau members also enjoy special pricing on farm equipment, insurance and financial services, dining and entertainment, health needs, small business supplies, outdoor clothing, travel and recreation and other products and services.

Visit ofbf.org to join or learn more.

About Ohio Farm Bureau: Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is “Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.”

About Ford Motor Company: Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 202,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.​​

Hartschuhs named Ohio Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture winners

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Greg and Rose Hartschuh of Sycamore have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture.

The Hartschuhs will receive an expense-paid trip to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest during the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in January. They also receive a John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America and a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau.

Rose is a seed adviser, contributes to the family farm and manages their additional family businesses. Greg farms full time, raising corn, soybeans and operating a dairy. The Hartschuhs partnered with two other farm families to revitalize a neglected farm property in Bucyrus, which now offers a farm market in one barn and an event venue in another. They also offer agricultural education activities on their farm.

They have been active in Farm Bureau: Rose has held many offices in the Crawford County Farm Bureau, including president. Greg has been active in the county organization, and together they served on the Ohio Young Agricultural Professionals state committee. They support FFA, 4-H and the Soil and Water Conservation District are are involved in various farm organizations as well as Crossroads Community Church.

Other finalists in the Excellence in Agriculture contest were Jennifer Osterholt of Alexandria and Terry Specht of Johnstown.

Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are 18 to 35, single or married, who farm or work in related industries and are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

To learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau and its Young Ag Professionals program, visit visit experienceyap.com.

Free well water testing available to Farm Bureau members

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Farm Bureau members throughout Ohio can get free nitrate testing of their well water.

Each county Farm Bureau will receive 25 testing kits from Ohio Farm Bureau. They will be available to members who pre-register with their county organization by Sept. 19. Kits are limited to 25 per county and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The testing kits will be sent to Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research for nitrate analysis. Ohio Farm Bureau is paying for the cost of the nitrate analysis, which is $25 per sample. Testing for pesticides and metals is available at an additional cost.

It is recommended that wells be tested if they are more than 20 years old; were dug rather than drilled; are shallow; soil is sandy; a chemical spill happened nearby; or are near cropland, feedlots, landfills or industrial sites.

“It’s the homeowner’s responsibility to test their well water to ensure it’s safe,” said Larry Antosch, OFBF’s senior director of policy development and environmental policy. “More than 750,000 households in Ohio depend on their own well, spring or cistern for their drinking water. We want to provide this service for our members so they have an opportunity to see what’s in their water and take any necessary corrective actions.”

Kits will be available for pickup in October and samples need to be returned before the end of November. Lab results typically take two to three weeks and will be mailed to homeowners.

To preregister, contact your county Farm Bureau at ofbf.org/counties.

This initiative is a part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Water Quality Action Plan, a comprehensive effort to help improve water quality statewide. Other action plan activities include edge-of-field nutrient runoff monitoring and conservation efforts through the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network in northwest Ohio, as well as advocating for legislation that will positively impact the state’s water quality while allowing the business of agriculture to grow.

Hoffman named 2017 Ohio Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Christian Hoffman of Stoutsville has been named winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 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.

Hoffman won 250 hours free use of an M-series tractor provided by Kubota, $1,000 in Grainger merchandise sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and an expense-paid trip to the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. in January where he will participate in the national competition.

Hoffman farms with his parents, raising beef cattle, grains and hogs. He serves on the Fairfield County Farm Bureau board of trustees, has been active in the local Young Agricultural Professionals program and has participated in numerous county and state Farm Bureau events. He also has been active in local and state Cattlemen’s Association activities. He is a member of the Amanda Clearcreek Alumni Association, served on the David Lutheran Church Council and supports the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

Other finalists in the contest were Nicholas and Brandi Anderson of Mechanicsburg and Matthew Vodraska of Doylestown.

The Outstanding Young Farmer contest is a part of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals program. Program participants are ages 18 to 35, single or married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

To learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau and its Young Ag Professionals program, visit experienceyap.com.

Seven Ohioans named to Young Ag Professionals state committee

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee: Luke and Cassandra Dull of Englewood, Nick and Jessica Dailey of Sardinia, Emily Krikke of Greenwich and Bennett and Liza Musselman of Orient.

The seven new committee members will serve two-year terms and help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young professionals to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs.

The Dulls are the fifth generation on the family’s Montgomery County farm where they raise hogs, cattle and grow seed corn and row crops. Both are Montgomery County Farm Bureau members. Luke is manager of Harvest Land Co-op in Verona. He has been involved in several local and state Farm Bureau activities and has participated in Land O’Lakes’ leadership and advocacy training sessions. Cassandra works at Christian Life Center where she is event/marketing, hospitality, curriculum and nursery coordinator. Previously she was a fourth grade teacher in West Carrollton.

The Daileys received Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2015 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The Brown County Farm Bureau members farm 3,400 acres of grain crops in Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties. They also own a small trucking company. Both are Sunday School teachers at Hillsboro Bible Baptist Church. Nick is a member of the Ohio Corn Growers Association and serves as a Franklin Township Trustee. The couple has three children.

Krikke is a Huron County Farm Bureau member and farms with her parents, raising corn, soybeans and hogs. Their farm was honored in 2012 with the Ohio Livestock Coalition Environmental Stewardship Award and the Pork Checkoff’s national Environmental Stewardship Award in 2013. She is a volunteer for the local Farm Bureau, Young Agricultural Professionals, Ohio Pork Council and Akron Children’s Hospital and is a 2010 recipient of the American FFA degree. She is a pediatric registered nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital.

The Musselmans are members of Pickaway County Farm Bureau. Bennett is the county president, a graduate of AgriPOWER Class VIII, chairs the Muhlenberg Township Board of Zoning Appeals, is on the ag committee of the Pickaway Competitiveness Network and is a Pickaway County Farmers club member. He is assistant vice president, agribusiness banker at Heartland Bank in Grove City. Liza is accounting manager at WillowWood and owns a photography business. She is active in Ohio Agri-Women and is a school volunteer. They farm with Bennett’s father and grandfather, raising corn and soybeans. They have two sons.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is open to individuals and couples between the ages of 18-35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.

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