AG News Archives for 2013-10

Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association To Conduct Farm Tour


 
Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County – The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association will be touring three sheep farms and two sheep industry related locations as part of the annual Hardin County Sheep Management Tour being held October 26-27. A group of 25 active and retired sheep 
producers will be making stops in Hancock County, Holmes County, and Marion County to learn about best sheep production approved practices. They will also be hearing about new or different philosophies of raising and marketing sheep and wool. An emphasis on the trip will be innovative and 
interesting ideas which help in the management of day-to-day production chores as well as finding improved ways of accomplishing tasks. 
 
The group will meet at a restaurant for breakfast to go over the weekend’s plans, and then visit the University of Findlay Animal Sciences Center. This new facility is used to teach students livestock production management practices as well as instruct pre-veterinary students. The group will then travel to Holmes County to tour the Mt. Hope Auction. This auction is a major sheep market for Ohio producers who are looking for steady stream of buyers and sellers to maximize their operation’s profits. 
 
The group will then stop at a Holmes County Dorset sheep farm which conducts its own pregnancy tests and practices sound record keeping. They will enjoy Amish home cooking and hospitality in-between stops as part of the tour. 

Annual Keep Hardin County Beautiful Banquet Held


The 22nd annual Keep Hardin County Beautiful Banquet was held Tuesday night at the Kenton First United Methodist Church. Becky Stevenson Program Manager made introduction and Jane Furbush, program chair, welcomed all in attendance. Dinner was served by the women of the First United Methodist Church.

 

A special presentation was given by Marti Kolb from the Ohio EPA to Linda Wuethrich for her twenty one years of service and dedication to the Keep Hardin County Beautiful of Hardin County.

 

July residential garden beautification award winners were Kyle and Holly Ulrich and Steve and Carol Matteson. The July business winner was Kenton Station Villas. The August residential winners were Mike and Brenda Cramber and Robert and Stephanie Temple.

 

Keep Hardin County Beautiful Commission memeber Kay Kline announced the Candy Cane Tour which will be held Sunday, December 1st, 2013 from 1-6pm. Tickets may be purchased from any commission member or by calling 419-674-2216. Tours will be at the homes of Kay and Ed Steiner, Roberta Flinn, Dave Faulkner,  Andrea and Nathan Brooks as well as New Leaf Garden Center and the Hardin County Armory.

Terrill making strides as Kenton High Ag Advisor


New Kenton-OHP Ag Educator Shalie Terrill.
 
 
The new Agriculture Education teacher at Kenton High School is making strides in the school and community. Shalie Terrill was hired last summer as the new Agriculture Education Instructor and FFA Advisor in Kenton, and since taking over, has made significant progress in the program at Kenton. Terrill spoke with WKTN Radio about some of the changes that the modern Agriculture Education program has gone through even in the last ten years.
 
“The curriculum has definitely changed, in Ag Education. Two years ago they adopted a whole new curriculum. So courses are a little bit different…the benefit of that, from a teacher’s perspective is that the students can get a lot more in depth on a particular subject. They can choose the course that best fits their wants or needs, and strengths. There’s still many of the same concepts. We’re still teaching problem solving, critical thinking, many of the same things that we did in high school, but perhaps in a different way. I think that it prepares students a bit better, for if they choose to follow up in college or in the field because they’ll know a bit more than just the basics” said Terrill.
 
No stranger to Ag Education or FFA, Terrill was a member of the Ag program at Ben Logan High School in the mid 2000’s, where she had many projects throughout her years, showing Market Lambs, Hogs and Cattle at the Hardin County Fair. In 2007, Terrill was selected to serve on the State FFA Officer Team as the State Treasurer, where she traveled all around the state promoting FFA and Agriculture Education. While serving on the state officer team, Terrill also attended classes at the Ohio State University where she majored in Ag Education. Having graduated from OSU, Terrill worked in the Xenia School District for a couple of years before coming to Kenton.
 
“I feel very privileged to have had the experience in FFA and Ag Education first as a student, and then as a State Officer, and now finally as an Advisor, and to be able to come back to my area, while not necessarily my home community but one near to me, it has been really neat to have that experience.” said Terrill.
 
Terrill at work in the classroom. Ag Science covers a wide variety of topics these days, from Ag Business and Communication to Animal Science and Plant Science.
 
 
Several years ago, the Kenton Ag Education Program and FFA were outsourced to the Ohio High Point Career Center, a decision which while saving the Kenton School District significant finances, was met with minor opposition from members of the Kenton community, primarily former students of the program. In the years since, the program has been opened to a wide variety of resources, which Terrill says are a huge benefit to the program in ways that never could have happened before.
 
“There are actually a surprising number of Ag programs in the state of Ohio which are satellite programs of career centers. With school funding being the way it is today, that’s just something that districts have to resort to. But it’s not a bad thing. We have a lot of resources in our classes that we wouldn’t be able to potentially have if not for the partnership with Ohio Hi Point. For example, we are able to provide laptops for all of our students to use. Record keeping is all on the computer these days, and no in physical books like we used to use, so we can provide all of our students with tools that they need to do their work” said Terrill.
 
Ohio Hi Point has also partnered with several other school districts to provide resources as well, and Terrill said that this partnership among other schools is a huge benefit because it allows them to all share resources.
 
“Right now, one of things discussed was us getting a virtual welder. That’s something that we can share amongst all the programs. The reality of one program being able to afford something like that is pretty slim. But when you have pooled resources like that, it really does help for large equipment purchases.” said Terrill.
 
Kenton FFA Chapter members in the Homecoming Parade this year.
 
Terrill started at the beginning of July, meeting with students and getting to know them and their families, and because the FFA was in the middle of the summer work season, also seeing what kind of projects the students were working on. Terrill says that she has found it gratifying to be working in such a robust agriculture community.
 
“It’s been pleasantly surprising how much support there is for this program. I think this community wants a strong Ag program, and they want their students to get the most out of it. It’s why I came into this profession. I experienced it as a student, and a state officer. I clearly got a lot out of it. I think it shaped me into the person I am today, and I would hate for some other student to not have that same experience.” said Terrill.
 

State Regulations for Antler-less Muzzleloading Deer Hunting


Due to some confusion, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released the following information for hunters to be aware of when muzzleloading this year.
 
 
The new antlerless-only deer muzzleloader season is Oct. 12-13
 
It is legal to hunt antlerless deer statewide with a muzzleloader or bow during the two-day season.
 
No bucks may be harvested regardless of hunting implement.
 
All hunters are required to wear a vest, coat, jacket or coveralls that are either solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange.
 
Hunters will be able to use antlerless permits and either-sex permits during the two-day season.
 
Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
 
This muzzleloader hunt encourages early antlerless harvest. Reducing the deer population early in the hunting season means that more resources will be available for the surviving herd later in the winter. 
 
Harvesting does early should make for a more intense rut by encouraging buck movement

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