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Local women graduate from Ohio Farm Bureau leadership program

Megan Lezzer of Wooster and Candace Lease of Apple Creek recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute Class IX.

Workshop targets those new to beekeeping

Aaron Weaver, a Wayne County beekeeper, has been keeping bees for eight years, a sort of tradition among his family, and those who are interested in learning more about beekeeping will enjoy the workshop hosted by Lehman's in Kidron.

Area Farm Bureaus to host informational meeting

The Ashland, Holmes, Knox, Richland and Wayne County Farm Bureaus will host an informational meeting about oil and gas leases.

Good agricultural practices class at Local Roots

Anyone interested in the best practices for growing produce locally is invited to sign up for an upcoming Ohio State University class to be held in downtown Wooster at Local Roots Market and Cafe.

Revised label and new training required before use in 2018

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers of revised labels and new training requirements for applicators who intend to use dicamba herbicide products this year.

Cover crop the topic of choice at upcoming SWCD meeting

Holmes, Coshocton, Wayne and Tuscarawas Soil and Water Conservation districts will host a soil health meeting about cover crops planning systems on farms at the Holmes County Library.

SCHS hosts Smithville Grange program

Smithville Community Historical Society will hold its general meeting at the Historic Church of God on Milton Street.

Ohio Historic Family Farms program list continues to grow

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.

Master Gardener training to be offered

Secrest Arboretum, located on the Wooster campus of the Ohio State University, will offer Master Gardener Volunteer training.

Mid-Ohio Growers meeting is a chance to meet, educate and share ideas

Now in its sixth year, the Mid-Ohio Growers meeting will be an all-inclusive event for those involved in vegetable, fruit and flower production.

Local cooperative helping plain communities to preserve agricultural heritage

Founded in 2003, Green Field Farms, located between Fredericksburg and Wooster, is a local farming cooperative that is doing much to help preserve the farming lifestyle for plain communities in Wayne and Holmes counties as well as elsewhere in Ohio.

Finney honored with Distinguished Service Award

Three outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards including Fred Finney of Wayne County.

Baker to serve third 3-year term

Roger Baker of Wooster has been re-elected as District 8 trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He will represent Farm Bureau members from Ashland, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties.

One area farmer proves just how important networking is for small farmers

Leah Miller, a semi-retired sheep farmer in Holmes County, teaches connecting, networking and facilitating with Leadership Holmes County.

Hall named as state director for USDA Rural Development in Ohio

The Trump administration recently appointed David L. Hall, a native of Millersburg, as state director for USDA Rural Development in Ohio.

The fall Wooster Science Café to conclude Dec. 7

The fall Wooster Science Café will conclude with a visit from Shauna Brummet, president/CEO of the BioHio Research Park and an adjunct professor in the department of animal science at Ohio State.

Retreat designed for women in agriculture

OSU Extension will offer an Annie's Project Retreat at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Lore City to provide education and a support network to enhance business skills of women involved in all aspects of agriculture.

Wayne County team places in FFA contest

Northwestern High School took second in the urban contest at the 65th annual Future Farmers of America contests.

Women in Agriculture to offer program

The Ohio State University Extension East Ohio Women in Agriculture program will offer other area women an evening of networking, idea sharing and a meal at Raven's Glenn Winery.

Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience coming in February

Ohio Farm Bureau's 2018 Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience is open to young agriculturalists.

Stoney Creek Farm is a Wayne County tradition each fall

For 30 years now Stoney Creek Farm in West Salem has been providing pumpkins, gourds, all-natural maple syrup, hay rides and seasonal fun for fall harvest.

Horses infected with West Nile virus

The Wayne County Health Department received confirmation that four unvaccinated horses in Wayne County have tested positive for West Nile virus in the last month.

For Winesburg retiree, selective breeding is the key to a successful flock

The lamb market in Holmes and Wayne counties is rapidly outpacing other forms of livestock, and for James White, who runs a small farm near Winesburg, efficiency is the key to turning a profit.

OFBF members can receive discounts

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members are now eligible for discounts on select John Deere equipment, parts, tools and workshop equipment.

Ohio grape and wine industry contributes $1.3 billion to state's economy

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee released its 2016 Economic Impact Report, which finds Ohio's grape and wine industry has a significant impact of $1.3 billion on the state's economy and provides 8,067 full-time jobs.

Food and habitat are the most important factors in helping bees

Honeybees and rusty patched bumblebees are on a decline, a problem that affects not only the environment, but also the agricultural economy as well.

SWCD collecting milkweed to promote growth of monarch butterflies

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is calling on Ohioans for a second year of milkweed pod collections.

Local workshop connects seed savers and plant breeders

To address the need for learning and to foster community among seed savers and plant breeders, a series of "Seed to Sustainability" workshops will be offered throughout the state with the first workshop in Wooster.

Message in a bottle: Lou McFadden's rare dairy collection to hit auction block in September

More than 400 of Lou McFadden's milk bottles and other assorted memorabilia will go up for auction. The McFadden milk bottle collection has grown to grand popularity and will have items for auction in the Kaufman Auction Center in Sugarcreek.

Organic Farming Conference coming in November

The third Organic Farming Conference will be a two-day event due to the increase in interest in organic farming, gardening and homemaking.

Local farmers offer lots of insights for would-be breeders

When it comes to raising lamb, Misty Oaks Farm, only a few miles north of Holmesville, is one of a kind.

OCA Young Cattlemen's Conference provides industry learning experience

The 2017 Ohio Cattlemen's Foundation Young Cattlemen's Conference hosted 25 cattlemen and women for a leadership-development program in Columbus and the central Ohio areas.

Last chance to get certified without a test

OSU Extensions of Wayne and Holmes counties have scheduled a last-chance fertilizer applicator certification program at Fisher Auditorium on the OARDC campus in Wooster.

CSAs provide seasonal food each week

The CSA model of farming is based on the concept of creating, supporting and enhancing community through local residents supporting local agriculture.

Palmer amaranth is one invasive species that should be on every farmer's radar

One invasive species that should be on every farmer's radar is Palmer amaranth. As of late 2016 Palmer amaranth was present in 19 counties in Ohio.

Poison hemlock is easy to identify

Poison hemlock is an invasive species native to Europe and North Africa that first came to the United States as an ornamental plant.

WEDC AgVenture Tour is an adventure

Get a solid feel for the economic impact of agriculture in Wayne County when the Wayne Economic Development Council presents the WEDC AgVenture Tour for 2017.

Wayne SWCD offers ag container recycling

The Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District will host an ag container recycling event at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster.

The world welcomes this foursome of fuzzy friends

On Monday morning, June 19 a nanny pygmy goat at the farm of David Wengerd in Bunker Hill gave birth to a quartet of pygmy goats.

Apple Creek couple starts aquaponic business

Apple Creek couple Lori Klintworth and her partner Mark Zody started growing produce in their greenhouse using aquaponics. They started a business to help others in this method called Local Sprouts Aquaponics.

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