Ag Notes Week of 12/30/19

Staff Writer

CIFT board member announced
Rebecca A. Singer, president and CEO, CIFT, announced Cynthia R. May, owner/CEO, Graminex, LLC, was named the newest member of the organization’s governing board.
Graminex is the world’s leading producer of highly effective, highly safe, non-solvent flower pollen extract products for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, and food industries.
May joins the other nine members of the board to guide the organization and ensure the strategic direction remains aligned with the mission.
“I am excited to welcome Cynthia as she brings a unique perspective to help CIFT advance the strategic plan and enhance value to our stakeholders,” said Singer. “We are very fortunate to have someone of her caliber as a member of our board, and look forward to her leadership.”
May founded Graminex in 1997 in Saginaw, Michigan, however the company’s production facilities and 6,500 acres of farmland are located in Deshler, Ohio.

Ottawa SWCD
staff recognized
Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District staff was recently recognized by Ohio Department of Agriculture Director, Dorothy Pelanda, for their conservation efforts in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
Ottawa SWCD received an award for contracting more acres into the Ohio Working Lands Buffer Program than any of the other eligible 24 counties.
The Ohio Working Lands Buffer Program encourages producers in the WLEB Watershed to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible cropland. As the name implies, “Working Lands Buffers” act as a buffer on cropland and provide another line of defense to filter surface water while allowing participants to harvest forage from established areas and removing the nutrient phosphorus.
Ottawa SWCD Technician Jarred Molesky led the project and signed up 35 producers and almost 900 acres in Ottawa County. Jarred traveled to Findlay to accept the award and learn more about the upcoming H2Ohio programs. Ottawa County farmers have been conservation leaders and continue to make great efforts in protecting Lake Erie Water Quality.

Farm Aid Grant
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) received a $7,000 grant from Farm Aid to support policy advocacy on behalf of sustainable and organic family-scaled farms, in recognition of the benefits they provide to the environment and rural communities. This is OEFFA’s 11th grant from Farm Aid.
“We are both grateful and proud to receive this support from Farm Aid, with whom we share a passion for keeping family farmers on the land,” said OEFFA Executive Director Carol Goland.
Farm Aid’s grantmaking is focused on work that enhances the viability of family farm agriculture in the United States. They issue grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations that are growing the good food movement, helping farmers thrive, or taking action to change the food and farm system. This grant will allow OEFFA to continue to protect and advance organic agriculture, advocate for policies that elevate agriculture’s contributions to solving climate change, and work for policies that preserve farmland and make it more accessible to new farmers.
To learn more about OEFFA, visit For a complete listing of Farm Aid’s 2019 grant recipients, visit


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