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Pheasants Forever banquet

        The Erie-Ottawa-Sandusky County Chapter of Pheasants Forever invites outdoor enthusiasts and guests to their 27th annual fundraising banquet Saturday, March 10 at the Camp Perry Banquet Hall, Port Clinton.

        The event will feature 30 guns to be auctioned, raffled or included as part of an outdoor prize package. The meal, which will be prepared by Mesenburg Caterers of Huron, will feature smoked whole hog, grilled chicken, shrimp fettuccini alfredo, salad, side dishes and dessert. Beer and soft drinks will be provided, with a cash bar available.

Ag-business breakfast

        An executive from one of the world’s leading food service brands will discuss the company’s new initiatives in Ohio at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, Feb. 15 from 8-9:30 a.m. The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) will host the event at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF), located at 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582) in Bowling Green.

        Phil Saken, communications and brand reputation manager, McDonald’s, will explain the company’s new multi-layered journey in the food they serve, where it comes from, how they deliver fresh and delicious food and beverages to guests, and how they continue to stay relevant to customers. Saken will also discuss how Ohio owners/operators give back to their local communities.

        McDonald’s has more than 36,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries across the globe.

        Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by visiting

        Breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow.  The cost is $10 per person for those who RSVP in advance, or $12 per person at the door without RSVP (cash or check) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.            

Census participation urged

        The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) urges Ohio farmers and producers who have not yet done so to respond to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census of Agriculture.

        Responses are accepted in the mail and online through February 5.

        “The data collected from the Census of Agriculture is critically important as decision-makers at all levels work to help agriculture grow in our state and country,” said ODA Director David T. Daniels. “Census data impacts nearly every Ohio farmer or producer through a variety of conservation and support programs. The census is important and I hope everyone involved in Ohio’s food and agriculture industry does their part.”

        Census data is used to support rural infrastructure, farm service agency loan programs, natural resources conservation services programs and rural development funds. USDA has improved the online form making responding easier and more convenient than ever. Additionally, federal law requires that all responses are secure and confidential.

        “The census is the only source of comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for not only every county in Ohio, but every county in the nation,” said Daniels. “I understand some people might have pause sharing the information asked for, but please know the responses to the questions asked are confidential and the aggregated information is critical to shaping the future of agriculture for the next decade.”

        Taken every five years, the Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even the smallest plots of land with vegetables, fruit, livestock, equine or food animals are included.

        To respond, visit or mail in the questionnaire. Questions about the census should be directed to USDA at 866-294-8560.



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