Monthly Ag Forum
Agricultural economist and Ohio State faculty member Dr. Douglas Southgate will be the featured speaker at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum Oct. 18 from at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582), Bowling Green.
Dr. Southgate, author of four books including the second edition of “The World Food Economy,” will discuss, “More People and Less Poverty in 2050: Satisfying the Rising Demand for Food.”
The program will begin at 8 a.m. with informal networking, hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT). The cost is $10 per person, payable by cash or check at the door, which includes breakfast. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by emailing
The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity designed to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement. Farmers, agribusiness owners and supporters of Ohio’s agricultural economy are encouraged to attend.
Benner named “Cooperator”
Carol Benner, retired District Program Coordinator for the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, was recognized as the “Cooperator of the Year” at the District’s 61st Annual Meeting and Banquet.
|L to R: Gerald Whipple, chairman of the Ottawa Soil and Water
Conservation District, Carol Benner and Michael Libben, District
A crowd of 220 was present as Benner was lauded for her 34 years of service to the citizens of Ottawa County. District Chairman Gerald Whipple accompanied the announcement with a video presentation depicting Benner’s many years of service and educational activities.
To many citizens of Ottawa County, Benner is known as “the tree lady” for presenting trees to fourth-graders throughout the county each year.
“Unlike most of the past recipients, Benner is not a farmer nor does she own much land. But you would be hard pressed to find a person with more love for nature, conservation and agriculture than her,” Whipple said.
Benner retired Dec. 31, 2011 and continues to give the staff at the Ottawa SWCD her advice and help when it is needed.
Tom Schuffenecker was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Lake Erie CREP Award at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District.
“In the last several years, Tom has done extensive work and has installed or signed up several farms for land to be put into filter strips,” said Josh Gerwin, District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. “These filter strips were not only on land that the Schuffeneckers own, but also property that is rented. Tom has not only done an excellent job in slowing runoff into our waterways, but has also set an example to his children and neighbors about the importance of conservation.”
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a partnership among producers and state and federal governments that pays landowners to set aside land into filter strips. CREP is an offshoot of the country's largest private-lands environmental improvement program – the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
Landowners who are interested in receiving payments for establishing filter strips along ditches, streams or rivers to slow runoff may call Gerwin at 419-898-6431.
Tom Schuffenecker is congratulated by Josh Gerwin, District Conservationist for Ottawa County.