Women in Agriculture
The 20th annual Women In Agriculture Conference, an event designed specifically for women involved in agriculture, will be held March 22, at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This year’s conference will feature 10 breakout sessions. Participants will choose three sessions to attend during the morning. Sessions include topics such as “Where Your Checkoff Dollars Go,” “Maps & Apps,” “Mobile Media Marketing,” “Fields of Fashion & Beauty,” and “Farm Equipment Basics & Farm Safety,” among others.
A unique aspect of this conference is the tract designed for young women in agriculture. Several young women from local FFA Chapters attend the conference each year and will have the opportunity to participate in a session that will help them learn more about agriculture and develop skills needed to succeed in the industry.
After lunch, participants will hear from the keynote speaker, Dave Marrison, Ohio State University Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, who will present an overview of succession planning and how to plan for the profitability of the business for future generations.
Space for the conference is limited. Registration is $50. Information and registration materials are available by calling the Ohio State University Extension Wood County office at 419-354-9050 or on-line at http://wood.osu.edu.
Ag breakfast set
To celebrate agriculture and honor local producers, local Ag Agencies and sponsors are celebrating National Agriculture Week by hosting an Agriculture Community Breakfast March 22, at 8 a.m. at St John Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor.
The cost for the all-you-can-eat scrambled eggs, pancakes and ham breakfast is $5. The event is open to all individuals and businesses.
Featured Speaker will be Kathleen Giesler, judge of the Ottawa County Probate/Juvenile Court, who will offer a presentation on the history of Ottawa County.
Proceeds from the breakfast will go back into the agricultural community through various scholarships, including those that will be awarded at the breakfast. For more information about scholarship, call Kathy Booher at 419-898-3631.
For tickets, call the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-898-1595.
Ethanol’s facts, fallacies and future
Mark Borer, general manager, POET Biorefining, Leipsic, Ohio plant, will discuss facts and fallacies about ethanol, including consumption, technology, cellulosic ethanol, and E15 fuel at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, March 21 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582), Bowling Green.
The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with informal networking hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation.
POET is one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol and other biorefined products. Through its expertise in technology development, construction, operations, risk management and marketing, POET also develops natural, renewable food sources and alternatives to petrochemicals.
The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity that provides 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 join CIFT on the third Thursday every month for this forum.