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“Training for the Future”
Karen Everage, director of the Toledo Restaurant Training Center (TRTC), and Sarah Stubblefield, career coach at WSOS Community Action, will discuss “Training for the Future,” at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, April 18 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, a 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582) in Bowling Green.

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with informal networking hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT).

TRTC is a non-profit proprietary school established to provide education and training to foodservice professionals. Their program initiatives help industry restaurateurs grow their businesses, and give foodservice professionals a resource of continuous education and skills enhancement for career development.

WSOS Community Action is a partner in the Innovative Strategic Training Achieving Results (iSTAR) program, designed to train individuals for a new career pathway. Student participants receive the benefit of their accelerated education being grant-funded, while employers who become partners in the program receive up to 50 percent reimbursement of on-the-job training costs.

So far, the program touts a 90-plus percent completion and hire success rate.

The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity that provides information about current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement.

The cost for the forum is $10, payable by cash or check at the door, which includes breakfast and networking opportunities. Walk-ins are welcome; however guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by emailing

Specialty crop webinar
On Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m., the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will offer a free webinar for specialty crop farmers titled, “Estimating Cover Crop Nitrogen and Choosing Organic Fertilizers for Your Farm.”

Oregon State University senior instructor and Small Farms Extension Agent Nick Andrews will guide participants through the Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator, a free online tool which predicts the nitrogen released by cover crops, organic fertilizers and compost, allowing farmers to easily compare the costs of different organic fertilizer programs.

Andrews will explain the research behind the nitrogen mineralization models used in the calculator and will demonstrate how the tool can be used to develop a cost-effective nutrient management program designed to address each farm’s specific crop nutrient requirements.

Pre-registration is required by visiting

The event is part of a series of webinars and educational programs offered to specialty crop growers by OEFFA and the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy. Countryside Conservancy will offer two additional webinars this spring: “What’s It Worth? Setting Profitable Prices for Multiple Outlets” on April 24 at 7 p.m. and “Employees on Your Farm” on May 22 at 7 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit

Partial funding for this webinar is provided through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.




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