Ag-business forum set
Oakwood, Ohio-based Cooper Farms has reached an impressive milestone of 75 years running strong. The company, a leading food supplier of turkey, ham and chicken products sold across North America, boasts innovation and state-of-the-art locations that make it one of northwest Ohio’s better kept secrets.
Gary Cooper, Cooper Farms chief operating officer, will present, “Sustainable Business Practices in Northwest Ohio” at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum Thursday, June 20 from 8¬-9:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582) in Bowling Green.
The program will begin with informal networking hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation.
Cooper’s four Ohio divisions in Oakwood, Fort Recovery, St. Henry and Van Wert employ innovation and sustainable practices, including efforts in the Ohio Livestock Coalition, wind turbines, and serving as good environmental stewards with an advanced pork operation unlike most around the country.
The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity that makes information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement. The cost is $10 per person payable by cash or check at the door, which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.
Seeking stink bugs
Ohio State University Extension is encouraging Northwest Ohio residents to “hunt” for an insect pest that is new to our area.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was introduced into the United States from its native range in Japan, Korea, and China. First reported in the U.S. in 2001 in Allentown, Pa., it has spread to New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, California and Ohio.
BMSB feeds on fruits and seed pods of a wide range of plants. It is also a nuisance pest that invades buildings to seek shelter during the colder months. The Extension is looking to get a handle on where the insect is and how many there are.