Women in ag conference
The 19th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference will be held March 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids.
Participants will choose from among 15 breakout sessions on topics such as farmland preservation, commodity market factors, opportunities for farm financing for women and exploring produce safety. After lunch, a panel of four keynote speakers will showcase what women are doing today for the industry.
Space is limited. The registration fee is $50. Early registration, postmarked before March 9, is $45. Registration materials are available by calling the Ohio State University Extension Office in Wood County at 419-354-9050 or online at http://wood.osu.edu.
Fundraiser a success
The Oak Harbor Young Farmers conducted a successful BBQ chicken fundraiser event Feb. 24 at the Oak Harbor High School.
Funds raised will help offset expenses for FFA members to attend Ohio FFA Camp. Funds will also be used to assist the Holiday Bureau for Christmas 2012; to provide funding for the Benton Carroll Salem Food Pantry located at St. Paul’s Church of Christ and to provide funding to conduct the Young Farmers 4th Annual Ham Giveaway program for Easter.
The Young Farmer chapter was assisted by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Ottawa County Chapter #30011. In addition, the Ottawa County Farm Bureau donated water, Oak Harbor FFA Chapter provided labor to clean up and Judy Gahler-Jody Kapp provided coffee, lemonade and tea for beverages.
The chicken and meal supplier was Luanne Pitts, coordinator of Bar-B-Que Traveler, Inc. from Lacarne, Ohio.
Hosta & Daylily Society
Paul Owen, of Slightly Different Daylilies, Charlotte, N.C., will be the guest speaker for the Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society March 10 at 1 p.m. in the Conference Center of Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo.
Owen specializes in hybridizing northern hardy, drought-resistant, re-blooming daylily cultivars. He has registered over 80 daylilies and has been working with daylilies since 1998.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free
Tree ID program set
Lucas County Master Gardener Volunteers will present a Winter Tree ID Program March 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 930 S. Wynn Rd., Oregon.
Master Gardener Volunteer Dick West will offer a presentation from 9 a.m. to noon, after which he will lead a “hands-on” tour of winter trees on the LSP campus.