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Women in Conservation Series
Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with Winous Point Marsh Conservancy; ODNR Division of Wildlife; Oak Harbor Conservation Club; Schedel Arboretum & Gardens; and Opie’s BBQ, will present
a “Women in Conservation” May through September in various locations throughout Ottawa County.

The series will be held the third Wednesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. The topics for each session include:

• May 16: Birding identification and nature hike at Winous Point Marsh Conservancy;

• June 20: Shooting/Archery at Oak Harbor Conservation Club;

• July 18: Wild game cooking and wine tasting at Winous Point Marsh Conservancy;

• Aug. 15: Pressed flowers at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens;

• Sept. 19: Life in the marsh at Winous Point Marsh Conservancy.

Each session will include light refreshments, an opportunity to talk with experts in the field and networking with women interested in the outdoors.

The cost is $25 per session or $100 for all five programs. Sessions are limited to 15 participants so early registration is suggested. To register or more information, call 419-898-1595.


Grant proposals sought
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for the 2012 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which will provide funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and nursery crops.

The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service will make approximately $642,019 of grant funding available to Ohio. The deadline for online grant proposal submissions is 4 p.m. April 30.

Grants will range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $150,000. In addition, all applicants must provide a minimum match of 25 percent of the requested grant amount.

Project proposals are sought that will advance the long-term economic viability of the state’s specialty crop industry while increasing the marketability of specialty crops. Higher rankings will be given to projects that demonstrate profit potential for growers and that could boost employment opportunities in the specialty crop industry.

Food and agricultural non-profit organizations, cooperatives, associations or commodity groups, universities and research institutions are eligible to submit specialty crop proposals.

For more information, available forms, or a copy of the request for proposals, visit the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website at www.agri.ohio.gov/grants.