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Garden forum set
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 15:04

Jan Hunter, of Naturally Native Nursery, will present “The Benefits of Native Plants” at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum,” June 17 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582), Bowling Green.

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

Following Hunter’s 20-minute presentation, Vicki Gallagher, of the 577 Foundation, will discuss “The Benefits of Vegetable Gardening.”

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.

The cost is just $10 per person (cash or check at the door), which includes breakfast and informal networking opportunities. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by calling Paula Ray at 419-823-3099 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Roll out the barrels
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 08:22

Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District recently hosted a "Make It and Take It" Rain Barrel Workshop at Schedel Arboretum and Gardens in Elmore this past week. Participants "brought a buddy" and constructed 15 rain barrels to capture runoff from their roofs. Crystal Dymond and Mike Libben, of the Ottawa SWCD, and Jill Bench, from Bench's Greenhouse, were the featured speakers for the evening. 

CSP deadline
Ottawa and Lucas County landowners can still sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office through June 11.

CSP is a voluntary USDA program that rewards producers for maintaining a high level of conservation farming practices, and are willing to adopt additional practices on their land. Farmers who have a record of doing conservation practices like continuous no-till and high residue (mulch-till) farming, regularly soil test their fields, have installed grass filter strips along drainage ditches and streams, and have all soil erosion controlled on their farms are the best applicants.

CSP is a paperwork-intensive program. Applicants will be required to provide detailed records of their crop rotation, tillage practices, fertilizer and manure applications and herbicide and pesticide applications by farm tract. These records along with an on-farm site review by NRCS personnel will be used to rank the operator’s application, and the higher ranking applications will be selected for five-year contracts.

For more information about CSP, including eligibility requirements, visit the county USDA Service Center in Oak Harbor or call 419-898-6431.


Ash tree program
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Friday, 14 May 2010 09:04

On Monday May 24, at the start of Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, OSU Extension will hold a program to discuss the topic of replacement options for ash trees that have had to be removed.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Ballville Recreation Hall, 1413 W. Cole Rd., Fremont. Amy Stone, Extension Educator, OSU Extension, Lucas County will be the featured speaker.
As part of this program, participants will head outdoors to look at trees, so dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call 419-334-6340 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and put “EAB” in the subject line.


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