The 17th annual Women in Agriculture Conference will be held March 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio.
Participants may choose three breakout sessions from a slate of 15 programs offered on diverse topics such as grain marketing, antique evaluation, retirement planning, identity theft and gardening. There will also be an opportunity to participate in health screenings (registration required).
After lunch, keynote speaker Lindsay Hill will address the conference. Hill, who owns and operates ABN Radio with her husband Andy Vance, currently serves as vice president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. The couple shares on-air duties and serve as ambassadors for agriculture through various speaking engagements.
Registration is $45 if postmarked before March 5 and $50 after that date. Registration materials are available by calling the Ohio State University Extension Wood County office at 419-354-9050 or online at http://wood.osu.edu/topics/family-and-consumer-sciences/women-in-agriculture-1.
Ag breakfast set
To celebrate agriculture and honor local producers, local agricultural agencies and sponsors are celebrating National Agriculture Week by hosting a Community Breakfast March 26 at 8 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor.
The cost for the all-you-can-eat scrambled egg, pancake and ham breakfast is $5. Proceeds from the breakfast will go back into the agricultural community through various scholarships, which will be awarded at the breakfast.
For more information about scholarships, call Kathy Booher at 419-898-3631. For tickets, call the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-898-1595.
FFA officers elected
The Oak Harbor-Penta FFA Chapter recently elected officers for the 2010 year. They include Jordan Miller, president; Ashley Buhrow, vice president; Jackie Lacumsky, secretary; Lanee Sandwisch, treasurer; Bekah Lattea, reporter, Dustin Cover, sentinel; Chelsea Kitzler, student advisor; Jake Bartrom, farm manager.
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research Service to host a technology showcase March 12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Toledo, 3100 Glendale Ave., Toledo.
“Emerging Technology Showcase: Partnering for Economic Growth within Food and Agriculture,” will feature technologies and projects of researchers brought together to provide opportunities for commercialization for environmental, energy and food-related businesses. ARS researchers will have information on bio-based products, biofuels, sustainable agricultural practices, food safety/nutrition and functional food development.
The registration fee is $50 per person. Payment is due by March 9. Call 419-535-6000, ext. 108 to register or learn more, or visit www.cift.eisc.org.