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Innovative food products
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 25 March 2010 12:01

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) have announced the award recipients of the Functional Food and Ingredient Development (FFID) fund.

“Functional foods” are foods and food components that provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. The following recipients will share in a $125,000 fund to support the development and commercialization of innovative Ohio products, and to enhance the economic performance of the agri-food sector:
 • AlgiSys – for partnering with 3i to develop a liposome nano-encapsulation of omega-3 algae oil for food and beverage applications.
 • American Dairy Association (Mideast) – for creating a more nutritious probiotic yogurt.
 • Around the World Gourmet – for developing a double functional gluten-free, casein-free bread for those with a special diet.
 • Ohio State University – for developing a prebiotic chocolate bar which reduces the absorption rate of cholesterol, and increases absorption rates of calcium and other beneficial substances.
 • Sensus – for partnering with Wyandot, Inc. (a snack manufacturer in Marion, OH) to develop a high-antioxidant/high-anthocyanin, nutritious purple corn snack food for the benefit of Ohio farmers, processors and consumers.

The winners were announced at the Emerging Technology Showcase, hosted by CIFT and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service on Mar. 12 at the Hilton Toledo.


Seedling sale
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:56

The Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting its annual seedling sale.

One- to two-year-old seedlings are being offered at a low cost to assist landowners in establishing conservation practices such as windbreaks, wildlife habitats and treed riparian buffers. Trees may also be used for general landscaping.

Conifers are available in packets of 25 trees and hardwoods and bushes are available in packets of 10 and five. Also offered are one-ounce packages of “native” prairie seed mix, which has been collected locally from the Oak Openings Region. Two mixes are offered – a dry mix suited for sandy or well-drained soils and a moist mix for average to moist soils.

Order forms are available by calling 419-893-1966 or online at

Kitzler honored
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 04 March 2010 10:56

Tyler Kitzler, of Oak Harbor High School, was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by the Monsanto Company.

As winner of the 2010 Award, Kitzler’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Oak Harbor High School.

Farmer Dinner set
The Genoa FFA Chapter, in association with the Genoa FFA Alumni and the Genoa Kiwanis, will hold their annual Farmer Dinner for farmers in the Genoa Area Local School District March 22 in the Genoa High School cafeteria.

Fellowship will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meal at 6 p.m. RSVP by March 10 to Larry Dean of Edward Jones Investments at 419-855-0096.


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