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Farmers Growing Communities
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 04 November 2010 08:40

Awards of $2,500 are available through Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

In Ohio, $157,500 will be invested in rural communities in 63 counties. The program is intended to benefit nonprofit community groups such as ag youth organizations, schools and other civic groups important to America’s farmers.

Monsanto Fund will also donate $1 to the United Way on behalf of each farmer who signs up for the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program. The $1 will be donated to the United Way Chapter in the home county of the farmer.

Farmers can apply online at or by calling 1-877-267-3332. Farmers age 21 and older who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture are eligible.

The application period runs through Dec. 31. The program is open to all qualifying farmers and no purchase is necessary in order to enter or win.

One winner will be selected for each of Ohio’s 63 participating counties, including wood, Lucas, Ottawa and Sandusky counties.

Monsanto Fund will announce winning farmers and recipient organizations by February 2011. 

Workgroup meeting
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:41

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will conduct a Local Workgroup (LWG) meeting Nov. 9 to identify resource concerns, discuss conservation priorities and develop potential solutions. The meeting will take place at Earl Johnson Agricultural Building, 240 W. Lake St., Oak Harbor.

While Local Work Group membership is limited to federal, state, county, tribal or local government representatives who are familiar with agriculture and natural resources interests, the meeting is open to members of the general public, who are invited to participate and provide input on local conservation issues and resource challenges.

LWGs support locally led conservation efforts by coordinating USDA programs with other conservation programs in an effort to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns.

For more information, call Carol Benner at the Ottawa SWCD office at 419-898-1595.

Fall celebration
Many people may not know that there are 23 businesses making food products ranging from salsa to chocolates to cookies at one location just north of Bowling Green.

Learn more by celebrating the flavors of the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK) and the beauty of the fall season at a free event Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF), 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582), Bowling Green.

Guests can sample numerous products and goodies, have the chance to purchase these Ohio homegrown products, and enjoy some fun, family-focused fall activities including hayrides, a cookie-decorating station, face painting, an art show and more.

Call 419-823-3099 for more information.

Annual meeting set
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 October 2010 13:14

The Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual meeting Oct. 28 at the Springfield Township Hall, 7617 Angola Rd., Holland.

Guest speaker Dale Arnold, Director of Energy Service for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will discuss current development trends, opportunities and potential dilemmas. In addition, two supervisors will be elected, and the 2010 Cooperator of the Year award will be presented.

Call 419-893-1966 or visit for a reservation form and candidate information.

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