March ag-business forum
The agricultural industry is an ever-changing world that leaves farmers working to keep up with new issues that evolve every year. The cycle requires those involved in agribusiness to stay updated at state and federal levels.
Adam Sharp, vice president of public policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), will speak on topics related to Ohio farmers for the upcoming growing season at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, March 20, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, located at 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582), Bowling Green.
The program will begin at 8 a.m. with informal networking hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation.
Sharp will focus on the status of the current farm bill, Ohio’s water quality challenge and the farmers’ role, and priority issues for the year. He joined the OFBF in 2004 and is currently responsible for directing the organization’s policy and political activities. Prior to his work there, he was acting counselor on agricultural policy to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and served as political deputy over EPA’s pesticide office.
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.
Spring fish sale
Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting its first-ever Spring Fish Sale, which offers area pond owners the opportunity to stock their ponds with fish supplied by Fender’s Fish Hatchery, of Baltic, Ohio.
Fish available include Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Fathead Minnows, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Redear Sunfish and White Amur.
White Amur (more commonly known as “Grass Carp”) are members of the minnow family that are reported to live up to 15 years and attain weights in excess of 100 pounds. They bear little resemblance to the common carp. Although cultured in Asia as a source of food, the sterile White Amur is primarily used in the United States to control aquatic vegetation. Leafy, rooted aquatic plants, such as pondweed and coontail, are the preferred food of the fish. Lacking these, they will consume floating duckweed, green algae and even cattails.
All fish must be pre-ordered and pre-paid. The deadline to order is May 9. Fish will be delivered in Fender’s tank truck with aerator May 20.
To obtain an order form, call 419-898-1595, visit the OSWCD office at 240 W. Lake Street, Oak Harbor, or visit www.ottawaswcd.com.
Food safety seminar
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) will host a food safety seminar, Saturday, March 29, 8 a.m.-noon at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK), located at 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582), Bowling Green.
Food-related business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and those who are producing a product to sell at markets and/or other retail establishments are encouraged to attend.
Food safety expert Shari Plimpton, Ph.D., vice president, director of food industry, CIFT, will discuss the fundamentals of proper production practices, sanitation and hygiene practices to ensure a safe, high-quality product. An introduction to the basics of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points as a method of identifying and preventing hazards that may result in the contamination of food will be included.
A number of safe processing procedures will be explained within the NOCK – a kitchen-based setting that educates and advises entrepreneurs interested in starting a food business.