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MONTPELIER — Chris Eschhofen may not admit it, but he has been something of a pioneer in local conservation efforts, something which has helped earn him the Williams Soil and Water Conservation District’s Cooperator of the Year award.

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Edgerton FFA took 15 students to the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis the last week of October.

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In an all-too-familiar pattern this year, rains have stalled progress with this year’s harvest in both the county and the state.

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Harvest progress fell just behind the five-year average last week after rains prevented farmers from getting into the field.

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The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) are expecting increased production for corn and soybeans.

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In addition to being one of the most labor-intensive professions, farming is also considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The hard work and exhaustive labor are tough but rushing the job to save time can be extremely dangerous — even deadly — when farming near electrical equipment.

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A second generation of fall armyworm may be on its way, though the cold temperatures could have killed it.

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Counties, soil and water conservation districts, land trusts, cities and townships are invited to apply to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation for local sponsor certification from Sept. 20 through Oct. 22.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates predicts an increase in use and stocks for both corn and soybeans.

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It’s that time again. Due to the decline in monarch butterfly populations, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) and local soil and water conservation districts are again seeking public involvement to collect common milkweed seed pods from established plants Sept. 1 through Oct. 30.

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Millcreek-West Unity FFA officer training took place June 28 and 29. The team began with planning out the year and then completed a team bonding activity where they had to split into two groups, make half of a bridge and then come together at the end to join their two bridges together. They …

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Crops production across the state continues to outpace the five-year average.

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MONTPELIER — Madison Gray grew up participating in FFA and 4-H activities, so it was only natural for her to seek a career in the agriculture field.

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MALINTA — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and several other state officials Thursday visited a Henry County farm leading the way in nutrient management.

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Corn and soybean development is proceeding ahead of the five-year average, according a release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Kaelyn Kinnan of Liberty Center was recently selected as the 2021 National Miss Agriculture USA. Kinnan competed with young women from across the United States at the National competition held June 17-19 which consisted of eight areas of competition including: interview, introduction, speech…

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The Williams Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is preparing for the Board of Supervisor election which will be held Nov. 8. There are two ways to have your name placed on the Williams SWCD Board of Supervisors ballot.

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Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It helps address the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations and of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

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The northwest Ohio soil and water conservation districts are pleased to offer a free at-home do-it-yourself Junior Conservationist summer program. The program’s hands-on activities and registration can be found online at www.lucasswcd.org/jrcc.

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MONTPELIER— The Williams Soil and Water Conservation District has a new technician for the H2Ohio program.

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May 11-14 the Millcreek-West Unity FFA Chapter celebrated its FFA Week. The week was filled with a variety of activities and events for Millcreek-West Unity Local Schools students and staff as well as FFA members.

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Farmers across Ohio have continued planting, but total progress on the corn crop has dipped below the five-year average.

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Paige Briner, senior at Edon High School, is ready to do her part in educating future citizens about where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture. Briner gathered with her parents, Kory and Jessica Briner, as well as her agricultural educator and FFA advisor, Mrs. Hannah Eve…

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The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting comments and will hold a public meeting on a draft Permit to Install (PTI) and a draft Permit to Operate (PTO) for the proposed expansion of a swine finishing facility in Madison Township.

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State Department of Insurance Director Judith L. French is reminding Ohio farmers that March 15 is the final date to purchase or modify federal crop insurance coverage on 2021 spring-planted crops.

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The Fairview FFA Chapter has worked hard all year long, and in the past years, to apply for degrees and awards. Finally, this success has paid off. Last week, members who applied for proficiencies received their results in their areas. Cassie Mavis placed second at the district level in her …

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Farmers will be bearing some responsibility to deal with climate change based off an executive order signed by President Joe Biden last week.

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Gov. Mike DeWine is continuing his commitment to Ohio’s waterways by earmarking around $240 million for his H2Ohio program for the next two years.

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To help Ohio farmers and agribusinesses finance the up-front costs of this year’s growing season, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague opened the 2021 Ag-LINK application period on Jan. 13. The application period will remain open through March 19.