Week of 6/10/19 Ag Notes

Staff Writer

Project selected for Booher Jr. Fair fund

The installation of two ventilation fans in the Ottawa County Junior Fair Show Barn will be this year’s project to be funded by the Kathy Booher Junior Fair Improvement Fund.
The goal is to raise $15,000 to pay for two fans, signage and installation costs, said Mike Libben, sponsorship chairman.
He said the fans were something Kathy had wanted for years to cool the show ring on hot days.
She worked with youths for 26 years as the Ohio State University Extension Educator for Ottawa County. Under her direction, the 4-H program grew and the number of clubs expanded along with school programs.
Libben said the fund will highlight a project each year that will improve some aspect of the Junior Fair.
Donors will be recognized each year at the opening ceremony of the Ottawa County Fair. A permanent display area will also be incorporated into the show barn to recognize donors.
Donations should be made to the Ottawa County Agricultural Society with a memo “KB Fund.”
The address is 7870 W. State Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, Oh. 43449.
For more information contact Libben at 419 607-4054 or mike.libben@ottawaswcd.com

Conservation funding available
Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with American Farmland Trust to bring local farmers another way to increase conservation efforts.
Farmland within the Toussaint and Portage watersheds are being highlighted, and funds are available for farmers to implement a conservation practice. These conservation methods will help protect the health of the Great Lakes and strengthen the future of farming in the region.
This effort is intended specifically to help improve stewardship on rented land. Many times, farmers implement conservation practices on the land they own but not on land they rent. This program brings landowners and tenant farmers together to assist in increasing conservation on rented ground.
Up to $1,500 per landowner will be available for support and implementation of activities identified in the conservation plan and agreed to by the farmer renting their lands. Enrollment for this program is open.
Farmers who own or rent farmland may contact Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-898-1595. Sign up before June 14 to receive priority review.
More information is available online at ottawaswcd.com.

FSA committee nominations
The Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on June 14. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.
Committees make decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. The input is used by the FSA to carry out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.
The committees are made of three to 11 members and typically meet once a month. Members serve three-year terms.
Farmers should check with their local USDA service center to see if their local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, also may nominate candidates.
An FSA-669A nomination form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2019 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2019.
Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4.



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