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Buckeye Farm News

Helping Hand

Ohio AgrAbility is part of a national program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that promotes independence for people who want to continue to farm after experiencing a disabling condition. Ohio State Extension has partnered with Easter Seals Work Resource Center to help bring the program to a local level.

The mission is to enable a high quality of life for farmers by addressing a wide variety of disabling conditions.

The program provides several “no cost” services to farmers and agricultural communities. For local farmers, services include providing technical assistance or on-site assessments, provide training on preventing secondary injuries, initiating peer support, and providing information and referral materials about services available for agricultural assistance and rehabilitation. For the agricultural community, the primary focus is providing direct education and initiating community programs with local civic organizations, health care providers, agricultural business and educational institutions.

Contact Ohio AgrAbility Program Coordinator Kent McGuire at 614-292-0588 or visit www.agrability.org.

Figured Up: 116,750

The number of pounds of venison hunters donated to local food banks through the 2009-10 deer hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. A total of 2,336 deer was donated this deer hunting season compared to 1,096 in 2008-09 and 418 in 2007-08.

Hunting for answers

The Ohio Disvision of Wildife says it is considering some changes to the current deer firearms season and is asking for input through an online survey.

Among the questions is whether respondents support opening deer gun season on Saturday after Thanksgiving and whether there should be two additional days of hunting allowed.

The survey is available at www.wildohio.com under Wildlife News.

Their Words

“They don’t trust young people to listen to information and make sound judgments. Well, we do. We count on them to lead the way into the future. And we look forward to more opportunities to discuss animal protection work with 4-H students and other young Americans.” ~ A post on Facebook by Bernard Unti of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) responding to those who criticized HSUS's seminar at the national 4-H conference.

“Everybody’s right, but everybody’s different.” ~ A bit of wisdom in a Farm and Dairy article from farmer Ed Piar as he discussed the variety of approaches his peers take to tilling (or not) their fields.

“The department continues work to further strengthen the logistical supply line between the state’s farmers who grow nutritious local foods and its consumers." ~ Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs discussing a program that will help those on food assistance purchase products from farmers markets.



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