Buckeye Farm News
Program leads to the Capitol
As part of Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas County Farm Bureaus’ Four County Leadership program (in cooperation with OSU Extension), participants recently spent a day at the Ohio Statehouse meeting with legislators and touring the Capitol and Supreme Court. Program participants also sat in on an Ohio House Ag Committee meeting where Rep. Mark Okey, D-Carrollton, introduced a bill on honey bees. In the photo above, program participants get a photo during their visit and tour of the Ohio Department of Agriculture during their second day on the trip.
Pickaway policy chat
U.S. Congressman Steve Austria recently attended and discussed policy issues as a special guest to Pickaway County Farm Bureau’s annual policy development breakfast. The breakfast is the kick-off of the county’s annual policy development process. The meeting was held at the farm of Pickaway County Farm Bureau members Bill and Grace Richards of Circleville.
Learning Farm Safety
Putnam County third-graders recently took part in the county’s Farm Safety Day Camp to learn about hazards on the farm. Topics covered included grain and lawn mower safety, chemical safety, “petty poison” safety (household chemicals), water safety, electrical safety, PTO safety, and ATV safety, complete with a docudrama demonstration featuring the sheriff, ambulance, fire rescue and Life Flight helicopter.
Drive with Reason, It’s Farming Season
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, at right, recently teamed up with Butler County Farm Bureau to encourage motorists to “Drive with Reason, It’s Farming Season” during the beginning of the annual planting season. Jones and the county Farm Bureau also promoted OFBF’s $2,500 reward program through the campaign, encouraging neighbors to be alert to suspicious activity. Three billboards in the county are promoting the campaign along with radio advertisements.
Growing carrots in Wyandot County
During Wyandot County’s National Ag Week, the Wyandot County Farm Bureau purchased 19 “Growing Carrots in Ohio” Educational Kits to distribute to fourth-grade classrooms in the county and for the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District and OSU Extension. The kits provide hands-on experience that showcases the lifecycle of a carrot and give students the opportunity to plant their own carrot. The county Farm Bureau also co-sponsored a poster contest for fourth-graders in the county with a total of 104 posters entered in the contest.