Buckeye Farm News
Editor’s Note: Our last issue included a story on the Grand Lake Agriculture Leadership Program, which fostered the leadership and communication skills of Mercer County’s agriculture community. Buckeye Farm News would like to note that in addition to the county Farm Bureau, the program was supported by the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District, Wright State University – Lake Campus, USDA Farm Service Agency and OSU Extension.
Promoting produce in Perry County
Perry County Farm Bureau recently conducted a farm tour at a local produce farm with about 35 in attendance. Organization Director Kari Burkey said the event was conducted to highlight the Farm Bureau’s involvement in establishing four farmers markets throughout the county. In addition to having dinner and hearing about Ohio Farm Bureau activities, those in attendance heard from Ohio State University Extension and the Farm Service Agency. Topics covered included Extension’s current restructuring, the Humane Society of the United States, property rights, the REX pipeline project and programs available through FSA. Attendees were also treated to a wagon ride through the produce farm.
Planting with purpose
Inmates at the Stark County Jail recently started planting a garden in a joint project with the Stark County Farm Bureau and OSU Extension’s Stark County Office. Through the project, nonviolent inmates will grow produce through an educational garden and will then donate the produce to Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne counties. The program is planned to be a long-term, annual project.
Two receive $2,500 reward
Two Ohioans were recently presented $2,500 rewards from Ohio Farm Bureau for their efforts in preventing rural crime.
Huron County resident Joseph Ringler received the reward after he caught and held at gunpoint two thieves who had stolen a neighbor’s vehicle and were in the process of stealing guns, power equipment and a car CD player from the home of Farm Bureau members August and Carol Stacklin. Pictured in the photo below, from left to right, are August Stacklin, Carol Stacklin, Ringler, Huron County Farm Bureau President John Brooks, Huron County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Randall Chase, Northeast Regional Supervisor Danielle Dufour and Huron County Farm Bureau Organization Director Amanda Denes.
Brenda Heidlebaugh of Logan also received the $2,500 reward for providing information that lead to the arrest and felony conviction of two criminals in an attempted robbery on the property of Hocking County Farm Bureau member Larry Heidlebaugh.
The $2,500 reward is presented when efforts of citizens lead to the arrest and conviction of crimes occurring on or to an Ohio Farm Bureau member’s property. OFBF’s Property Protection Program has been a deterrent against rural crimes for more than two decades and serves as one of the many benefits of an Ohio Farm Bureau membership. Learn more about the program in the “Members and Benefits” section at www.ofbf.org.
SE ambassadors reap rewards, continue to sign members
Ohio Farm Bureau Ambassador Club members (those signing 10 or more new Farm Bureau members between Sept. 1 and May 31) from OFBF’s Southeast Region recently took a trip to Adena Mansion and Gardens and to see “Tecumseh! – The Ultimate Outdoor Drama.” Even during their relaxing trip, the volunteers wouldn’t take a break, as they signed a new Ross County Farm Bureau member at Adena Mansion, former home of Thomas Worthington. Club members also were treated to a backstage tour of “Tecumseh!” They also enjoyed dinner at the Terrace Buffet, just as Jackson/Vinton County Farm Bureau Ambassadors Melody Meldick and Jennefer Saxour did with their husbands Shane and David in the photo above.