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Guernsey County man receives $2,500 reward

Adam McElroy, center, of Pleasant City recently received a $2,500 Reward from Ohio Farm Bureau for information he provided to authorities that led to the arrest and conviction of a thief on a Farm Bureau member’s property. McElroy provided photos of a trailer and a description of a man who had stolen $15,000 in steel siding and damaged roof panels at Green Valley Co-Op, Inc. The thief hot-wired a contractor’s crane and used it to load materials on the trailer, which he later parked in McElroy’s driveway. OFBF’s property protection program has served as a crime deterrent on Ohio Farm Bureau members’ property for more than 20 years. Learn more about this program and other member benefits by clicking on “Benefits & Membership” at McElroy is pictured with (l to r) Guernsey County Farm Bureau Vice President Bryson Wakely, Southeast Regional Supervisor Tiffany Pattison, Green Valley Co-Op General Manager Ed Harra and Guernsey County Sheriff Mike McCauley.

Fairfield members contribute to Community Garden

A group of Fairfield County Farm Bureau members, led by Robin Mallory of Lancaster, has been tending to the largest of three Fairfield County Community Gardens. Located at the Smeck Historical Farm in Baltimore, the garden includes one-half acre of sweet corn, as well as other vegetable crops including peanuts, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, beans, carrots, melons, cabbage and zucchini. The gardens are open to all citizens to help grow vegetables for their own families as well as to stock the 14 food pantries throughout Fairfield County. Organization Director John Torres also has provided assistance in helping to structure the overall vision for the countywide community garden project. Fairfield County OSU Extension Program Assistant Connie Smith also advised the garden’s caretakers on plant layout. Seeds and plants were donated or provided at reduced cost by a number of local vendors.

Farmers donate bushels for hunger in Miami County

Members of Miami County Farm Bureau and Troy Elevator, a division of the Mennel Milling Company, are partnering to fight hunger in Miami County through OFBF’s “Farmers Feed Our Needs” campaign. The county Farm Bureau invited all farmers to donate some of their harvested wheat bushels for hunger. For every bushel donated, Troy Elevator deposited the current wheat market price of the day into an account, which at the end of the harvest was donated to The Bethany Center in Piqua. Organization Director Mandy Havenar said county farmers ended up donating 648.5 bushels of wheat, and raising $2,700 to go along with it. The county Farm Bureau and Troy Elevator will continue the campaign throughout the corn and soybean harvests. Farmers wishing to donate should alert Troy Elevator employees upon arrival, or call 937- 335-8334.

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