Buckeye Farm News: 2009 – A Year In Review
Learning farm safety in Putnam County
Putnam County third-graders got to take part in the county’s Farm Safety Day Camp to learn about hazards on the farm. Topics covered included grain and lawnmower safety, chemical safety, “pretty poison” safety (household chemicals), water safety, electrical safety, PTO (Power Take Off) safety and ATV safety.
Preserving land in Fairfield County
Louise Warner of Hocking County spoke with attendees at the Southeast Ohio Farmland Preservation meeting sponsored by the Fairfield County Farm Bureau in February. Warner told of her personal experience protecting her farmland through Ohio’s Ag Easement Purchase Program made possible through the Clean Ohio Fund.
Farmers donate bushels to fight hunger in Miami County
Members of Miami County Farm Bureau and Troy Elevator, a division of the Mennel Milling Co., partnered 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 to help fight hunger. For every bushel donated, Troy Elevator deposited the current wheat market price of the day into an account, which at the end of harvest was donated to the Bethany Center in Piqua. Organization Director Mandy Havenar said county farmers donated 648.5 bushels of wheat and raised $2,700 to go along with it. The county Farm Bureau and Troy Elevator continued the campaign throughout the corn and soybean harvest.
Morgan County summer reading fun with Farm Bureau
Morgan County Farm Bureau brought the positive word of agriculture to youth this summer by sponsoring the summer reading program at the Kate Love Simpson Library. The county Farm Bureau provided a number of agricultural related activities for the children and brought in live animals for the children to pet and learn about. Eighty children made bean art, planted seeds in a glove to watch them sprout and tried their hand at milking a model cow.