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Nominate an outstanding Crop Adviser

Nominations for the Excellence in Crop Advising Award are now being accepted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Certified Crop Advising Program. The Excellence in Crop Advising Award recognizes Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) who have performed superior service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production. The purpose of the award is to increase awareness that farmers and their service people strive to make cropping decisions that are both economically and environmentally sound. A nomination form can be found at To be eligible, nominees must hold a current Ohio CCA certification and be in good standing, and at least one nominator must be a Farm Bureau member. The deadline for nominations is June 25.

Figured Up: 20 percent

The amount that the risk of certain allergies was reduced for people who grew up on a farm, according to a Swedish study. The resistance to itchy and runny eyes and noses occurred in those who grew up on farms with livestock, according to a report in Reuters.

Their Words

“The livestock board can perform a useful service by addressing confinement in its own forum, inviting input from all sides and fostering a public discussion. That would inform voters far better than the blizzard of 30-second ads that the campaign surely will bring.” ~A Columbus Dispatch editorial saying the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board offers a better approach to establishing farm animal standards than a ballot measure proposed by the Humane Society of the United States.

“Even one case of abuse of farm animals is unacceptable.” ~American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman addressing farmers’ responsibility to care for their animals

Scholarly Pursuits

Three scholarship programs associated with the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation have collectively selected 10 $1,000 scholarship recipients for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year.

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar: Based on academic effort, community service and career interests that use agriculture to enhance the partnership between producers and consumers.  Recipients: Lindsey Grimes of Hillsboro and Lauren Prettyman of New Bloomington.

Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program: Established by the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, which supports academic institutions, social service and charitable organizations providing opportunities “to ennoble, to uplift and to strengthen the lives of young women.”  Recipients: Alissa Armstrong of South Charleston, Madeline Bauer of Avon Lake and Lea Woodward of Dorset.

Darwin Bryan Scholarship Program: Established to commemorate Darwin R. Bryan, whose enthusiastic leadership during his 37 years of service to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has been an inspiration to rural youth throughout Ohio. Recipients: Grace Bluck of Clarksburg, Sarah Butterfield of Oxford, Gregg Janos of Oxford, Emily Kruger of West Salem and Lauren Schwab of Somerville.

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