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County Farm Bureau Roundup – January, 2011

It’s a busy time of year for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Scholarships, hearty breakfasts and fun family outings are available (so is a job opening!), as well as informational meetings affecting landowners, developing green and growing skills, animal issues and more. Here’s a look at what’s happening with Farm Bureau around the state for the month of January.

Scholarships Galore!

County Farm Bureaus are awarding thousands of dollars worth of college tuition to local students in the following counties. Click on the links below for details of each opportunity.


Help Wanted

Looking for ag-related work in Allen, Paulding, Putnam or Van Wert counties? Check out the job opening at Farm Bureau.


All county Farm Bureaus are kicking of their 2011 membership campaigns with fun and sometimes incentivized meetings/contests. Check out all the county Farm Bureau membership kickoff dates.  Contact your local Farm Bureau, or visit you county Farm Bureau blog for details on each meeting

Congratulations to Jan Schoellman of Batavia, selected as Clermont County Farm Bureau’s Woman of the Year!

Say hello to Donna Morter, the new friendly face in the Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot County Farm Bureau office. 

Continue following the adventures of a bunch of farm families in southwest Ohio throughout the year on the Butler County Farm Bureau blog. 

Catch up with the latest news in Darke County Farm Bureau’s January Newsletter.


Calendar of Events

Here’s a chronological rundown of all the latest meetings and events posted by county Farm Bureaus to their county blogs. Click the event date/name for complete details of each.

Jan. 22 – Ashland, Medina and Wayne County CAUV meeting: Current Agricultural Use Values (CAUV) are rising. Find out why at this local meeting, featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Larry Gearhardt.

Jan. 24 – Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood County informational gas pipeline meeting: An informational meeting on the proposed gas pipeline coming through several northwest Ohio counties. Speakers include Ohio Farm Bureau’s Dale Arnold and representatives from the company proposing the pipeline.

Jan. 24 – Muskingum County Animal Care Issues & Livestock Care Standards Board Meeting: Dr. Leah Dorman, DVM, and Director of Food Programs for the Center for Food and Animal Issues will be the featured speaker. RSV required.

Jan. 27 – Holmes County CAUV update: The State of Ohio has updated the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) soil rates that the Holmes County Auditor’s office is required to use for the 2010 tax year, payable in 2011. Details on understanding the update from Ohio Farm Bureau’s Larry Gearhardt.

February – Beginning Beekeepers classes in Cuyahoga County: Interested in starting your own beekeeping venture? Beginning beekeepers classes are held each Wednesday in February t Rocky River Nature Center.

Feb. 9 – Protect Your Farm Seminar in Summit County: Guest speakers from Nationwide AgriBusiness will help you choose the right insurance product to help protect your farm. Speakers from Western Reserve Land Conservancy will discuss Ag Easements versus Donated Ag Easements and their tax benefits.

Feb. 9 – Oil and Gas Lease Meeting in Ashland, Medina and Wayne counties: Many landowners are being approached by companies wanting to lease acreage for drilling for new gas/oil deposits. Learn your rights and responsibilities under various lease agreements from Ohio Farm Bureau’s Dale Arnold. 

Feb. 19 – Dark, Mercer, Miami, and Preble County Legislative Breakfast: Meet your Senators and State Representatives and learn more about agricultural issues within Darke, Mercer, Miami and Preble counties at this breakfast at Bob Evans in Greenville. Complete details: 

Feb. 23 – Facebook and Twitter Training for Nortwest Ohio farmers: Northwest Ohio farmers in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Putnam, Williams and surrounding counties are invited to sharpen their social media skills in a completely hands-on training in cooperation with OSU Extension. RSVP and registration required.

Feb. 26 – Young Farmer and Family Snow Tubing Night in Preble County: Have some winter fun with the family at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. 

March through Oct. – Preble County Grow it. Make it. Know it. Workshops: Getting back to the basics of gardening, landscaping, canning, fibers, sewing and holiday entertaining for large groups. This four-part series teaches you how to stretch your budget while learning tips and new skills.

March 1 – Ross County Quail Management Workshop: Learn more about the declining bobwhite quail population and what is happening with quail management in your area during Ross County’s Quail Management Workshop in Chillicothe on March 1.

March 3 – Green Energy at Your Farm – Ashland, Medina, Wayne counties: Been thinking about how you might generate energy for your farm use and possible sale to utility companies? Learn of the possibilities from Ohio Farm Bureau’s Dale Arnold.

March 19 – Farmers Share Breakfast in Marion County and in Miami County: Come have a full breakfast for 50 cents in Miami County and Marion County. The amount you pay for each breakfast is equal to the amount the farmer would receive for producing the meal. Last year, more than 1,500 people attended the breakfast in Marion County.

March 31 – Cuyahoga County Compost Meeting: What is compost? Join Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau for how-to instructions on backyard composting and see/purchase bins available following an hour seminar on composting. Free and open to the public.

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