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Our Ohio magazine features horticulture topics, gluten-free recipes

Our Ohio magazine’s May/June 2017 issue features members actively helping people across the country and in their own backyards, as well as the scents and colors of the spring season.

Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s “Across the Table” column highlights individual Ohio Farm Bureau members who pulled together several relief efforts to help farmers and ranchers after wildfires devastated livestock and property out west, including a large Ohio caravan of supplies that made its way to Kansas.

One story takes readers to Belmont County to show the inroads Children’s Hunger Alliance has made in feeding food-insecure schoolchildren there and across the state. Another feature tells the story of Williams County Farm Bureau members Marvin and Janie Dietsch and the process they went through with their children to ensure the legacy of the family farm. Included with that feature is Nationwide’s Land As Your Legacy estate planning program and why it is critically important to have conversations about the future of family land.

Gluten-free products have gained momentum in recent years as more people are identified as sensitive to gluten, and retailers have rushed to stock store shelves with alternatives. What does it mean to be gluten-free and how has this shift affected grain farmers? The May/June Our Ohio food feature highlights the reasons behind a gluten-free diet and how it impacts both the consumer and the farmer. We also feature several family friendly, gluten-free recipes.

Horticulture is a main theme of the May/June issue and is explored through experiences of several Ohio Farm Bureau members. The ever-popular daylily gets the cover-treatment as the story explores the different hybrids of the flower that are available and how to care for it.

Another story features Lorain County member Floyd Poruban, owner-operator of Poruban Nursery. Despite the fact that he is legally blind, he excelled in horticulture classes at Ohio State University and has had a successful career in the nursery business for more than 50 years. Included with this feature is a segment about OSU’s AgrAbility program, run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which assists those in agriculture who have disabilities. Conrad Alexander of Williams County and his heritage rose rugosas at Rose Fire Nursery round out the horticulture in this issue. Alexander is a one-man-band who quietly goes about the business of growing thousands of rose bush starts and shipping them across the country.

Also included in May/June will be information on the next Signature Food Contest through Farm Bureau’s partnership with Center for Innovative Food Technology and the list of county fairs throughout the state. As always there are Grow & Know events, membership information and Taking Root to round out the issue with a variety of topics and features of interest to our members.

Our Ohio magazine strives to connect consumers to agriculture through topics such as food, gardening, cooking, animals and events. As a benefit of being an Ohio Farm Bureau member, the publication is delivered in the mail six times a year.

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Kelli Milligan Stammen is director of publications for the Ohio Farm Bureau.