Grain bin rescues have been abundant throughout Ohio in 2019, but first responder training for such an emergency can be hard to come by. Read about how four northeast county Farm Bureaus helped spearhead a two-year grain bin rescue training project that created the first indoor rescue training facility in the state. It will be open for training this fall.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Board of Trustees took a road trip in June. Their visit is featured in the magazine as they explored the challenges and opportunities for farmers and others in the agriculture industry in southeast Ohio.
Presenting a balanced view of agriculture in her central Ohio classroom is important to Madison County Farm Bureau member Deborah Hedgecock. In the latest issue, she describes a recent incident with a student that illustrates how imperative it is to vet outside groups who offer to come to schools and speak “on behalf” of farmers and agriculture.
Other stories include a horse camp in Lawrence County that is both the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and a benefit to the local community, as well as a feature about a Grove City foundation that aims to use farming to help those with autism.
In his column Across The Table, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Executive Vice President Adam Sharp talks about the wet spring and what it means long term for farmers in the Buckeye State.
News sections of the magazine also continued to focus on the fallout from a wet spring, as more than half of the state’s counties were declared ag disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On the flip side, specialty growers who bank on berries have had a rather good crop year.
Rounding out this issue of the magazine are recipes from the chefs at Lorain Community College Culinary Institute, as well as pages of local events happening for members as the most colorful season of the year eases everyone into hunting for warm sweaters and perfect pumpkins.