Category: Farming

Register Now For Precision Ag Field Day

Plan to attend the Precision Ag Field Day to be held August 23 at Kellogg Farms, 17392 Township Road 50 near Forest. Aaron Heilers, project manager for the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms will give an overview of the water quality and nutrient management goals of the three farms in Hardin and Hancock County. Greg LaBarge,…

Remembering the Great Black Swamp

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist “The soils were as black as midnight”, the saying goes. As we certainly all know, the area we now live and work in was once part of the Great Black Swamp where the woodland and wildlife were plentiful and plenty of swampland was to be found. It is said that…

The American Badger

By: Stan Jordan The North American Badger is somewhat similar to the European Badger. He is found in western and central United States, northern Mexico and southwest Canada. The American Badger ‘s habitat is open grasslands with available prey such as mice, squirrels, ground hogs and small rodents. The badger’s family includes weasels, otters, ferret…

Paulding FFA Officer Team Travels to Hocking Hills

By: Emma Horstman, Paulding FFA Reporter  The Paulding FFA Officer Team recently went on an officer retreat to Hocking Hills.  The retreat was a great opportunity for the officer team to get away and plan out their 2017-2018 FFA year. The retreat began with team building activities that allowed members time to get to know…

Woodlan FFA Demonstrates Leadership And Service

The Woodlan FFA Chapter recently attended the 88th Indiana State FFA Convention held on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Woodlan FFA Chapter received several awards. Awards received were: a plaque and a check for placing  2nd  in the “Living to Serve, Community Service” competition by providing 1,700 Kindergarten students agriculture…

Dandelions: Not Always Your Enemy!

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist Certainly many of us can recall being a kid and finding enjoyment of closing our eyes, taking in a big breath, and blowing with every fiber of our beings at a dandelion puffball and watching all the little puffs (seeds) scatter all over the place. As a kid, you thought…

Fairy Garden Program at the Payne Library

Last Thursday at the Payne Library, the Paulding County Master Gardener volunteers led a Fairy Garden program as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Twenty boy and girls learned about plants and plant care and then made their very own fairy gardens. Go to the library, visit our website (www.pauldingcountylibrary.com), find us on Facebook,…

2017 Paulding County Fair Result

RABBIT SHOW  Senior Rabbit Showmanship: Riley Stoller – First place-Trophy/Rosette; Junior Rabbit Showmanship: Aewyn McMichael – First place-Trophy/Rosette; Beginning Rabbit Showmanship: Claire Miller – First place-Trophy/Rosette;  Champion of Champion Rabbit Showmanship: Jowaine Grimes – First place-Chair/Rosette; Pee Wee Rabbit Showmanship: N/A; Beginner Market Skillathon (8-11 year olds): William Krynock – First place-Trophy; Intermediate Market Skillathon…

Paulding County Fair Wraps Up Another Great Year!

The Paulding County Fairgrounds were a busy place this past week and the West Bend News has been right there with the events going on. The heat was intense all week long for fairgoers and animals alike. On Monday the parade took place starting at 6:30 pm, winding through the path between the vendors and…

2017 Paulding County Junior Fair Showman of Showmen Contest

On Friday, June 16, 2017 the Showman of Showmen Contest took place at the Paulding County 4-H Fair. This contest brings the top showman of each livestock category into a final competition for overall best showman. The following top livestock showmen competed: Jowaine Grimes, Rabbits; Jacob Klopfenstein, Dairy/Beef; Faith Meraz, Goats; Trevor Speice, Swine; Hannah…

Woodlan FFA Poultry Teams Compete

Woodlan FFA members competed in the State FFA Poultry Judging contest recently held near Purdue University. The Junior Poultry   team of Emily Tripp, Dakotah Krohn, and Bailey Nickell placed 3rd in state competition in the Junior level competition. They will be         receiving a team plaque at the Indiana FFA State…

Phosphorus Risk Index Project

The Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for participants for the Phosphorus Risk Reduction Program. Grant funds provided to the SWCD from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management are available to participants in the project on a per acre basis. If you have farm land in the Upper Maumee targeted watersheds Black…

Doe-C-Doe 4-H Meeting

The Doe-C-Doe 4-H club had their meeting at the Antwerp United Methodist Church on Sunday the 5th of February at 3 o’clock pm. Members gave demonstrations about their projects. The next meeting will be on March 5th at 3 o’clock p.m. at the Antwerp United Methodist Church.