Category: Farming

Paulding FFA Chapter Competes at District Job Interview Contest

By: Emma Horstman, Paulding FFA Reporter Recently, three Paulding FFA members headed to Arlington for the district Job Interview CDE. They were able to compete at district after placing 1st or 2nd in the sub-district job interview at Kalida on November 6th.  Members who competed were Junior Kalyn Strahley, Sophomore Kaylie Tressler, and Freshman Sydney…

Paulding County Poultry Team

The Paulding County 4-H Poultry Judging Team competed at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, KY on November 16th. The team had won the Ohio State competition in August to qualify for this prestigious event. Members of the team are Hannah Farr, Estee Miller, Chantal Monnier and Kalyn Strahley. The team competed…

Hydroponic unit at Antwerp Local School

The Antwerp Local School cafeteria now has a hydroponic unit used to grow leafy vegetables. Tom Blake, owner of EnTrust, the company who funded Antwerp Local’s new solar array, donated the hydroponic prototype to the school. The company is in the process of building a permanent metal structure that will replace the current prototype. In…

USDA Scientists Honored as AAAS Fellows

Two USDA scientists have been honored as 2017 Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, who serves as Administrator for USDA’s Agriculture Research Service as well as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, and Dr. Autar K. Mattoo, an ARS plant physiologist, were named Fellows…

Secretary Perdue Announces Soybean Board Appointments

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 19 members and 3 alternate members to serve on the United Soybean Board. The producers appointed to serve three year terms include: Annie Dee, Aliceville, Ala.; Robert Stobaugh, Atkins, Ark.; Gary Berg, Saint Elmo, Ill.; Tom Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Thomas E. Oswald, Cleghorn, Iowa; Larry K. Marek,…

Trump Administration Appoints Leonard Hubert to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Ohio

The Trump Administration recently appointed Leonard Hubert as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA). Hubert joined the Ohio FSA team on Monday, November 27. Hubert has spent his lifetime working in agriculture and public service. He is a graduate of Alabama A&M University and has over two…

Paulding FFA Places 1st at District Competition and Advances to State!

By: Emma Horstman, Paulding FFA Reporter On November 9th, the Paulding FFA Food Science Team competed at the district Food Science Competition at Riverdale. The team consisted of Courtney Luderman, Kalyn Strahley, Shannon Hale, and Kaylie Tressler. During the competition students must be able identify different aromas, respond to consumer complaints for food products, recognize…

USDA Provides More Than $10 Million to Help Caribbean Area Farmers Recover Following Hurricanes

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $10.9 million in technical and financial assistance to help farmers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands repair damage and rebuild following hurricanes Irma and María. This investment through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a Farm Bill conservation program, is one more option available through USDA…

GrowNextGen Visits Grover Hill Elementary

GrowNextGen, powered up by the Ohio Soybean Farmers, is bringing a high-energy, interactive program to schools across Ohio. The purpose of this program is to reach students in grades K through 6, and teach them about the power of the soybean. Through games, dancing and a boys-versus-girls competition, students barely know they are learning while…

Woodlan FFA Attends FFA State FIRE Conference

Woodlan FFA members recently attended the FFA State FIRE conference held at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center located near Trafalgar, Indiana.  FIRE is an acronym for Foundations In Reaching Excellence. The conference theme this year was “Camping Adventures”, and was paired with a canoe and camp setting.  The students attended the three day conference to…

WLEB Nutrient Management Specialist joins Paulding SWCD

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to welcome Manuel Lay as our newest addition to the office as the Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Management Specialist. Manuel covers the following three counties in his position: Paulding, Defiance, and Williams County. Working in multiple counties gives Lay the…

Woodlan FFA Nationally Ranked

The Woodlan FFA Chapter was announced and recognized at the 90th FFA National Convention as a 3 Star National Chapter out of 3 possible stars. The Woodlan FFA Chapter received a plaque for this accomplishment and was recognized on the National FFA Convention stage. This is the highest award bestowed to any chapter by the…

Woodlan FFA Inspires Leadership

The Woodlan FFA Chapter conducted their annual “Leadership Lift-Off” with the 7th grade and 8th grade classes at Woodlan Jr.- Sr. High School. Forty chapter members, chapter officers and Indiana FFA State Officer Emily Kilmer were involved with the planning, promoting and running each of the 5 different activity stations. The five stations were comprised…