2016 4-H Carnival to be held March 8th

The 7th annual Ashtabula County 4-H Carnival will be held on Tuesday, March 8th during Ashtabula County 4-H Week at the 4-H Expo Building at the County Fairgrounds in Jefferson from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This event is open to all to encourage families who are interested in 4-H to come and learn about the programs 4-H has to offer.

The 2016 4-H Carnival will be filled with activities and games for youth to participate in with their family and friends. Fun carnival food, like hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones will be available by donation for children of all ages. Exciting and interactive activities and games will be offered representing each 4-H program area at the event where questions on projects can be answered by an advisor or species chair that has knowledge in the project area.

Information on Ashtabula County 4-H will be available for all those in attendance.

For more information on 4-H programs in Ashtabula County, please contact Jenna Hoyt at 440-576-9008 or via email at hoyt.88 or visit our website at www.ashtabula.osu.edu and visit the 4-H Youth Development page.

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“Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School to be Held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Madison, Ohio”

OSU Extension, Tri-County Grape Growers Association, OSU Horticulture & Crop Science Department, and the Ashtabula Research Station for the Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center are pleased to be co-sponsoring the Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Grand River Cellars located at 5750 Madison Road in Madison, Ohio. Ohio Grape Producers are invited to this power-packed school!

Registration for this program will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program running from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During this power packed day, Ohio grape and wine producers will learn valuable updates to increase the profitability of their business. Topics which will be discussed during this school include: governmental assistance programs for damaged vines; managing winter damaged vines; spotted wing drosophila; New York clean vine program & vine varietal trends; the background of ozogation; and getting your farm & personal affairs in order.

The featured speakers for this program are: Darlene Costilow, County Executive Director from the Farm Service Agency; Dr. Imed Dami, OSU Extension Viticuluralist; Dave Scurlock, OSU/OARDC Viticulture Outreach Specialist; Les Ober OSU Extension; Eric Amberg, Operations Manager for Grafted Grapevine Nursery, LLC; Ernie Wilmink, President of AgriOzein; and David Marrison, OSU Extension.

Reservations are due by noon on March 8, 2016. The registration fee for this program is $20 per person which includes program materials, lunch and refreshments. A registration flyer can be obtained at: marrison.2. Ohio Private Pesticide Applicator’s Re-certification Credits have been applied for from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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Ashtabula County Beef Scholarships Applications Available

OSU Extension and the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association are pleased to announce they will be awarding two youth beef scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving 2016 High School Senior who will be attending an accredited full four year college or an accredited two year technical institute in 2016-2017. In addition, one $500 scholarship will be awarded to a current College Student who is currently attending an accredited full four year college or an accredited two year technical institute.

Applicants must be resident of Ashtabula County. The first preference by the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association is the scholarships be awarded to deserving students who have been involved in the beef industry as a youth. Examples of this could include: working on a family beef operation; involved with a beef project through 4-H or FFA; or works on a local beef farm. The second preference for the scholarship recipients would be awarded to students who are currently or will be studying a beef related field in accredited full four year college or an accredited two year technical institute. Previous winners of the $1,000 High School Senior Scholarship are eligible to apply for the $500 College Scholarship. However, the $500 college scholarship can only be received once by a student during their college career.

Applications must be received by the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association by May 1, 2016 for consideration for the scholarship. No late applications will be considered. The application can be obtained at: http://go.osu.edu/ne-events Additional information can be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.

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Ashtabula County Extension office looking for Summer College Student Assistant

OSU Extension in Ashtabula County is looking for a Summer College Student Assistant to assist with the summer 4-H Youth Development program. The purpose of this county based extension internship program is to provide an opportunity for a college student to gain workforce preparation skills to prepare them for success as they enter the first position of their professional careers. This summer position provides valuable pre‐professional experience for educational and community based careers.

The Student Assistant will be provided with a variety of county‐based Extension workforce experiences. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to: assisting the County Staff with Summer Youth Camps, Summer School Enrichment programs, and Junior Fair activities.

Applicants must have completed one year of college and have evidence of successful leadership experience in 4‐H, school and/or community organizations. Candidates should be self-motivated, possess strong organizational skills and must be available to work a flexible schedule including occasional nights and weekends.

This student will be employed for a maximum of 15 weeks with proposed hourly wage is $10‐$12.50 per hour depending on qualifications. Reimbursement for official job travel will be provided according to Extension travel policy. The successful applicant will be required to pass a criminal background check. Interested individuals should complete the employment application and submit a cover letter and resume at http://go.osu.edu/OSUextensionapplication prior to April 15, 2016. Please contact the Ashtabula County Extension Office at 440-576-9008 for more information.

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Beef Cattle Pasture Management Workshop to be held on February 25 in Jefferson

OSU Extension and the Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association would like to invite beef producers to “Beef Cattle Pasture Management” workshop on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the OSU Extension – Ashtabula County office located at 39 Wall Street in Jefferson, Ohio. Area beef producers and 4-H/FFA youth are encouraged to attend this workshop.

During this program, producers will learn the strategies for effective pasture management and how to control troublesome pasture weeds. Learn the key steps to take in getting rid of profit-robbing weeds. Effective pasture management can lead to increased profitability.

This program will feature Breanna Lawyer, Range & Pasture Sales Trainee: Eastern Vegetation Management District for Dow AgroSciences. Breanna’s duties with Dow AgroSciences includes assist farmers in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio with their pasture management needs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business and Management from Purdue University and an Associate’s Degree in Ag Business from Black Hawk College.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. More information about this program can be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.

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2016 Ag Day Sponsors Sought

On May 13, 2016 Ashtabula County will be hosting an Agriculture Day for nearly 1,100 members of the class of 2026 at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds. The goal of program is to educate first graders on where their food comes from and to showcase the different types of agricultural commodities which are being grown in Ashtabula County. OSU Extension is currently seeking sponsors for this year’s event.

During this interactive day, students will be able to get up close and personal with farm animals, crops, fruits, and vegetables at twelve interactive stations relating to our county’s agriculture. They will learn about dairy cows, sheep, horses, beef cows, goats, pigs, alpacas, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Each student will make their own home-made butter and tried their hand at milking a cow. The youth will also learn how seeds are planted to give us an array of tasty fruit and vegetables and how they are processed into foods that we enjoy. For instance, how cucumbers are transformed into pickles and how tomatoes are turned into ketchup, salsa and spaghetti sauce. They will learn about root crops like carrots and potatoes and the importance of bees in agriculture.

The cost of hosting this event is over $10,000 (both monetary and in-kind) and without the support of many this program would not have been possible. To help fund the 2016 Ag Day we are offering 5 levels of sponsorship. These are:

Ø Platinum Sponsorship -$1,000 and over

Ø Gold Sponsorship – $500 to $999

Ø Silver Sponsorship -$250 to $499

Ø Bronze Sponsorship – $100 to $249

Ø Friends of Ag Day – $1 to $99

We are asking all Ashtabula County farms, agribusinesses, and supporters of Ashtabula County Agriculture to consider making a donation to help us educate our youth about agriculture. Your gift to this program is 100% tax deductible. More information about becoming a sponsor for this program can be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.

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Agronomic Crop Research Experience (ACRE) Summer Interns Sought for 2016

The Ohio State University Agronomic Crops Team is continuing a new summer program in 2016 aimed at providing a rich training experience to undergraduate students in a diversity of disciplines related to agronomic crop research. These Agronomic Crop Research Experience (ACRE) Interns will support OSU on-farm research, by being placed in strategic locations or hubs of research throughout the state. They will work to help facilitate better integration of research, education and outreach overall.

Specifically, the ACREs program strives to:

Ø Provide valuable, hands-on training to undergraduate students in a variety of agronomic crops disciplines to prepare them for careers in extension, research or industry

Ø Provide a network of research assistants to help collect data from on-farm field trials throughout the state, more effectively expanding on-farm research capabilities

Ø Enable greater independent research initiatives by county educators

The primary responsibilities of the ACRE interns will be to assist with crop scouting, sample collection, field data collection, laboratory analysis, data entry, field plot maintenance and crop reporting. Other activities related to research, extension and outreach are also likely, including administrative and clerical work. ACREs interns will form a cohort and will meet semi-regularly for trainings and to discuss the work they completed and any challenges faced. These trainings will happen at different locations throughout the state.

The 2016 ACRE location hubs are listed below. Note that there is an office location listed for each hub, but this location may be flexible and an intern could be based at another OSU extension office within that hub.

1. Fulton, Defiance, Williams and Paulding Counties, main office likely in Wauseon

2. Wood County, main office likely in Bowling Green

3. Trumbull, Ashtabula, Geauga and Mahoning Counties, main office likely in Cortland

4. Darke, Miami, Mercer and Auglaize Counties, main office likely in Greenville

5. Madison, Champaign and Fayette Counties, main office likely in London

6. Ross County, main office likely in Chillicothe

7. Knox, Delaware, Morrow and Licking Counties, main office likely in Mt Vernon

8. Wayne and Tuscarawas Counties, main office likely in Wooster

The ACRE program will last approximately 12-14 weeks. A mandatory, 2 day training will be held in Wooster, on May 11-12th and the program will finish around Aug 12th – 19th, 2016. Interested students should be 1) currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, 2) just finishing their undergraduate degree this semester, or 3) planning on starting graduate school this fall. Applicants must be able to work independently. They should be professionally motivated to help farmers make research-based management decisions. Students must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable personal vehicle and must be willing to travel extensively over the duration of the summer. All mileage will be reimbursed at the standard University rate ($0.54 per mile). These internships are paid, full-time positions that will last for 12-14 weeks. Pay will be $11 per hour at 38 hours per week. There should be some flexibility for taking vacation depending on student interest, workload and county educator need. Applications should be submitted by January 29th 2016 as a single pdf file to Steve Culman at culman.2.

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