Got an Old Hay Wagon? Ashtabula County 4-H Needs One!

The Ashtabula County Fair Board, Junior Fair Board and Ashtabula County 4-H is looking a 3-4 ton flat top hay wagon at minimum 8’x16’ for storing and hauling the Junior Fair Booth Boards used in the 4-H Expo Building during Fair. Please contact Tony Felicijan at 440-474-2145 if you have a wagon to use. Your donation is tax deductible.

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Dine and Make a Difference for Ag Education on May 16-17 at Ohio Bob Evans Restaurants

Looking for a great way to support agriculture and at the same time get a great meal? If so, mark May 16-17 on your calendar as Ohio Farm Bureau and Bob Evans are partnering to support a trio of organizations that enhance education and experience of youth in agriculture. The goal of the fundraiser is to increase awareness of the importance of agriculture education programs supported by Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio 4-H and Ohio FFA. Plan to visit any of the 194 Bob Evans Restaurants in Ohio on May 16 or 17 to share your support. When diners present a flyer at check-out, Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of the sale to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio 4-H Foundation and Ohio FFA Foundation. Dine in, carryout and catering orders will count toward the fundraiser. Catering orders must be placed by May 9.

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Mitigation of Cold Damage in Grapevines: Science & Practice Workshop to be held on April 21, 2016 in Wooster, Ohio

The OSU Viticulture Program would like to invite Ohio Grape Producers to a special workshop titled “Mitigation of Cold Damage in Grapevines: Science & Practice” featuring, Dr. Martin Goffinet, a world-renowned expert on grapevine biology from Cornell University. This workshop will be held on April 21, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the OARDC Research Building, Room 130, in Wooster, Ohio.

At this workshop, Dr. Goffinet will share his wealth of knowledge and research experience on grapevine anatomy and what happens when grapevines are damaged by cold. He will also present research on cane burial as a winter protection method with its pros and cons, followed by hands-on demonstration of assessing buried canes. The topics which will be presented at this workshop include:

Ø Cold injury and repair: How does the grapevine do it?

Ø Burying canes to avoid winter damage: What research tells us

Ø Is cane burial worth the hassle and extra cost?

Ø Hands-on assessment of damage in canes “buried’ in 2015

Ø Current situation in the vineyard (update by Dr. Imed Dami)

To register, please contact Diane Kinney at kinney.63 or by phone at 330-263-3814. Registration fee of $10 (includes handouts and refreshments) is payable at the door by cash or check. More information: workshop flyer (attached) or visit Buckeye Appellation website at: http://ohiograpeweb.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/sites/grapeweb/files/imce/pdf_events/2016%20Mitigation%20of%20Cold%20Damage%20Flier_dk_final%20%2012%20April.pdf

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Cranberry Compound May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

By Rosalie Marion Bliss
March 8, 2016

A new cranberry bioactive component that has the potential to control urinary tract infections (UTIs) has been identified by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and collaborators. The bioactive component, referred to as SSGG fraction, is found in cranberry juice and is purified from enzyme-treated cranberry pulp. SSGG was found to inhibit Escherichia coli—the most common bacterial cause of UTIs—from sticking to human cells in laboratory tests.

The work was led by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant physiologist Arland Hotchkiss with colleagues at the Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, in collaboration with university and private-sector researchers. The work was supported by an agreement with Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. based in Lakeview, Massachusetts.

UTIs are the second most common type of infection in humans, leading to more than 8 million doctors’ visits annually. UTIs are treated with antibiotics, but natural substances that help prevent UTIs could be useful because antibiotics can lead to bacterial resistance.

In cranberries, the researchers studied the structure of plant compounds called “xyloglucan oligosaccharides” and identified the SSGG type that has the potential to help control UTIs. A study reporting the findings was published in the May 2015 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

ARS and Ocean Spray representatives have a recently approved patent describing how to produce cranberry xyloglucan oligosaccharides that have antiadhesive activity.

In laboratory experiments using test tubes and cell cultures, the researchers tested cranberry xyloglucan SSGG oligosaccharide’s ability to interfere with the attachment of specific bacterial strains to urinary tract cells. They found that xyloglucan oligosaccharides inhibited the adhesion of E. coli strains to human bladder epithelial cells and human colonic epithelial cells. Studies into possible benefits of cranberry compounds for mitigating UTIs have thus far been conducted using laboratory vessels. The efficacy of cranberry xyloglucan SSGG oligosaccharides can now be tested in human clinical trials.

ARS is USDA’s principal intramural scientific research agency.

Read more about this work in the March 2016 issue of AgResearch.

http://agresearchmag.ars.usda.gov/2016/mar/cranberry/

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Ashtabula County Dairy Banquet to be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016

OSU Extension and the Ashtabula County Dairy Service Unit are pleased to announce the 66th Annual Dairy banquet will be held at the Lenox Community Center on Saturday, March 19 and will begin promptly at 8 p.m. The banquet program will consist of the crowning of the 2016Dairy Princess; the presentation of production and 4-H awards; and the election of two members to the Dairy Service Unit Board. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from Dairy Service Unit Board members, Tom Coltman of Wayne, Joel Baldwin of Sheffield; Jason Brinker of Rock Creek; Matt Springer of Lenox; Lisa Kalas of Jefferson; and from David Marrison at the Ashtabula County Extension office at 39 Wall Street in Jefferson. Pre-sale tickets are required this year. Please purchase your ticket by March 11, 2016. For more information about this program contact the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.

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Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School Reservations Due Today

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. Reservations for this program are due by noon on March 8, 2016. Ohio Grape Producers are invited to this power-packed school! 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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Bids Being Taken for Brillion Grass Seeder by SWCD

The Ashtabula Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a 1992 Brillion Grass Seeder Model SS-10 for sale by sealed bid. The Brillion Grass Seeder is being offered “AS IS” with no warranty. Sealed bids are due to the Ashtabula Soil and Water Conservation District, 39 Wall Street, Jefferson, Ohio 44047 by 4:30 p.m. on April 19, 2016. The bids will be opened at the regularly scheduled monthly board of supervisors meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on April 19, 2016.

Equipment can be seen at District Office parking lot at 39 Wall St., Jefferson beginning on Friday, April 1st or by visiting the District’s website at “ashtabulaswcd.org”. The Brillion Grass Seeder will be sold to the highest bidder, except that the supervisors may reject all bids and hold another sale. A minimum bid has been set at $3,000.

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