Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association Announces Youth Scholarship Winners

The Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association is announce that three Ashtabula County students have been selected to each receive a $500 ACCA Youth Scholarship for the 2016-2017 School Year. This scholarship fund was established in 2011 to award scholarships to deserving Ashtabula County students for their involvement in the beef industry in Ashtabula County.

The first recipient of a scholarship is Cody Kanicki, son of Bart & Kelly Kanicki, of Pierpont, Ohio. Cody will be graduating from Edgewood Senior this June and will be attending the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) next fall majoring in Renewable Energy with a minor in Beef Production. The second recipient is Ashley Ray, daughter of Jennifer Ray of New Lyme and Joe Ray of Colebrook. Ashley will graduate from Pymatuning Valley High School this spring and will be attending West Virginia University next fall majoring in Animal & Nutritional Science. The final recipient is Nicole Mann, daughter of Sharon Millard and Tim Mann of Pierpont. Nicole is currently attending OSU ATI and is majoring in Dairy Production & Management.

Congratulations to Cody, Ashley and Nicole for being selected for a $500 Ashtabula County Cattlemen’s Association Youth Scholarship.

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USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products–Ashtabula County Benefits

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. The funds come through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“This program expands the types of feedstock that can be used to make renewable fuels and biobased products, laying the foundation for growing more products made in rural America,” said Dolcini. “The Biomass Crop Assistance Program currently supports more than 890 growers and landowners farming nearly 49,000 acres to establish and produce dedicated, nonfood energy crops for delivery to energy conversion facilities, and it is a key piece of USDA’s strategy to grow the rural economy and create new markets for our farmers and ranchers.”

Facilities seeking to be qualified by USDA to accept biomass can begin enrollment between today, May 23, and June 6, 2016. BCAP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a USDA-approved facility that creates energy or biobased products.

In fiscal year 2016, there is $3 million available for BCAP. A portion of the funds will be provided to two existing BCAP projects in New York and Ohio/Pennsylvania to expand acres planted to shrub willow and giant miscanthus. Farmers and forest landowners may enroll for biomass establishment and maintenance payments for these two projects between June 15 and Sept. 13, 2016.

Also, between June 15 to Aug. 4, 2016, USDA will accept applications from foresters and farmers seeking incentives to remove biomass residues from fields or national forests for delivery to energy generation facilities. The retrieval payments are provided at match of $1 for $1, up to $20 per dry ton. Eligible crops include corn residue, diseased or insect-infested wood materials, or orchard waste.

To learn more about BCAP or to enroll in updates, visit or contact your local FSA county office. To find your local county office, visit

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has recognized the biobased economy as one of the pillars that strengthen rural communities, and as a result USDA helped jumpstart efforts to provide a reliable supply of advanced plant materials for biofuels. Over the course of this Administration, USDA has invested $332 million to accelerate research on renewable energy ranging from genomic research on bioenergy feedstock crops, to development of biofuel conversion processes and costs/benefit estimates of renewable energy production. Through BCAP, USDA is incentivizing more than 890 growers and landowners farming nearly 49,000 acres to establish and produce dedicated, nonfood energy crops for delivery to energy conversion facilities, and the department has expanded insurance coverage and other safety net options to support farmers producing biomass for renewable energy.

To ensure those feedstocks are put to use, USDA has invested in the work needed to create advanced biofuels refineries. Under this Administration, USDA has supported efforts to build six new biorefineries to produce advanced biofuels in Louisiana, Georgia, Oregon, Nevada, North Carolina, and Iowa, in addition to three existing facilities in New Mexico, Michigan and Florida previously supported. USDA has also worked to strengthen markets for biobased products. Approximately 2,500 products now carry USDA’s BioPreferred label, which helps consumers make informed decisions about their purchases, giving them assurances that their product was made using renewable materials, such as plants or forestry materials.

Investments in renewable energy and the biobased economy are a leading part of USDA’s commitment to mitigating climate change and promoting a clean-energy economy. This month, the Department is examining what a changing climate means to agriculture and how USDA is working to reduce greenhouse gases. For more information, visit Chapter 5 of

Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion of disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like the Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA’s BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit

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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:

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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.

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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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