By Jerry Mahan
The Greene County Farm Bureau board extended the deadline for applying for the Cecil Houston scholarship to May 31. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving graduating senior planning to pursue an agriculture education in a 2-4 year program.
College students who are continuing their education may apply for the Cecil Huston Farm Bureau $500 Scholarship up to a maximum of four years. Applicant must be attending /or be a graduate of a Greene Co. high school and preference will be given to students whose parents or grandparents are Farm Bureau members.
Application deadline is May 31 and applications can be downloaded from http://ofbf.org/counties/greene/ or contact the Farm Bureau office at 800-443-6830. Their address is Greene County Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 906, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.
Greene County Farm Forum is offering up to $4,000 in scholarships to deserving current year graduating students or college freshmen pursuing higher education in a field related to agriculture. Copies of the application are available from the Greene County Ext. Office at 100 Fairground Road, Xenia and they can be downloaded from the 4-H section of the Greene County Ext. website http://greene.osu.edu. Deadline for applications is April 21.
Current officers for the Greene County Farm Bureau board include (left to right) Mike Hartman vice President, Melinda Lee Ohio Farm Bureau Organizational director for Greene, Darke, Clark, Champaign and Miami counties. Doug Shannon is president. Secretary Denise Percival was able to be present when the picture was taken. For more info on Greene County Farm Bureau call 800-443-6830.
The April 25 meeting of Greene County Farm Forum features the 4 Paws For Ability. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Union United Methodist Church located at 393 Washington Road, Xenia. A meal will be served prior to the program at a cost of $10 per person. Please RSVP Paul Ayres before Friday, April 22 if you intend to have dinner. No reservations are necessary if you just wish to attend the meeting. Contact Paul Ayres at 937-352-6379 or email him at email@example.com. The meeting is open to the public and is sponsored by Greene County Farm Forum.
Newly elected officers of the Greene County Farm Forum are Paul Ayres and Don Coakley (exec. comm.), Jim Byrd sec. /treasurer, Rick Johannes (exec comm.), Bob Johnson VP, Rick Johannes (exec.comm.), and Ron Johannes president. Not shown are Ann Byrd co.-sec/treasurer and Jerry Mahan (exec. comm.).
Greene County Farm Forum meets monthly on the fourth Monday of each month. For more information contact Ron Johannes at 937-376-2686.
New AG educator
Brian Kleinke started as Extension Ag. Educator in Greene County in late January and has been actively working to get to know the county, the people and their needs. He is a graduate of OSU with training in crop science with specialization in plant health as it relates to fruit and vegetable production.
He is also working to help promote urban agriculture. He can be reached at 937-372-9971 or email him at: [firstname.lastname@example.org]email@example.com.
Extension factsheets deleted
In working with a homeowner on termite problems several weeks ago I learned several OSU Ext. factsheets have been removed from their website. In fact those fact sheets over five years old were removed to have them checked for accuracy particularly with respect to chemical recommendations for one. They will be added once they have been checked by the authors.
Mulched to death
To avoid killing your plants with kindness do not apply more than 2-4 inches of mulch. Applying more mulch can actually provide a waterproof barrier for your plants and in the spring can keep the soil cooler which will slow plant growth.
In follow-up to an article I wrote a few weeks ago dealing with lead I add this comment for those of you with filtered water pitchers or water filters installed at the tap. Check the fine print as most water pitchers do not remove lead while many water filters applied at the tap will do this. Check your instructions which came with your unit to verify.
Jerry Mahan is a retired OSU Extension Educator Agriculture and Natural Resources for Greene County. He can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.