The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, May. 18, 2022

Crestview FFA members Katy Williamson, Emma Wells, Kate Leeth, Abby Detrich, Dakota Parrish and Avery Figley attended the 94th annual FFA State Convention held May 5-6 in Columbus. Before leaving they stopped at Pioneer Seed in Scott to learn about the different types of seeds and how they are made. They also visited the Ohio State University of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences and were given a tour by one of the students. At the convention, the members were taught different leadership skills and learned how to strive for success. While at the convention Katy Williamson and Emily Grelauch earned their State Degrees. Avery Figley/special to the VW independent

POSTED: 05/12/22 at 12:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Farm

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The recipients of the 2022 Farm Focus Inc. scholarships are Brooke Bockey, Hanna Scaggs, Evan Bowersock and Kathryn Williamson.

Bockey and Scaggs were each awarded $1,000 while Bowersock and Williamson each received $500.

Bockey is a 2019 Spencerville High School graduate and is attending Ohio State University, main campus. She is an animal science major and plans to continue her education to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Scaggs is a 2020 Lincolnview High School graduate and is attending Wright State University, Lake Campus majoring in agribusiness. Her career goal is agricultural financing and loans.

Bowersock will be a 2022 graduate of Lincolnview High school. He plans to attend Wright State University, Lake Campus in the fall and will major in agriculture.

Williamson will be a 2022 graduate of Crestview High school and plans to attend Wright State University, Lake Campus in the fall, majoring in animal science.

Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 to promote agriculture in Van Wert County and the surrounding area. It is their continued mission to assist Van Wert County students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a degree in an agricultural related field.

POSTED: 04/26/22 at 2:11 pm. FILED UNDER: Farm

The Crestview FFA Chapter recently held its 86th banquet and hundreds of members and guests gathered together to celebrate the achievements members made throughout the year. During the banquet there were many awards given, based on the worth ethic along with the placing of the members in multiple CDEs throughout the year. Along with their placings, members who received their State and American degrees. The degrees take record keeping, community service, and other qualifications which make them go above and beyond. This year’s banquet meal was prepared and served by Gibsons Barnyard BBQ. Photo submitted

POSTED: 04/04/22 at 10:50 am. FILED UNDER: Farm

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Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 to promote agriculture in Van Wert County and the surrounding area. It is their continued mission to assist Van Wert County students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a degree in an agricultural related field.

Farm Focus Inc. is offering a minimum of three scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to high school seniors interested in majoring in an Agricultural related program at a university, college, or technical school. In addition to seniors, full time students already enrolled in an undergraduate program in agriculture are also eligible to apply. This also means that a successful applicant from previous years can reapply again this year. The applicant must be a Van Wert County resident. Minimum grade point is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship funds will be submitted directly to the educational institution by Farm Focus Inc. upon receipt of proof of enrollment or a copy of a tuition invoice.

Scholarship applications have been sent to all nine area high schools where Van Wert County students may be enrolled. Applications are available through high school guidance counselors or FFA instructors.

Applications are also available at the OSU Van Wert County Extension office at 1055 South Washington Street, or via email, FarmFocusScholarship@gmail.com. Scholarship applications are in a PDF file format and can be emailed or put on a jump drive. Questions should be emailed.

All completed applications must be emailed, mailed and postmarked or delivered in person no later than April 1 to the OSU Van Wert County Extension Office.

POSTED: 03/01/22 at 9:54 am. FILED UNDER: Farm

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The Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District is offering one $1,000 scholarship to a student studying agriculture, natural resources or closely related fields at any Ohio college or university during the 2021-2022 academic year.

The recipient of the scholarship need to have completed their freshman year in college, and must be a Van Wert County resident.

The Scholarship Committee of the Soil and Water Conservation District will review the applications and announce recipients in June. Scholarship money will be sent directly to the recipient’s college or university at the beginning of the academic year.

Criteria for determining the recipient will be area of study, grades, activities, leadership, and commitment to conservation practices. The Soil and Water Conservation District reserves the right to refuse any applications not meeting requirements.

Scholarship applications are available at the Soil and Water Conservation District office, 1185 Professional Drive, Van Wert, online at www.vanwertswcd.org or via e-mail, rebekkah.dowler@nacdnet.net.

Applications and two reference forms need to be received at the office by May 5.

POSTED: 02/08/22 at 4:40 am. FILED UNDER: Farm, News

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COLUMBUS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin issuing additional payments the week of December 13, 2021, for dairy producers who enrolled in 2020 and 2021 coverage through the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) updated the feed cost calculation by using 100 percent premium alfalfa hay rather than 50 percent premium hay in determining the monthly margin, which means an additional $8,097,362 for dairy producers in Ohio. Payments will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020. Dairy operations with 2020 and 2021 contracts will be paid automatically for the applicable months.

“Updating feed cost calculations for DMC to include 100 percent premium hay will help producers to receive more payments,” FSA Acting State Executive Director VanHoose said. “This update builds on other efforts of the Biden-Harris Administration to improve DMC and other key USDA dairy programs.”

In addition to updating the feed cost, USDA announced other dairy-related updates, including the start of the 2022 DMC signup as well as the new Supplemental DMC. Both will run from December 13, 2021, to February 18, 2022. DMC is an important safety-net program. So far in 2021, DMC payments have triggered for January through October for more than $1 billion.

To learn more or to participate in DMC, producers should contact their local USDA Service Center. To determine the appropriate level of DMC coverage for a specific dairy operation, producers can also use the online dairy decision tool. Service Center staff continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email and other digital tools.

Because of the pandemic, some USDA Service Centers are open to limited visitors. Producers should contact their Service Center to set up an in-person or phone appointment. Additionally, more information related to USDA’s response and relief for producers can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

POSTED: 12/10/21 at 10:19 am. FILED UNDER: Farm

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A student from Van Wert County has been announced as the winner of one of five $3,000 scholarships awarded through the AgCredit’s Joe Leiser Memorial Scholarship program.

Elizabeth Vorst of is a junior at The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in agribusiness, applied economics and animal sciences.

“AgCredit is proud to invest in the next generation of agricultural leaders,” President and CEO Brian Ricker said. “These young men and women are key to transforming our nation’s ag industry as science and innovation spark solutions for the challenges 21st century producers face.”

Other scholarship winners announced by AgCredit were:

  • Claire Meyer of Wood County, a junior at The Ohio State University, where she is studying agricultural communication and agribusiness.
  • Eric Ritter of Hancock County, a senior at The Ohio State University, where he is majoring in agribusiness, applied economics and coaching education.
  • Elizabeth Strine of Marion County, a junior at The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in community leadership and development and strategic communication.
  • Ryanna Tietje of Wood County, a sophomore at The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in agribusiness and applied economics.

Leiser served as the first president and chief executive officer of AgCredit, which is one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders, serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners.

The annual program recognizes dependent family members of AgCredit voting stockholders who are enrolled in an agriculture-related field of study at a post-secondary educational institution. The cooperative has awarded over $138,000 since the scholarship program began in 1989.

POSTED: 11/10/21 at 1:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Farm

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing a higher loan limit will be available for borrowers seeking a guaranteed farm loan starting Oct. 1, 2021, from $1.776 million to $1.825 million.

“Farm loans are critical for our customers’ annual operating and family living expenses, emergency needs, and cash flow,” FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said. “Raising the guaranteed loan limit will allow FSA to better meet the financial needs of producers as natural disasters and the pandemic continue to impact their operations.”

FSA farm loans offer access to funding for a wide range of producer needs, from securing land to financing the purchase of equipment. Guaranteed loans are financed and serviced by commercial lenders. FSA provides up to a 95% guarantee against possible financial loss of principal and interest. Guaranteed loans can be used for both farm ownership and operating purposes.

In fiscal year 2021, FSA saw continued strong demand for guaranteed loans. FSA obligated more than $3.4 billion in guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans. This includes nearly $1.2 billion for beginning farmers. The number of guaranteed borrowers has grown by 10% to more than 38,750 farmers and ranchers over the last decade. FSA expects the increasing demand for farm loans to continue into fiscal year 2022.

Disaster Set-Aside Extension

USDA has additional support available to producers given the recent outbreaks of the COVID-19 Delta variant and has extended the availability of COVID-19 Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) for installments due through Jan. 31, 2022. In addition, FSA will permit a second DSA for COVID-19 and a second DSA for natural disasters for those who had an initial COVID-19 DSA. Requests for a COVID-19 DSA or a second DSA must be received no later than May 1, 2022.

Last year, FSA broadened the use of the DSA. Normally used in the wake of natural disasters, the DSA can now allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19 and determined to be eligible, to have their next payment set aside. The set-aside payment’s due date is moved to the final maturity date of the loan or extended up to twelve months in the case of an annual operating loan. Any principal set-aside will continue to accrue interest until it is repaid. This will improve the borrower’s cash flow in the current production cycle.

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Producers can explore available options on all FSA loan options at fsa.usda.gov or by contacting their local USDA Service Center. Service Center staff continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email and other digital tools. Because of the pandemic, some USDA Service Centers are open to limited visitors. Contact your Service Center to set up an in-person or phone appointment. Additionally, more information related to USDA’s response and relief for producers can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

POSTED: 10/05/21 at 9:57 am. FILED UNDER: Farm

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Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 to promote agriculture in Van Wert County and the surrounding area. It is its continued mission to assist county students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a degree in an agriculture related field. 

Farm Focus Inc. is offering a minimum of three scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to high school seniors interested in majoring in an Agricultural related program at a university, college, or technical school.
In addition to seniors, full-time students already enrolled in an undergraduate program in agriculture are also eligible to apply. This also means that a successful applicant from previous years can reapply again this year.

Applicants must be Van Wert County residents, with a minimum grade point of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship funds will be submitted directly to the educational institution by Farm Focus Inc. upon receipt of proof of enrollment or a copy of a tuition invoice.

Scholarship applications have been sent to all nine area high schools where Van Wert County students may be enrolled, so contact a high school guidance counselor, or FFA Instructor for your scholarship application. 
The application is available at the OSU Van Wert County Extension office at 1055 S. Washington St. in Van Wert or by email at FarmFocusScholarship@gmail.com.

The scholarship application is in a PDF file format and can be emailed or placed on a jump drive. Questions should be emailed.

All completed applications must be emailed, mailed and postmarked or delivered in person no later than April 9 to the OSU Van Wert County Extension Office.

POSTED: 03/22/21 at 6:54 am. FILED UNDER: Farm

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana — Tradexpos Inc. has decided to cancel the 32nd annual Fort Wayne Farm Show scheduled to be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, March 9-11. 

Thousands of people from Indiana and the surrounding area attend the Fort Wayne Farm Show each year to learn about, compare, and purchase products from leaders in the agricultural industry. 

After reviewing the covid-19 regulations for events set by the state of Indiana, and current rates of infection, Tradexpos Inc. consulted with the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum about alternative options to proceed. There was not an option that would satisfy both Tradexpos’ high standard for the Fort Wayne Farm Show and the state regulations. 

“We exhausted multiple safety precautions in order to produce the iconic Fort Wayne Farm Show including: moving the show to March, modifying the floor plan, and providing extra masks and sanitizer,” said Show Director Dan Slowinski. “In the end, although canceling the show was a tough decision, I feel we are taking the best course of action for everyone involved. I have no doubt the Fort Wayne Farm Show will return stronger than ever in 2022.” 

The Fort Wayne Farm Show is scheduled to resume in 2022 on January 18-20. 

POSTED: 02/05/21 at 11:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Farm