The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 20, 2014

Some information on the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Referendum and Ashtabula Co. Agricultural Scholarship Fund

Hello, Ashtabula County! I really enjoyed the weather last weekend, although an early spring cold did not allow me to enjoy it as much as I could have! But of course, this nice weekend was followed by a reality check of colder weather. Urgh!

Today, I would like to hit the variety box of information.

At the end of March, corn producers from across Ohio were asked to cast a ballot for the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Referendum.

The referendum was seeking to increase the state check-off on each bushel of corn sold from 1⁄2 cent per bushel to 3⁄4 of a cent.

This check-off money is used to help promote the corn industry.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture certified that of 964 votes received, 819 votes, or 85 percent supported the referendum, 145 votes, of 15 percent were opposed to the increase. Ashtabula County Extension office was one of the official voting.

Thanks to the producers who took time to vote on this measure.

Again, this year we are inviting individuals, businesses, and past recipients to contribute to the Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship Fund.

This fund awards scholarships to students electing to study agriculture, family and consumer sciences, environmental sciences or natural resources in an accredited full four-year college or an accredited two-year technical institute.

Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. The fund was founded on April 29, 1952 by a group of prominent countians to promote interest in the study of these subjects, which we feel are the foundation of our country’s economy.

We urge you to make your contribution an annual gift to the fund. Gifts of any amount are welcome.

The Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship Fund is a tax exempt, charitable, non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Mail your contribution to Chris Hiestan, 8922 State Route 45, Orwell, Ohio 44076. Please make checks payable to the Ashtabula County Agricultural Scholarship fund.

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