The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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November 3, 2013

Extension Talk

Letting farmers know how to be certified to compost any mortality which occurs with livestock

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Hello, Ashtabula County!  I cannot believe November is here already.

Today is my favorite day of the year because I got to sleep an extra hour due to the clocks rolling back for the end of Daylight Savings.

I hope Mother Nature holds off winter for a few more weeks. This will allow our farmers to finish soybean harvest and to make a dent in their corn harvest.

We really need a good stretch of weather.

Today, I would like to recap a legislative tour held on Oct. 25 and let farmers know how they can be certified to compost any mortality which occurs with their livestock.

We had a great visit on Friday, Oct. 25 with members of the Ohio House of Representative’s Agriculture Committee.

I was honored to help Dr. John Patterson, District 99 Ohio House Representative, and Mark Winchell, Executive Director of the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau, show the representatives and their legislative aids around the county and to highlight the unique blend of agriculture we have in Ashtabula County.

The House Committee has been traveling around Ohio this summer and fall to make sure they are up to date on what is needed to keep Ohio as a leader in our nation’s agriculture industry.

During our short day, we were able to visit Ferrante’s Winery & Ristorante, drive through the grape harvest in Harpersfield, visit Pleasant Valley Fisheries, see miscanthus production at Aloterra Energy, and visit both the Ashtabula and Conneaut Ports.

I know the representatives and legislative aids were very impressed to learn more about Ashtabula County Agriculture.

During the day we were also able to share ideas on legislation and points of emphasis which will allow our producers to be more profitable, efficient, and effective.

I would like to thank our host stops for opening up their operations for this tour.

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