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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
FFA leaders
Six Jay County FFA officers took part in the Character Based Leadership Seminar on Dec. 4 at Huntington University. Pictured, front row from left, are Ashley Braun, Rachel Braun and Huntington University president Sherilyn Emberton. Middle row are Mitchell Kunkler and Dylan Rose. Back row are Ashley Alig and Lyla Muhlenkamp. (Photo provided)
  • Agriculture ambassador
    A Bryant teenager was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to attend a United States Departent of Agriculture sponsored agriculture program in Georgia in June.
  • The record belongs to Jay County.
  • Schwieterman stars
    The FFA acronym derives from the title Future Farmers of America.
  • Assistance available
    Jay County Soil and Water Conservation District hosts annual cover crop field days in order to promote their use, provide information and answer questions.
  • Farmall fix-up
    New parts, new decals and a new paint job.
  • The (chicken) show must go on
    When England banned cock fighting in 1849, chicken breeders had to find other uses for their fowl.
  • Prep for show is progressing
    Jay County Chamber of Commerce will host the inaugural Rural America Farm & Garden Expo in September.
  • Hurt notes change in objectives
    Chris Hurt calls them “food system objectives.”
  • Five local farms were honored in March for longevity in farming.
  • Jay County Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with its Blackford County counterpart and Clean Water Indiana, will host a cover crop field day April 5.
  • Agriculture economy will stay lean
    The American agricultural economy is undergoing a re-set, and it’s going to take a little while before farm incomes are healthy again.
  • Understanding the financial influences that affect crops and farmland could make or break farmers in the years to come.
  • Yields have a wide range
    Consistent rain from June 1 through mid-July resulted in flooding in downtown Portland, the cancellation of Fort Recovery’s Harvest Jubilee and a variety of schedule changes for the Jay County Fair. It was also a scourge for local farmers, with experts in July projected at least a 30-percent crop loss for Jay County.
  • Events are anything but Dull
    It’s not the farm Dana Dull grew up on, but it’s the one she loves helping to run now.
  • For Retter, making baskets is a slam dunk
    She weaved her first basket almost 20 years ago and Connie Retter still enjoys creating them.


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