XENIA — Greene County Farm Bureau’s recent annual meeting included the induction of Jim Corbet and Richard Spracklen into the Greene County Agriculture Hall of Fame and awarding of their annual scholarship on Aug. 10.
Corbet currently serves as an agronomic solutions advisor with Sunrise Cooperative; gives leadership to the Greene County Agronomy Board and has served as an adjunct professor with the agriculture program at Clark State Community College.
Spracklen was recognized for his 30 years of service as a 4-H Advisor and his leadership to various agriculture organizations including the Greene County Sheep and Wool Association.
Madison Kilbarger was the recipient of the Greene County Farm Bureau Agriculture Scholarship for $1,500. She is a graduate of Greeneview High School and is attending the University of Tennessee majoring in agricultural business with a specialty in law.
Newly elected trustee of the Greene County Farm Bureau Board includes Denise Percival.
Some of the proposed policies for 2017-2018 were approved by the membership and include: urging local officials to update the Greene County farmland Preservation Task report, the opposition of the elimination of township trustees positions, the encouragement of the legalization of killing black vultures and non–migratory Canada geese in Ohio and supporting local and state initiatives to control and reduce the use and spread of illegal drugs.
Guest speaker during the meeting was Chris Widener who gave an update on the progress and changes in the Central State University programs and courses offered by the University including the recent designation as Ohio’s second Land Grant University.
The annual meeting was held at the Cedarland Event Center with Greene County Farm Bureau President Doug Shannon presiding with assistance from Farm Bureau Organizational Director Ashley Rose. Newly elected Greene County Farm Bureau President Dan Jones was introduced by outgoing president Doug Shannon.
Upcoming programs offered by the group include a grain bin safety demonstration which will be presented at the Old Timers Days Festival at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Greene County Farm Bureau members can receive a free pass to the event by contacting the Farm Bureau Office in Wilmington at 937-382-4407.
– Nationwide Insurance will present their “Land is Your Legacy” program 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Wilmington College Kelly Center. Call 937-382-4407 for reservations.
– Greene County Farm Bureau is a co-sponsor of the test your well event 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in the Fairgrounds Dining Hall, 120 fairground Road. Residents of the county can bring in water samples from their well for free testing for nitrates, iron and for the first 70 households free testing for lead, manganese and arsenic.
Additional tests for bacteria are $20 and Greene County Farm Bureau members can pick up a $20 voucher credit for the test at the event. For more information contact the Greene Soil and Water Conservation office at 937-372-4478 x3.