Area briefs

Ag Field Day upcoming

COVINGTON — Ohio State University Extension is hosting a free field day on fertilizer application on July 11.

“The main focus for the West Ohio Precision Ag field day,” said Amanda Bennett, Ohio State Extension educator from Miami County coordinating the event, “is how to properly place nutrients in the field.”

Speakers from Ohio State Extension and Purdue University, as well as local agronomists, producers and agricultural retailers will attend, said Bennet. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Equipment from local dealers will be on display, and there will also be a drone flying demonstration to highlight how producers can use imagery to guide management decisions on the farm, Bennett said.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Covington High School, 807 Chestnut St., Covington. Participants can visit the indoor exhibits before the education program begins at 9 a.m.

The afternoon events will take place on a nearby farm, where lunch will be provided. Directions to the farm will be available on-site.

CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be available for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) who attend the event, said Bennett.

Participants at this event will also meet the requirements for Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Fertilizer Applicator Certification, which requires growers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of land to be certified by Sept. 30, 2017.

Registration for the field day must be done by June 30 through the Miami County Extension office by calling (937) 440-3945 or emailing

Y offers youth event

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA Robinson Branch is offering a Saturday Night Live Event on Saturday, May 20 for youth in kindergarten through sixth grade. This will be a fun filled night with swimming, gym games, a bounce house, and a movie. Pizza and lemonade will be served during the movie time. Drop off begins at 7 p.m. and pick up is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 for members and $16 for non-members.

Register at the Robinson Branch or over the phone (Robinson at 440-9622). For more information, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or

Ohio Agricultural Council Announces 52nd Class of Hall of Fame Inductees

Holfinger honored by hall of fame

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) recently announced the 2017 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees, including Dwight B. Beougher of Westerville, James J. Buchy of Greenville, Opal Holfinger of Troy, and Virgil L. Strickler of Lakeview. These individuals — who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community — will be inducted as the 52nd Hall of Fame class on Friday, August 4, 2017, during a special breakfast ceremony at the Ohio Expo Center.

“Our executive board is very pleased to be honoring such outstanding individuals, whose passion, creativity and hard work epitomize those qualities sought in inductees for the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame,” said Jim Chakeres, OAC president. “Each stands out individually for exceptional contributions, and their collective decades of service have truly impacted Ohio agriculture.”

Induction will take place in the Cardinal Hall on the fairgrounds, which opened in 2016 and features an expanded Hall of Fame display and salute to Ohio’s agriculture community. The following four inductees will join 221 prior recipients named since 1966 when the program began.

Holfinger of Troy has shared her quiet leadership for the betterment of Ohio agriculture and the state of Ohio through thousands of volunteer hours. For more than five and a half decades, Opal and her late husband Carl, fed cattle in Miami County. As a staunch advocate of Ohio’s beef industry, she served on the Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee from 1988-1996, helping shape the state’s beef council in the very early years of the national beef checkoff program. She also served in many capacities for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Cattle Women, and the Miami County Cattlemen’s Association.

Opal’s service extended into board leadership for 15 years and as treasurer of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Miami County Planning Commission and Zoning Board, Ohio Bicentennial Board and the Ohio Expositions Commission.

The Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame induction annually attracts more than 500 guests to honor the Ohio agricultural community and the select inductees dedicated to Ohio’s largest industry.