Morning briefing – Jan. 16


WALMART MARKS DAY OF GIVING – Walmart hosted seven check presentations around the state of Ohio this week to celebrate a “Day of Giving” in which 12 nonprofit organizations received $356,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation’s Ohio State Giving Council. Walmart’s “Day of Giving” featured presentations in Ashland, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Logan, Marietta and West Chester. In Columbus, local Walmart representatives recognized three area organizations for their dedication to the community and presented funding on behalf of the Walmart Foundation so that the organizations can continue their work.

“Helping organizations in our communities that help others to live better is something that is very important to Walmart and the Walmart Foundation,” said James Davis, Manager of the Georgesville Road Walmart Supercenter. “We are very pleased to be able to support those organizations in central Ohio that fight hunger, provide educational experiences for our youth, supports our military families and helps those in need with clothing and shelter.”

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, workforce development and education.

OHIO FARM BUREAU TAKES PART IN NATIONAL CONVENTION – Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) was well represented during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 97th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Ohio received all six Awards of Excellence, which recognize excellence in membership achievement and implementation of outstanding programs serving members. The awards are earned by states that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in any of these six program areas: Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation, and Public Relations and Communications.

American Farm Bureau recognizes the best county Farm Bureau programs through its County Activities of Excellence (CAE) awards, and this year seven of 24 of those top projects and activities came from Ohio. The county Farm Bureaus that won for their innovative programs were Athens-Meigs, Auglaize (and partnering Farm Bureaus in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Shelby and Union counties), Clermont, Fulton, Knox, Medina and Pike. They showcased their innovative programming at the IDEAg Trade Show during AFBF’s convention.

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation also received the Apex Award, which is given to Farm Bureaus that have increased total contributions to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture by 10 percent or more over the previous year.

CORN-SOYBEAN DAY MARKED – Tips on effective management practices for the 2016 crop production season, including how to manage soybean cyst nematode and how to improve yields with nitrogen timing, will be discussed during the annual Northwest Ohio Corn-Soybean Day Jan. 22.

Offered by Ohio State University Extension, the daylong event will feature multiple farm management presentations as well as some 30 exhibitors from seed and input suppliers, banking, crop insurance, grain marketing, and the farm machinery industry, said Eric Richer, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, in Archbold, Ohio.

Call 419-337-9210 for ticket information.

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