7 June 2013 South Africa has signed an agriculture agreement with Argentina, extending the country’s programme of opening up markets with non-traditional trading partners. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson signed a statement of intent with her Argentine counterpart, Norberto Yauhar, in Pretoria on Thursday. The agreement aims to strengthen agricultural development and cooperation between the two countries at technical, operational and policy levels. Speaking through a translator, Yauhar said the agreement would enhance South-South cooperation, particularly in improving agricultural production efficiencies, sharing technologies, and facilitating trade in agricultural products. Yauhar invitated Joemat-Pettersson to visit Argentina to study the country’s agricultural models first-hand. The second-largest country in both South America and Latin America, Argentina shares South Africa’s interest in developing small-scale farmers, as well as in promoting “no till” technologies and bio-safety. Joemat-Pettersson expressed South Africa’s appreciation for Argentina’s assistance in preparing for the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s 14th World Forestry Congress, to be hosted in Durban in 2015. Argentina has participated in a number of events in South Africa, showcasing agricultural capital goods produced by medium-sized companies. Argentinian products have been exhibited at South Africa’s Nampo Harvest Day every year since 2008, and there has been extensive collaboration in the experimental field of “no till” technologies since 2007. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio River Valley Texas Longhorn Association’s 19th annual Texas Longhorn show was staged at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at Wooster on July 16. The show was organized by president Andrew Morris of Malhonding and past president Tim Mills of Perrysville. The ORVTLA is an affiliate of the International Texas Longhorn Association.Registered Texas Longhorn cattle sparred for championship awards with 56 International Texas Longhorn Association approved classes offered. Contestants came mostly from Ohio, but several were from Indiana, Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania.The ITLA approved judge for the show was Stacy Workman of Gettysburg, Penn. Stacy and her husband Dan have raised Texas Longhorn cattle for 11 years and are serious competitors in the NETLA circuit. She is a home-school mother of three.Unique classes included early starters “Pee Wee” classes, Youth Halter, Open Halter and Non Halter. Unlike other breeds, ITLA shows are popular for the Non Halter classes where cow/calf pairs, exhibition steers and all ages of registered cattle show freely in the show arena. Unlike traditional shows where cattle are clipped, trimmed, placement corrected with show sticks and especially fitted, each animal is judged casually in the arena. Judging evaluation takes into consideration poise, disposition, mothering ability, travel, as well as all other points of purity and conformation.The crowd in attendance was believed to be the largest of the previous shows. Due to the efficient and clean facility, Tim Mills has already contracted to use the Wayne County Fairgrounds again for the 2017 event.The All Age Grand Champion Non Halter Female was Jam Packed, a 2012 daughter of Jamakizm, owned and exhibited by Dickinson Cattle Co, LLC of Barnesville. The All Age Champion Halter Steer was Clear Mileage by Clear Win, a 2014 steer exhibited by Callan Cattle Co, of Newark. The Grand Champion Halter Female was Misty, a 2013 cow, owned by Tomey Farms, Bedford, Ind. The Grand Champion Halter Bull was Drum Roll, a 2015 son of Drag Iron owned by Dickinson Cattle Co and shown by Kara Dickinson of Barnesville. The All Age Grand Champion Halter Steer was Sir Black Knight born in 2009, owned and shown by Barry Elam, Pataskala.To be a part of Ohio’s fast growing family of Texas Longhorn producers those interested are encouraged to join ORVTLA. To become a member. Contact secretary Martha Sherer at 419-756-8369 or [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171212Snow will overspread the state today, with some significant lake effect snows in the northeast quadrant of Ohio. Snow coverage may not be quite as significant with 60% coverage of at least some snow, but the 2-5 inch totals in NE Ohio are still right on target, and will be around already this morning. While the snow tapers off in intensity and coverage this afternoon, we expect some hit and miss snow flurries to be around through the overnight and in spots even for the first half of tomorrow.However, our next clipper is in faster, with snows developing Wednesday afternoon and going into early Thursday. We are increasing snow coverage to 80% of the state, and we will ride with 1-4 inch snows from NW Ohio across central and eastern parts of the state. Areas that do not see the 1 inch total can easily see a coating to an inch. This will be a nearly statewide event. But, since it comes in faster, it is likely gone faster as well. There should not be any new falling snow around anywhere in the state shortly after sunrise Thursday. The map above shows cumulative snow through Thursday midday.Friday and Saturday look more active now, and we see several waves of snow moving through. We could add another coating to 2 inches over about 60% of the state those two days combined. SW parts of the state have the best chance of missing out, and also have the best chance of seeing temps climbing a bit higher for the period. Still, we look for less moderation in temps, as cold air looks to reassert itself.Sunday afternoon into Monday we have another low moving through. This wraps some warm air up in front of it, but has significant snow potential on the backside. So, we can see a few hundredths to tenth of rain in southern and eastern Ohio Sunday afternoon, and then 1-3 inches of snow on the backside of the low Sunday night through Monday over the state.We then turn a little drier for later Monday afternoon through midweek. Temps remain normal to slightly below. While we do see a large part of the state trying to climb above freezing, we do not see as strong of southwest flow now and think that any bump in temperatures will be minor. Lake snows and strong north winds are back by Thursday, and temps head back down.The extended period still shows plenty of cold air, and we look for snows around the 21st into the 22nd. There should be good coverage over the state, but the question remains concerning any liquid that may try to mix in. Behind that, we are dry through Christmas weekend, with snow trying to develop out of an upper level low coming through the great lakes Christmas night into the 26th.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentThe membership team of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and volunteers throughout the state set some lofty goals at the start of the 2019 membership campaign. After a full year of countless events, meetings, phone calls and contacts, those efforts culminated into goals being met and exceeded, as the final tally for farmer and ag professionals membership gain came in at 107.2%, year over year.“These accomplishments would not be possible without the leadership of our county membership coordinators and the commitment of their dedicated teams of volunteers that invite their family, friends, neighbors and local businesses to join them as a member of our organization,” said Paul Lyons, Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president of membership. “Achieving these goals has even greater meaning, as we celebrate 100 years of doing the important work of our organization.”An impressive 81 counties received the Milestone Award for achieving a gain in farmer and ag professional members, and 14 volunteers won the Murray Lincoln Award for signing up at least 50 new members to Ohio Farm Bureau.“Our members are the core of all the efforts that we make everyday on behalf of farmers,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “Our outstanding membership achievements offer insights to measure our work. The gains we have seen over the past year give our organization a great message and motivation to continue engaging in issues important to rural Ohio.” At the same time these achievements are being recognized, the 2020 membership campaign has begun. To find out more about becoming a member of Ohio Farm Bureau or to volunteer to help the grassroots organization continue to grow, visit ofbf.org/membership.Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ofbf.org. This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230. Leave a Comment