The Erie County SWCD and OSU Extension will host the North Central Ohio Wildlife Management Conference for the Private Landowner from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at the BGSU Firelands Campus.
The event is intended to provide resource material to landowners interested in managing wildlife and woodlands in North Central Ohio.
Pre-registration is required. The registration fee of $20 includes refreshments, handouts and lunch. Due to limited space, registration will be limited to the first 100 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions or registration contact the Erie SWCD at (419) 626-5211, or Erie OSU Extension Office at (419) 627-7631.
Here are some agri-business notes from the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency:
Northern Ohio Crops Day: This annual event has a full day of information for the producers. The event will be held on Feb. 8 at Ole Zim's Wagon Shed, 1375 N. Ohio 590, Gibsonburg, Ohio. The $15 admission helps pay for lunch and provides the attendee with a copy of the Weed Control Guide for Ohio and Indiana. For more information contact your local OSU Extension Service.
Pesticide license: Private pesticide license recertification sessions for 2007 will be held in Erie County from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at EHOVE. In Huron County you can attend the session from 6 to 9 p.m. March 20 at the Huron County OSU Extension Office, 180 Milan Avenue, Norwalk. The cost of either class is $15. Contact your SWCD or OSU Office for registration and more information.
Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference: This conference will be held Feb. 22 and 23 at Ohio Northern University. The program will feature the latest in crop technology, innovative farmer panels, Ag Industry Trade Show, variety of new speakers and topics, CCA credits for all CCA categories. For a program brochure and registration information contact your local OSU Extension or SWCD Office.
n Northern Ohio Small Fruit School: This school will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. March 14 at EHOVE, Building A, Room 101. The program cost, payable at the door, is $5, or your check can be mailed to the Erie County OSU Extension Office. The program will provide topics from getting started in fruit production to focusing on particular crops. Several speakers from OSU Extension will provide the information.
Foreign buyers notification: The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency administers this program for USDA. Foreign persons who have purchased or sold agricultural land in the county are required to report the transaction to FSA within 90 days of the closing. Failure to submit the AFIDA form could result in civil penalties of up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the property. County government offices, Realtors, Attorneys and others involved in real estate transactions are reminded to notify foreign investors of these reporting requirements.
Diana Strouse is the county executive director for the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency. For more information, call the agency at (419) 668-4113.