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TMACOG Tech: Agriculture

The November 17 TMACOG Tech session brought an edge-of-field scientist, an agricultural policy expert, a Wood County farmer, and a grain buyer to educate TMACOG members about the agriculture industry in northwest Ohio and the role it plays in the health of Lake Erie.

Seth Miller, a grain buyer for The Andersons, talked about the role of trains, boats, and trucks, in moving and selling millions of tons of grain. Kris Swartz walked through a year in farming with a single payday and 12 months of expenses. He explained that many farmers are rich on paper because of their property and machinery, but might have little actual cash on hand. Kevin King and Dr. Larry Antosch talked about the science and policy behind the 4Rs: nutrients in the right place, right time, right amount, and right source. Even as farmers reduce and right-size the amount of fertilizer they use and add conservation practices, the amount of dissolved reactive bio-available phosphorus in Lake Erie continues to rise. King and Antosch urge additional research before new regulations are enacted.

The complete program was recorded by WGTE’s Knowledge Stream. It will be available for public viewing soon.

Kevin King, Dr. Larry Antosch, Kris Swartz, and Seth Miller answer
questions about agriculture in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Kathy Stout, council member for the City of Fremont; and Shawn Valentine,
Spencer Township trustee, came closest to guessing how many corn kernels
were in the jar. They took home cartons of Dei Fratelli tomato products
courtesy of Hirzel Canning and Farms. Thank you to Doris Herringshaw,
president of Wood County Commissioners, for arranging that donation.
TMACOG Tech was also sponsored by First Energy and Penta Career Center.

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