Events announced to help local animal shelter

The following is a list of upcoming events benefiting the Seneca County Humane Society:

• Garage Sale – Sept. 28 and 29.

• Hawgs for Dawgs – Aug. 3.

• Annual Bash – Feb. 1.

Mental health board meetings coming up

Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties has scheduled meetings.

The Administrative Committee is to meet June 17, the Program Committee is to meet June 19 and a board meeting is planned June 27. All meetings take place at 4:30 p.m.

ODA and OAA expanding voluntary nutrient management plan

REYNOLDSBURG — The Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Agribusiness Association are expanding the Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan Development to 4R Certified Nutrient Dealers in the western Lake Erie basin.

Started as a pilot program with two certified providers, the voluntary program is a partnership with the Ohio Agribusiness Association, in which producers are reimbursed for nutrient management plans. The plans help to ensure 4R principles are put into place.

“Our members understand how important our role is in helping farmers practice proper nutrient stewardship and the 4R’s,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of the Ohio Agribusiness Association. “We’re excited to be part of these programs and stand ready to help northwest Ohio farmers.”

Producers in the western Lake Erie basin can contact their local certified dealers to learn more and sign up for the program.

For more information, call Seneca Conservation District at (419) 447-7073.

PARM members show improvement to Lake Erie water quality

MADISON, Wisc. — The Partnership for Ag Resource Management, a project of the IPM Institute of North America, has been surveying agricultural retailers, or companies that service farmer fields, on product and service sales that benefit water quality since 2012.

The project started after the second-largest recorded algal bloom spread in western Lake Erie, heightening concerns about nutrient contributions to the Lake including agriculture, according to a news release from the organization. Up until then, and still today, many agencies work one-on-one with farmers to install conservation practices, the news release said. But the organization asked if there was a possibility of reaching farmers on a larger scale.

Originally, PARM began to connect ag retailers and with farmers in the Sandusky River watershed, and then expanded to the entire Great Lakes Basin in 2015 and the Upper Mississippi River Basin in 2018. Ninety ag retailers servicing over 5.3 million acres participated in PARM’s 2018 season survey and contributed to reducing an estimated 6.4 million pounds of total phosphorus and 59.8 million pounds of total nitrogen from entering waterways, the release said.

Products and services such as variable rate fertilizer application, where fertilizers are applied according to results from multiple soil samples within a field, help to reduce runoff, the release said. This is the preferred method as opposed to standard application which is a one-size-fits-all prescription applied throughout all acres.

Other products and services such as considering weather events such as snowfall and rain before fertilizer application can help stymie runoff along with cover crops, the release said, which protect soil from erosion over the winter and absorb nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers.

During the last six years, retailers who have participated with PARM in the Sandusky River watershed have increased sales of these beneficial products and services, the release said, which directly increases the amount of acres that are keeping fertilizers on fields and out of waterways.

AgCredit elects board members

FOSTORIA — Three farmers have been elected to serve on the AgCredit board of directors, one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders to farmers, agribusinesses and rural home owners.

Kevin Flanagan of Findlay, Dusty Sonnenberg of Hamler and Deborah Johlin-Bach of Elmore are to serve three-year terms.

Flanagan is serving his first term on the board, representing members of the co-op in region 3, which consists of Hancock and Hardin counties. He replaces Jerry Layman of Kenton, whose tenure on the board expired after serving five consecutive three-year terms.

Sonnenberg and Johlin-Bach were each re-elected to serve an additional three-year term.

Sonnenberg originally elected to serve on the board in 2016 and is to continue to represent members in Region 2 – Henry, Wood and western Lucas counties.

Johlin-Back is to continue to serve Region 4 – eastern Lucas, Ottawa and Sandusky counties. She was originally elected to the board in 2007.

AgCredit’s board of directors consists of 10 members, eight of whom are elected by stockholders and two who are appointed by the board to provide diversity and experience.

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Tiffin man indicted

A Tiffin man was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury.

Paul A. Courtney, 28, was charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, both fourth-degree felonies, according to court records.

The grand jury found the alleged incidents were committed in the vicinity of a school, according to his indictment.

State patrol commander honored

COLUMBUS – Lt. Brent Meredith, commander of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol, received one of six CARES awards from Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities at Ohio’s 2019 Opiate and Other Drug Conference: Promoting Solutions for Addiction Throughout Ohio.

He was nominated for the award by Mircea Handru, executive director of Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Counties.

The awards were presented to first-responders and front-line workers who have gone above and beyond in helping people, families and their community deal with the adverse effects of the state’s opiate epidemic, according to a release.

Immersive Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit opens July 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — A new interactive exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is set to open next month. reports that the “Interactive Garage” exhibit opening July 1 will enable visitors to play instruments on their own, or with friends or strangers at the museum.

Visitors can get help with instruments from trained professionals on site.

Rock Hall president and CEO Greg Harris said earlier this year that the museum has been working to create a more immersive, hands-on experience for visitors.

The exhibit opens July 1 and will take up the entire second floor of the museum.

It will include keyboards, mixing boards, guitars, drums, studio space and a lounge for playing acoustic instruments.

Alabama gov OKs chemical castration for sex offenders

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law legislation that would require certain sex offenders to be chemically castrated before their parole.

Gov. Kay Ivey’s press office said Monday that she had signed the bill, which is to take effect later this year. The measure applies to sex offenders convicted of certain crimes involving children younger than 13.

Chemical castration involves injection of medication that blocks testosterone production.