Briefly, Jan. 31

Bridges to sponsor concert event

Bridges Community Academy will be sponsoring the Mid-Winter Rock & Roll Beach Blast Friday at Viaduct Bar & Grill, 84 N. Washington St.

Live music will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature Brit & Sean, Joel Starkey & The Party Crashers and Foreplay.

Donations are to be accepted at the door and fun activities are planned throughout the evening benefiting Arts and Technology for Bridges.

Fruth & Company acquires Felton CPA

Fruth & Company, PLL, certified public accountants, acquired Felton CPA Services and has merged into Fruth’s Tiffin office, 479 W. Perry St.

Rex H. Felton, CPA, has been in practice for more than 40 years and plans to continue with Fruth.

After the retirement of Ron Brown, CPA, as a partner in the company, Andy Faber, CPA, MBA, was appointed manager of the Tiffin office. Joseph Wott, retired CPA, continues with the company.

In a news release, Felton said the merger would ensure his clients continued service and expertise he has offered in the past.

Fruth & Company, established in 1948, has offices in Tiffin, Fostoria, Fremont, Delaware, Findlay, Port Clinton and Prospect.

Services include accounting and auditing services and financial statement preparation, payroll preparation and related reports, tax planning and preparation for all types of entities, tax audit representation, business valuations, estate planning, new business start-up consulting and pension plan audits.

For information, call (419) 448-0805 or visit

Koehler & Associates expands to Findlay

FINDLAY – Century 21 Koehler & Associates is to expand its Findlay market presence by merging with Prudential Chaslo Realty Inc.

Broker/owner Stephen Loach of Prudential is to remain with the company as a broker/associate.

James Koehler II, owner of Century 21 Koehler & Associates, became a member of the Century 21 system in 2010 and adds 30 new sales agents in the merger for a total of 45 agents and the largest real estate agency in terms of sales professionals in the Findlay market, and the second largest in terms of transactions.

The company’s office is at 2103 Tiffin Ave., Findlay.

Compost education course is March 26-27

WOOSTER – Ohio Compost Operator Education Course is set for March 26-27 at Shisler Conference Center, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.

The course focuses on commercial-scale facilities and covers topics such as compost principles, site design and operation, regulations and marketing.

Registration is $175 for members of Organics Recycling Association of Ohio and $225 for non-members. Registration deadline is March 19.

For information, call (330) 202-3533 or visit

Forage, grasslands conference Feb. 8

REYNOLDSBURG – Dealing with extremely dry conditions during a growing season such as the drought of 2012 is the topic of this year’s Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg.

Experts from Ohio State University Extension and regional and national experts, are to provide information to producers on how to make pastures and forage crops more resilient and higher yielding, said Mark Sulc, an OSU Extension forage specialist.

Ohio native Chris Teutsch, a forage and livestock specialist at Virginia Tech’s Southern Piedmont Research and Extension Center near Blackstone, Va., will present, “Adapting to our Changing Climate,” which will feature management techniques that can improve pasture production by more than 33 percent while increasing drought tolerance of pastures through a stronger plant root system, Sulc said.

Sulc will present “Alfalfa Response to Sulfur, Gypsum, and Reduced Rates of Phosphorus and Potassium,” which will include findings from a four-year study on the subject, demonstrating how important fertilization is to yield and results of responses to sulfur around the state.

Topics include using warm-season annuals to fill the summer slump and late-season oats.

Registration is $30 for members of the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council and $50 for non-members and includes refreshments, lunch and handouts. A registration form is online at

Small-farm conference set for March

WILMINGTON – Small farm owners who want to learn more about how to increase profits through marketing, expanding operations or adding agritainment amenities can attend workshops and presentations during a small farm conference 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 8-9 in Wilmington.

The conference, to take place at Wilmington College, Boyd Cultural Arts Center, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, is to feature 25 sessions from Ohio State and industry experts and a trade show for small farmers.

Topics include beekeeping, vermiculture, vegetable nutrient management, generating energy, using maps and apps technology for marketing, developing water systems, ag law considerations, financial management and sessions on specialty crops such as Christmas trees, tree grafting, lavender, tomatoes and hops.

The conference is an outgrowth of the Ohio New and Small Farm College, an eight-week program created by OSU Extension that offers an introduction to the business of small farming for those who are new to the industry. The program offers information on budgeting, business planning and how to develop a farm structure, among other issues.

Registration is $20 for the March 8 session and $50 for the March 9 session, or $60 for both days. Registration deadline is March 1.

For more information, visit, call (937) 382-0901 or email

February 14 is Northern Ohio Crops Day

GIBSONBURG – Northern Ohio Crops Day is to take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 14 at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed, 1375 N. SR 590, Gibsonburg.

Topics include pesticide, wood lots after emerald ash borer, weed control, tools in soybean production and pond and water issues.

The program has been approved for private and commercial pesticide recertification credit. Participants can obtain all private recertification credits, and commercial credits and four continuing education credits for certified crop advisers. Due to support from ag sponsors, pesticide recertification credits for private applicators is $30. Commercial credit is $15 per hour.

A $10 donation at the door helps with expenses, including a copy of the 2013 Ohio & Indiana Weed Control Guide.

Lunch is to be provided by exhibitors. The program is a joint effort of Erie Basin EERA Ohio State University Extension.

For more information, call (419) 334-6340 or email

Pesticide recertification classes set

Producers who must recertify for pesticide application may attend class 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. March 11 at Seneca County Ag Center, OSU Extension office, 3140 SR 100.

Other classes are 9 a.m.-noon with testing at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at Luckey Farmers Inc., 1200 W. Main St., Woodville; 6-9 p.m. March 7 at Ottawa County Agricultural Complex, 240 E. Lake St., Oak Harbor; and 1-4 p.m. March 26 at Wood County Fairgrounds Jr. Fair Building, 13800 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green.

There is a $35 charge and all categories are to be covered.

For testing only, register with the Ohio Department of Agriculture by calling (800) 282-1955.

Soil health workshops in February

OTTAWA – Using cover crops such as oilseed radish, cereal rye, cowpea or Austrian winter pea can help growers improve soil health and get higher yields and lower input costs.

Examples of how to do so will be discussed by Jim Hoorman, an OSU Extension educator and an assistant professor studying cover crops and water quality issues, during a series of workshops Feb. 11, 20 and 25.

Workshops are designed to help growers learn how to create healthier soils by increasing carbon content, Hoorman said.

The Feb. 11 workshop includes ecological farming practices, soil ecology and nutrient recycling and using cover crops to adapt to extreme weather.

The Feb. 20 session is to include biology of soil compaction, economics of cover crops and using the cover crop selector tool.

Feb. 25 topics are raising homegrown nitrogen, using grasses and brassica in crop rotation and an open discussion on using cover crops in crop rotation.

Each workshop takes place 7-9 p.m. at the Putnam County office of OSU Extension, 1206 E. 2nd St., Ottawa.

Registration is $20 for all three workshops, or $10 per session. Deadline to register is Feb 6. Handouts, fact sheets, websites and a new Cover Crop Field Guide will be provided.

For more information or to register, contact Hoorman at (419) 523-6294 or