Farm bureau presents scholarships

NILES – Local students were recognized and presented scholarships from the Trumbull County Farm Bureau at the annual meeting held at Vernon’s Cafe in Niles.

Scholarship recipients were:

Jarred Crowder, son of John and Amie Crowder of Newton Falls, will be a freshman at Westminster College pursuing a degree in environmental agriculture safety and business;

Emily Whitlatch-Culp, daughter of Kent and Monica Culp of Vienna, will be a senior at Sharon Regional Health Systems pursuing a degree in radiographic technologist;

Riley Hardval, daughter of Scott and Kelly Hardval of Fowler, will be at Edinboro University pursuing a degree in biology, pre-medical;

Zane Lehmann, son of Timothy and Jodi Lehmann of Champion, will be a freshman at Ohio State ATI in Wooster pursuing a degree in animal science, dairy;

Jason Lipps, son of John and Jerry Lipps of Kinsman, will be a freshman at the University of Findlay, pursuing a degree in animal science, pre-veterinarian;

Shelby List, daughter of Jeff and Hope List of Mecca, will be a freshman at Hiram College pursuing a degree in psychology;

Shannon Montgomery, daughter of Richard and Susan Montgomery of Newton Falls, will be sophomore at Walsh University pursuing a degree in biology, pre-physical therapy;

Emily Smallsreed, daughter of Gary and Mary Smallsreed of Braceville, will be a freshman at the University of Akron pursuing a degree in nursing.

Also at the meeting, Farm Bureau members elected the following as trustees: Christen Clemson of Cortland, Patty Currington of Fowler, Milton Eddie of Champion, Ron Hillier of Fowler, Diana Marchese of Johnston, Warren McClintock of Fowler and Mary Smallsreed of Braceville.

Elected as delegates for 2014 Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting were James Allen of Braceville, Monica Culp of Vienna, Patty Currington of Fowler and Diana Marchese of Johnston.

Reports included that the Junior Fair livestock auction purchases totaled $3,236.

Statistics on Ohio’s agriculture provided by the bureau included:

That agriculture is the number one contributor at $98 billion to Ohio’s economy. Ohio has more than 75,500 farms with nearly one million jobs, or one of out every seven jobs, is in agriculture;

There are more than 3,200 dairy farms in Ohio with 272,000 cows. Ohio’s cattle farmers raise 1.28 million cows on nearly 17,400 beef cattle farms;

There are 3,700 hog farms in Ohio that raise more than 40 million hogs each year, ranking Ohio ninth in pork production;

Ohio is second in the nation in egg production producing 7.3 billion eggs a year;

Ohio is the number one producer of soft red wheat in the nation producing more than 46 million bushels in 2010;

Ohio is the second largest soybean producing state in the country with 4.5 million acres of soybeans planted in 2009 by 26,000 Ohio soybean farmers.