Enjoyed your feast? Thank a farmer

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! If you’re reading this, you either got lost while looking for the ad section, or you want to know what is going on in with agriculture in Trumbull County. If you’re here for the latter, I’ll let you know that most farmers wrapped up their harvest before the snow fell over the weekend.

Small grains and soybeans yields were especially good for Trumbull county farmers this year, with some farms seeing record numbers.

It was a different story for corn, as most farms had an average crop, and yields were highly dependent on where (and when) the rain fell. Overall, most Trumbull County farmers had a better corn crop than the rest of Ohio.

As you sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner — or recover from the feast — don’t forget to give thanks to the farmers who helped make your meal possible.

If you purchased an average 15-pound turkey, that bird required about 45 pounds of feed to reach its final size. Of course, the turkey farmer had to raise the bird, but that feed is made from corn, barley, wheat, milo and a variety of other crops farmers grow here in the U.S.

That’s just the turkey. If we look at the squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, apples, green beans, potatoes, cranberries, pecans, butter, ham and any of the other food we consume on this holiday, you start to see a picture of how incredibly important our farmers are for this day. So when you see a farmer, make sure you say thanks.

We’re in the full swing of the holiday season now, and it is easy to get swept up in gift buying and parties, but please don’t forget the meaning behind the holidays. Make time to volunteer or donate this season to help those less fortunate than yourselves. If you are not sure how you can help, contact your local church, food pantry, community center or nonprofit organizations such as Kiwanis or Rotary.

The holiday season gets busy, but don’t forget that the Trumbull County Master Gardener Volunteers are now accepting applications for their 2017 training class. If you have an interest in gardening and volunteering, and would like to be involved with helping gardeners throughout the county with your expertise, consider becoming a Master Gardener.

To become a MGV, you must complete 50 hours of advanced training and volunteer 50 hours your first year to any of our ongoing projects. We are getting the final details together, but the training class will begin in March and run for eight weeks. We are tentatively scheduling the classes for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday nights in Cortland.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener,  send me an email at beers.66@osu.edu or call our office at 330-638-6783 with your name, address and telephone number.

For information or to register for any of these events, call the OSU Trumbull County Extension office at 330-638-6783 or visit trumbull.osu.edu. Don’t forget to check out and “like” OSU Extension Trumbull County’s Facebook page for current programs and up-to-date information.

Have a great week, and don’t be complacent.

Beers can be reached at beers.66@osu.edu or 330-638-6738.