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Tomatoes: Planting to Preservation

For Immediate Release March 25, 2015

Tomatoes: Planting to Preservation

A two-part program titled "Planting to Preservation" is being hosted by Purdue Extension - Washington County. The 2015 program focus will be on Tomatoes. On Tuesday, April 14, Richard Beckort, Ag. & Natural Resources Extension Educator in Jackson County, will present a program on tomato selection, planting, care, possible problems and harvesting. The April 14 program does not have a limit on the number of attendees and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Meeting Room on the lower level of the Wash. Co. Gov. Building (806 Martinsburg Rd., Salem). The Saturday, July 11 program will be from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and will include both classroom and hands-on preservation of tomatoes activities. The program location is to be determined. Class size is limited for the July 11 program is $15 per person. Contact Purdue Extension – Washington County at 812-883-4601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to register for these programs.

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Good Ag. Practices Program for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

For Immediate Release March 25, 2015

Good Ag. Practices Program for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

Good Agriculture Practices from A to Z, will be offered on Wednesday, April 8th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Meeting Room on the lower level of the Washington County Government Building (806 Martinsburg Rd., Salem).  This program features sessions on assessing food safety risk, writing a food safety plan, worker health & hygiene, soil amendments, water sources & quality, and post-harvest safety.  The target audience for this program are current and prospective fruit and vegetable producers, market gardeners and managers of community gardens that distribute produce to the public. The goal is to present current science-based information on how to reduce risk of contamination during production of fruits and vegetables, as well as provide practical knowledge on planning and documenting food safety practices from planting through marketing. The cost is $15 per person.  Lunch is included. The deadline to registration is Monday, April 6. Contact Purdue Extension – Washington County at 812-883-4601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to receive a registration form.

 

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Fall SWCD Conservation Field Day at the farm of Mike Dohoney

Fall SWCD Conservation Field Day at the farm of Mike Dohoney

When is too much clover a bad thing?  Does it pay off to store hay under roof/cover? Can I get forage to grow in my sacrifice lots after winter abuse?  Is there financial assistance out there to help me address these issues on my farm?  All these questions will addressed at the 2015 Fall SWCD Conservation Field Day.  The event will be held at the farm of Mike Dohoney (9675 W. Dohoney Road [off of Kays Chapel Road], Fredericksburg, IN 47120) on Monday, August 24th.   Registration/meal will be from 4:45-5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m.  This event will feature many livestock and pasture conservation ideas including:  hay storage barns and the value of storing hay under roof/cover; sacrifice areas--how to provide forage in this area even after winter abuse; hands-on assessment grasses and legumes in the pasture/hay field—when do you need to add legumes or renovateand program funding opportunities.

The field day is made possible by the following: Mike Dohoney, Washington County SWCD, NRCS, FSA, Washington County Cattlemen’s Association, Purdue Extension – Washington County, South Fork-Blue River Watershed Project, Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Project, Lost River Watershed Project, and Washington County Farm Bureau. 

Please call the Washington County SWCD at 812-883-3704 ext. 3 by Friday, August 21st to register or for more information. The field day will occur rain or shine and hayrides will be available to all sites.  Any persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this event should contact the SWCD one week before the event.

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SEPAC Field Day

For Immediate Release     June 21, 2014

The annual Southeast Purdue Ag. Center Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1 from 3:00-8:00 pm.  Featured speakers will be Purdue Extension Specialists and topics will include: Soybean Update, Starter Fertilizer & Population Research by Shaun Casteel; Corn Yield Response to Seeding Rates & Nitrogen Fertilizer Rates by Bob Nielsen; Soil Health – What is it & how do we improve it? by Eileen Kladivko; Regulatory Topic by Fred Whitford.  Private Applicator, Commercial Applicator and Certified Crop Advisor Credits are also available.  Private applicator credits will require $10.00.  Everyone should bring a copy of their applicator license.  Credits will only be given for attending the entire program.  RSVP’s are appreciated by June 25 to 812-352-3033.  SEPAC is located at 4425 E. County Road 350 N, Butlerville, IN 47223.  If you require auxillary aids and services due to a disability or special food needs, please call the phone number listed above by June 25. 

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