Drought Meeting Scheduled For Area Farmers

By
Brianna DiPilato

Dateline
Updated Thu, Sep 27, 2012 11:26 am

Southeast Ohio farmers feeling the effects of the recent drought might find help in an Ohio Department of Agriculture meeting Thursday night. 

Governor John Kasich instructed the department set up the series of drought meetings across the state.
 
The next meeting will take place at Hocking College at 8 p.m. in John Light Hall.
 
Steven Prochaska, an agronomic systems specialist with Ohio State University Extension, says the meeting locations were strategically picked to target places that have been hit the hardest by the drought this summer.
 
"Southeastern Ohio is certainly noted for its cow/calf operations, for its livestock operations, cattle operations, primarily, so hence it was thought important to host some of these meetings in Southeastern Ohio," said Prochaska.
 
The department has hosted five meetings so far.
 
Prochaska says farmers have voiced a wide variety of concerns.
 
"Some of the things that OSU Extension has talked about are livestock feeding, pasture, hay, ration, and herd management," said Prochaska.
 
Prochaska says that the next drought meeting is scheduled for some time next week in Hillsboro.
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