The Coshocton County Beacon February 27, 2019 - Page 11

COSHOCTON - Hello Coshocton County! I cannot believe how quickly the month of February has fl own by! Th e last few weeks have been quite the weather rollercoaster. You name it we have seen it. Snow, rain, ice and temperatures all over the board. Quite the mood swings. I am ok with this weath- er as long as it straightens out as we head into spring. Th e month of February also provides us with Ground- hog’s Day, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Out of these days, President’s Day seems to get lost in the shuffl e. I, however, have always admired our early Presidents. Not only because of the role which they played in shaping our nature, but also because of their dedication to agriculture and to the conservation of our natural resources. Recently, I came across a nice article written by Justin Fritscher from the United States Department of Agricul- ture. Today, I would like to share a few highlights from his writing about our fore fathers and their lasting impact. Our fi rst president, George Washington was a great mili- tary leader. But his true passion was farming. In fact, it has been reported that even as the British troops closed in on New York City in 1776, then General George Washington temporarily put aside his battle plans to pen a letter to the managers of his 8,000 acre farm about how he wanted it to be managed while he was away. Washington studied and implemented ways to improve his Mount Vernon farm. He took meticulous notes and ran experiments. He was a pioneer in crop rotation and in the use of cover crops. He changed from just planting tobacco to rotating between seven diff erent crops. He also utilized cover crops to prevent erosion and to improve the soil. Our farmers are still exploring ways to use cover crops. In fact, our friends at the Coshocton Soil & Water Con- servation District held a great cover crops workshop on Feb. 12. A farmer panel shared their experiences in using cover crops and new equipment technologies. I am sure President Washington would be amazed how some of our Coshocton County farmers are seeding cover crops by planes and helicopters each fall. President Th omas Jeff erson was famous for growing hundreds of varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs on his Monticello farm. While traveling in France, Jeff erson saw that farmers planted to the contour of the land rather than in straight lines. He made the following observation: “Our country is hilly, and we have been in the habit of plough- ing in straight rows… and our soil was rapidly running into rivers.” He implemented contour farming at Monticello, placing him as a pioneer of his time. And yes, we are still using contour farming here in Coshocton County. At OSU Extension, we are quite fond of President Abra- ham Lincoln. Born and raised on a farm, President Lincoln knew how important it was for the government to support agriculture. In the height of the civil war, legislation was passed to create the United States Department of Agricul- ture. He also signed the Morrill Act of 1862 which paved the way for Land Grant Universities to be established across the country dedicated to the teaching of agriculture. Th is is how Ohio State University began and over 150 years later, we are still working for the betterment of agriculture. So, thank you to these early presidents for understand- ing the importance of agriculture and the need to be good stewards to the land which we have been entrusted. In celebration of our great industry, OSU Extension, Coshocton Soil & Water Conservation, Farm Credit Mid-America, and the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce are joining together to host a National Ag Day Luncheon on Th ursday, March 14 for to recognize the con- tributions of today’s farmers and to show our appreciation. Th is event will be held at the Lock Landing on the lower fl oor of the Roscoe Village Visitor’s Center. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch beginning at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be followed by a short program and will conclude by 1 p.m. Th e cost of this luncheon is $8 per person and we are asking that reservations be made by March 7. You can reserve by calling the Soil & Water Conservation District offi ce at (740) 622-8087, ext. 4. Let’s celebrate together! To close, I would like to share a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt who stated, “Th ere are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” Coshocton County, have a good and safe day! CFAES provides research and related educational pro- grams to clients on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information: go.osu.edu/cfaesdiversity. Editor’s note: David Marrison is Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. He can be reached at 740-622-2265 or marrison.2@osu.edu. 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