Farm Bureau plans annual meeting

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Farm Bureau will recognize the past year’s accomplishments and adopt policies and code for the coming year at the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

All members are invited to the event, which will take place at Lighthouse Christian Center at 5256 Sebring-Warner Road, Greenville.

After dinner, guest speaker will be Dr. Christopher Winslow, interim director for both the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and the Ohio State University’s F.T. Stone Laboratory. Born in Midland Michigan, raised in North Ridgeville, Ohio, Winslow received his bachelor of science. from Ohio University and both his master of science and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. For the past nine years, Winslow has been a fixture at Stone Laboratory, teaching aquatic ecology and mentoring college students in the lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program.

Winslow has also been president of the Friends of Stone Lab (FOSL), the lab’s support organization (2006-08).

Prior to joining Ohio Sea Grant, Winslow was an instructor at BGSU (2002-09) and an assistant professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (2009-11).

His research focuses on behavioral, population, and community ecology of fishes with an emphasis on the impact of invasive species. Recently, however, his research and time have focused more on Lake Erie nutrient loading and harmful algal bloom issues.

Jim Rismiller, president of the Darke County Farm Bureau, said “The annual meeting will focus on finalizing policy suggestions which will be carried to the Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting in December. This is also a great time to hold up our volunteers that have worked hard throughout the year promoting agriculture.”

Farm Bureau Organization Director Mandy Havenar said, “This year Ohio Farm Bureau has pledged 1 million dollars to a Water Quality Action Plan to help farmers and members improve water quality, we think Dr.Winslow will be an excellent speaker with his background and current research on the algal bloom issue on Lake Erie.”

Dinner tickets for this event are free for Farm Bureau members for more information or RSVP by Monday. Call the Farm Bureau office at 855-335-1471.

Staff report