Ohio SNAP-Ed is the nutrition component of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In Madison County, the SNAP-Ed program provided direct educational programming for 20 adults and 540 children via after-school programs, Head Start students, and low-income housing residents about MyPlate, food shopping, and food safety.
A total of 89 participants attended a Grain Marketing and Agriculture Outlook meeting to improve their knowledge about grain market conditions, input costs, and marketing strategies to increase farm profitability. Topics included land values and cash rents, input costs, and crop profitability.
Madison County hosted one of the eight interns in the state who were enrolled in the Agronomic Crop Research Experience (ACRE) program through The Ohio State University. ACRE internship allowed a student intern to gain practical experience conducting on-farm research, scouting fields, pest management, and nutrient management while contributing more than 200 hours to Madison County programming during the summer.
Madison County hosted a three-session Beef School broadcast remotely via webinar. Topics included a beef cattle market outlook and Risk Madison County Management; management for profitable beef production; and quality and yield impact on beef values.
Madison County Master Gardener Volunteers regularly conducted educational programming for youth audiences (ages 7-10) participating in an after-school program, as well as senior audiences through a gardening program conducted at a retirement community.
Madison County 4-H served approximately 900 youth during 2016. This number reflects participation in community clubs, school enrichment, Cloverbud, and special events. There were 152 volunteers involved in the program. Volunteers assisted youth with developing life skills, communications, interpersonal relationships, decision-making, and understanding responsibility.
In 2016, 70 campers went to 4-H Camp Clifton for the five-day residential camping program. Highlights included canoeing, high ropes, dances, crafts, campfires, and swimming. Teen counselors gained leadership skills by conducting activities and supervising campers. Counselors attended a series of training sessions to learn counseling skills and plan the program. Counselors and counselors-in-training were selected through an application and interview process.
A day camp attracted 22 4-H Cloverbuds. Day camp gives young 4-H members the opportunity to experience 4-H camping. Day campers enjoyed crafts and games with an “under the sea” theme. Teen leaders and adult volunteers provided the format and activities for the day camp.
Approximately 350 4-H members enrolled in livestock projects completed annual quality assurance training via a club- or county-delivered program. The club programs were taught by 20 certified volunteers who taught good production practices for youth livestock producers. Heritage Cooperative hosted a “Show Ring Success” educational livestock program and offered quality assurance. Approximately, 160 youth attended from 19 Ohio counties.
Madison County 4-H Conservation Day was organized to educate youth about natural resources and shooting sports. In all, 19 youth, four adults and five volunteers attended. Activities offered included fishing, wildlife identification, and archery and rifle shooting.
This year, 16 new Master Gardener Volunteer interns were trained, bringing the county total to 30 active volunteers. As a group, the Madison County MGVs performed more than 1,500 hours of volunteer service to the community.
A total of 152 4-H volunteers assisted in delivering educational opportunities for Madison County from club to county programs. Approximately 12,234 hours were generated by 4-H volunteers. The national estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $23.56/hour which equals $288,233 of volunteer impact for Madison County.
Madison County conducted two Pesticide Applicator Training sessions for 59 licensed applicators. Participants learned information to promote best management practices in pesticide handling to benefit both health and environment, including personal protective equipment, proper spray timing, application rates, and calibration.
This year, 81 fertilizer applicators were certified through two Fertilizer Applicator Certification Trainings. Topics included soil sampling, best management practices to reduce phosphorous run-off, and reducing nitrogen applications to decrease agricultural impacts on water quality.
A cover crop workshop was held where 24 participants learned how to utilize cover crops to improve soil health and water quality. Topics included soil ecology and nutrient recycling; cover crop selection; economics of cover crops; and managing cover crops in crop rotations.
In 2016, 68 participants attended a Solar Energy in Agriculture: Considerations for Investing in Photovoltaic Solar Systems program. Participants improved knowledge on evaluating return on investment in solar energy; funding and grants; loans and financing; tax credits; and nuts and bolts of installation. Afterward, 100 percent of participants reported that the program provided valuable information and they knew more about renewable energy as a result of the program. In addition, 90 percent of participants reported that they plan to use the materials and information from the program to make decisions about renewable energy for their homes or farms.