|Ohio Expo Center hosts Power Show this weekend|
|Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:10 PM|
BY JAMES J. HOORMAN
The Power Show Ohio celebrating its 44th Years will be held at The Ohio Expo Center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, Columbus. More than 200 exhibitors will display products from more than 600 companies.
Power Show Ohio provides customers - and potential customers - the opportunity to learn about products in the fields of agriculture, outdoor power equipment and construction. It’s a chance for those same customers to get information that will afford them the know-how to become more efficient in their operations. The show features displays of the newest and best in tractors, skid steer loaders, commercial mowing equipment, utility vehicles, grain handling, computer software, fence building, hay equipment, buildings, backhoes, logging equipment, compact tractors, livestock equipment plus a number of lifestyle items.
Daily educational seminars will take place all three days covering topics ranging from shale energy development to soil health to learning tips and techniques from the Ohio AgrAbility Program to how to remain active on the farm or in the garden. Cooking demonstrations and product sampling will be going on in the Voinovich Center conducted by OhioProud all three days.
Power Show Ohio will be held Friday-Sunday in Columbus. The Ohio Expo Center is just off Interstate 71 at Exit 111. Parking and admission is just $10 per carload. Discount coupons for $2 are available at the Putnam County Extension Office. For a full schedule of events, hours and more, visit the show’s website: www.PowerShowOhio.com.
The Ohio Cattleman’s Association (OCA) has initiated a referendum that would increase Ohio’s Beef Checkoff from $1 to $2 per head. Ballots for voting by mail are available now through March 20 on the OCA website at www.ohiocattle.org or at the Putnam County Extension office. The in-person voting dates for the referendum are Tuesday through Thursday, March 18-20 at the Extension office. Eligible voters must have marketed cattle subject to the assessment in 2013 calendar year. There is no minimum age for voting so 4-H and FFA members that marketed cattle in 2013 are eligible to vote.
Fifty cents of every dollar collected stays in Ohio while the other half is allocated to National Beef Checkoff programs. The Ohio Beef Council uses their funds for educational programs in schools, advertising and farm tours that influence media writers about beef production. The Beef Checkoff promotes beef, educates consumers and addresses public misconceptions to protect the future of Ohio’s beef industry.
Bruce Clevenger, Defiance County Extension Educator will be conducting a two-day Quicken Computerized Farm Record Keeping workshop on from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday and February 5th at the Putnam County Extension office. Quicken is a simple computer program that keeps records like your farm account books. The Quicken system is relatively inexpensive ($75 to $100) and keeps your records like a checkbook. Registration is $50 per farm business (Maximum two people per farm) plus a workshop manual/home reference guide. Space is limited to 10 workstations. Call Bruce at 419-782-4771 to reserve a spot.
Dianne Shoemaker, Ohio State University field specialist, is inviting farmers to participate in the 2014 Ohio Farm Business Analysis Program by analyzing their 2013 farm records. The type of questions that this type of business analysis will answer is are you ready as a grain or livestock farmer for $4 corn? How about $3.50 corn? The cost to the farm for 2013 business year analysis will be $100 per farm. Each farm will receive their farm’s completed enterprise analysis, a copy of the Ohio summary, and any available enterprise benchmark reports relevant to their farm. Crops, dairy and livestock farms are targeted for this program.
Your 2013 Ohio Farm Business Analysis are kept confidential, give whole farm analysis, and go into enterprise analysis. Benchmarks are used to compare your situation to other farms to see if you are in the top 20 percent of other farms. The program helps to identify your farm’s strengths and your opportunities for improvement. The program helps you gain knowledge to improve or expand your farm. This program is an annual summary, however; results from several years can be used for trend analysis. Upon completion, farmers will have a balance sheet (assets, liabilities, equity), income statement (revenue minus expenses to determine net profit), cash flow statements and enterprise information.
For more information contact Diane Shoemaker, State Leader Finpack at 330-257-3377 or go to the following websites. Ohio Farm Benchmarking: Financial Analysis: farm profitability.osu.edu or Center for Farm Financial Management: www.cffm.umn.edu.