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Harrison County Without 4-H?

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            During the fall election, we voters let down our prized Harrison County agricultural community.  With other more pressing issues to consider we (myself included) did not fully understand the impact that the Ohio State University Extension Office (OSU) has on our county. We let a little noticed levy go down to defeat. Why? Because the required legalese defined it as an additional tax. It was not an additional tax. It was in fact a replacement levy of the same .75 mils that it has been for a long time. It costs us as home and property owners no more per appraisal than in previous years. Some readers may not understand how OSU Extension benefits our county. Here are some points to consider and reconsider:

  • The levy generates $150,000 yr. BUT- because of your support, for every four dollars Harrison receives from the levy, six dollars additional in funds are matched from the University, state and federal government to go toward the OSU Extension program. That is one quarter of a million dollars. Our county’s Family Nutrition Program for low income residents is funded by this levy partnership.
  • What does that have to do with 4-H, you may ask? You and I know programs cost money. The OSU Extension funds a great portion of the programs that continue to educate and develop our agriculture based youth in Harrison County. Our 4-H youngsters are the back bone of our County Fair. Without them would we even still have a County Fair worth attending? Our Fair Board has refreshing and dynamic plans for the revitalization of its grounds and buildings. But those plans depend on 4-H continuation.
  •  Because of the OSU Extension development component, more of our agricultural based young people are encouraged to, and do, attend college or technical schools. This past year at least 250 young folks developed life-skills enhancements through these programs, and over 300 school youth enjoyed hands-on science education through the 4-H school enrichment programs.
  • What else do they do besides 4-H? Plenty!!!! Our operating farms receive ongoing education and training from OSU accessed specialists in crop production, pesticide application and safety for us, the neighbors and consumers of our farms and their production. At the OSU sponsored Beef Management School, our producers learn not only better feeding and grazing technology but the legal and liability issues of their business.

            Everyone is quite hyped on the Marcellus / Utica gas boom coming to our area, and rightly so. But, I encourage you, my neighbors, friends and associates to not forget that in spite of that, we are still one of Ohio’s prominent agricultural counties.  There will be another attempt at the OSU (4-H) levy on this spring’s ballot. I’m asking all of you to not let our farm families, our agricultural future, down.  Let’s all support this minimal levy.

                                                                                    Howard Landkrohn

                                                                                    Tappan Lake, Harrison County Ohio

Letter To The Editor:  Sent In By Howard Landkrohn

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