Ag Expo designed to aid landowners with ideas on managing their land

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MECHANICSTOWN, Ohio — Pasture poultry and beekeeping are just two of the areas that will be covered by the Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Expo in Carroll County Sept. 10.

The event will be held at the Kenwood Farm located at 4071 Meter Road, N.E., Mechanicstown, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Stark and Mahoning County soil and water conservation districts.

The event will be held rain or shine and is free.

Subjects covered

Five clinics will be featured during the event including pasture poultry, beekeeping, raised gardens, pond construction and management and timber harvest.

Linda Yeager, district administrator for Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District, said the idea of the event is to promote what landowners can do with their land, whether it’s a city lot or a hundreds of acres of land.

“Landowners need to be able to manage their property and this will give them ideas on what they can do with it,” Yeager said.

Gardening, canning

Ohio State University Extension is rejoining the event this year, following the hire of Ryan Pape as county educator in June, and Master Gardeners will be at the event demonstrating the benefits of using raised beds for gardens.

In addition, Tuscarawas County Extension Educator Chris Kendle will be discussing the ins and outs of canning. If you bring your canner along, it will be checked at the event for free.

Dale Arnold, director of energy policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, will also be on hand to discuss gas and oil leases and related landowner issues.

The expo is for all ages, with fishing and conservation activities for youth on site throughout the day.

Here is a schedule of events:
Ag Expo details
11 a.m. Pond Construction
11:30 a.m. Pond Management
Noon Timber Management: panel discussion
12:30 p.m. Timber Harvest: panel discussion
1 p.m. Canning with OSU Extension
2 p.m. Pasture Poultry

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