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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Jun. 27, 2016

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COLUMBUS — This past Saturday, The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences celebrated the achievements of those who have enhanced student education and enriched the animal sciences industry through the annual Evening of Excellence program at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Terry Wehrkamp

Terry Wehrkamp

This year, the Department inducted Terry Wehrkamp, director of live production for Cooper Farms and an industry leader, into the Animal Science Hall of Fame. Recipients of the Animal Science Hall of Fame recognition are not only honored for their individual success but also their commitment to their family, local community, and the broader realm of the animal industries.

Wehrkamp earned his induction into the Hall of Fame through his continued leadership in the agricultural community and support of the next generation of animal scientists.

“Terry is very deserving of this honor,” said Dr. Henry Zerby, chair of the OSU Department of Animal Sciences. “His actions and contributions in supporting the continued development of Cooper Farms and the agricultural industry in general make him a role model and a leader for many of us to follow.”

Wehrkamp grew up in Smithville and went on to graduate from OSU in 1982. In 1985, he joined the team at Cooper Farms after working for Foster Farms in California.

Wehrkamp has been a leader in the industry and at Cooper Farms as the director of live production for the company’s turkeys, hogs and chickens, where he manages the teams caring for all three species and the feed production. In his time at Cooper Farms, the company has seen tremendous growth in all areas, has evolved into one of the largest vertically integrated turkey, swine and egg producing companies in the U.S.


POSTED: 04/06/16 at 7:36 am. FILED UNDER: Farm

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Wortman Family Farm is donating one healthy, high quality market hog to one Van Wert County Junior Fair member.

The selected recipient will be required to raise the market hog and exhibit it at the Van Wert County Fair. Wortman Family Farm representatives will be available for help and guidance throughout the summer, but not financially responsible for the care of the animal. This program is designed to let interested youths learn and grow through raising a quality market livestock project.

Those interested should fill out an application and turn it in to the Ohio State University Extension-Van Wert County Office no later than Friday, April 8.

Go to the Extension-Van Wert website at and scroll to the bottom for an application and full rules of the program. Applications are also available at the OSU Extension Office, 1055 S. Washington St. in Van Wert. The program is open to both FFA and 4-H members.

POSTED: 03/11/16 at 6:45 am. FILED UNDER: Farm, Youth

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Farmers who hold a Private Pesticide Applicator License that expires in 2016 can attend recertification training being offered in Van Wert County.

The 2016 Recertification Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) date is Wednesday, March 9. The recertification training date also has an accompanying two-hour Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT). The FACT sessions are only for farmers/producers who already hold an Ohio private pesticide applicator license.

The March 9 training, a late afternoon-evening program, will be held at Delphos Eagles Aerie 471, 1600 East Fifth Street in Delphos. This program will start with the two-hour FACT training at 3 p.m., while the PAT training will follow from 6-9 in the evening.

OSU Extension logo 4-2009The facility is handicap accessible, and the session will offer a full recertification for CORE and Categories 1 (field crops), 2 (forage crops and livestock), 6 (fumigation), and 7 (specialty uses), plus special arrangements for those carrying Categories 3 (fruit and vegetable crops), 4 (nursery and forest crops, including Christmas trees) and 5 (greenhouse). These categories will be scheduled after the standard recertification session.

A $35 fee is charged for the PAT trainings, while FACT trainings are free. OSU Extension encourages anyone planning to attend the March 9 training to pay at the Extension office in advance of the meeting to speed up registration on the day of the meeting. For those who do not pay in advance, the fee will be collected at the door. Pre-registration is highly encouraged to allow for preparation for the meeting.

License holders who can’t make the session in Van Wert County should visit for a list of neighboring counties and their corresponding recertification sessions, or call or visit the Extension office for assistance. Note that sessions outside of Van Wert County may require pre-registration as well.

These sessions are for farmers and others who already possess a Private Pesticide Applicators License. There are no Commercial Pesticide Applicator credits available at these meetings. Commercial pesticide applicators need to attend one of the state Commercial Pesticide Applicator conferences. Farmers and others anting to obtain a new pesticide license should visit for more information.

For additional information on pesticide applicator license recertification or for information on obtaining a pesticide applicator license, please contact Curtis Young, agriculture and natural resources Extension educator for the Van Wert County Extension Office, at 419.238.1214 or email

POSTED: 02/22/16 at 8:53 am. FILED UNDER: Farm