Small Farm Conference gives glimpse at crop management

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Farmers fro]m across Ohio and Pennsylvania traveled to Canfield today for a farmers conference.

The event included a number of different workshops as well as resources, and information on the newest and most popular crops.  First News Reporter Miriam Hobbs talked to attendees.

More than a hundred farmers showed up at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center , for the Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference.

The event offered small farm owners a number of educational programs and included nearly 30 different workshops.

“There’s fruit and vegetable topics. There is crop management topics, livestock topics, marketing topics, funding, small farm grants,” said Tony Nye, Ag and Natural Resources.

Meagan Tehua,a five year farmer, came to the conference to learn more about a new technique.

“Vegetable grafting.  The new idea is that you can take a very strong root stock and put a new heirloom variety tomato on top,” said Tehua.

“I got a lot of good information. It’s a good way to find out the new incentives and different things how to improve your things on your farms and so forth,” said Carrie McMaster, a farmer in Columbiana.

Farmers got the scoop on some of the most popular crops this season.

One in particular is the hop herb, used for making beer.

Ohio is in its first year of hops production.

“Ohio is really looking hard at the Micro Brewery industry,” said Nye.

“So we’ve got a session on what is the startup costs to get into hops, and what are the marketing opportunities for hops,” said Nye.

“I don’t know about that. That’s a possibility.I never thought about that. That might be something to look into,” said McMaster.

And although we had a harsh winter, organizers are still optimistic about this year’s production.

“We don’t know until Mother Nature decides to make it nice out if we can start really getting out there and start this year’s production. But things should be good,” said Nye.

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