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Ohio farmers encouraged to apply for 2014 Ag-LINK Program
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:34 AM

COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced that the application period for Ohio farmers to participate in the Ohio Treasury's 2014 Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK) has opened. Farmers may submit online applications for interest rate reductions on agricultural start-up loans through Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

"Agriculture is one of Ohio's most important industries," said Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. "Ohio's farmers put the food on tables that Ohio families eat and their work helps make our state economically strong. As they begin to prepare for their upcoming season, Ohio's farmers work to maximize their investments and cover up-front costs for things like feed, seed, fertilizer and fuel that are vital to a successful harvest."

Through Ag-LINK, now in its 29th year of existence, Ohio farmers can apply for an interest rate reduction on new or existing loans or lines of credit up to $150,000. Applications are accepted on an annual basis, this year from January 15 through March 12. Lenders must complete and submit applications online on behalf of their borrowers at www.aglink.ohio.gov. If an eligible farmer's application is accepted, the Ohio Treasurer's office places an investment with the financial institution for one year. In turn, the lender lowers the interest rate on the farmer's loan according to the rate reduction established annually by the Treasurer's office.

Building on last year's modernization of the application process, lenders will complete and submit the program application exclusively online. The Treasurer's office is continually working to make the program easier to navigate in order to better serve both the lenders and the farmers taking part in Ag-LINK.

In order to participate in Ag-LINK, farms must be for-profit and be headquartered, along with more than half of their operations maintained, in Ohio. To qualify, a farmer must apply and be approved for an operating loan or line of credit from a farm credit lender or eligible bank. After approval, the applicant may apply for an interest rate reduction from the Ohio Treasury's Ag-LINK program.

Below is the timeline for the 2014 Ag-LINK program:

• Ag-LINK applications must be received online by the Economic Development Department at the State Treasurer's office no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

• Once the application process has been completed, notification of each application's status will be sent to each lender no later than Friday, April 4, 2014.

• The State Treasurer's office is requiring lenders to confirm acceptance or denial of the linked deposit for each application they have submitted by Friday, April 11, 2014. This is only to confirm that the borrowers will participate in Ag-LINK.

• Requests for funding will be accepted from Monday, April 21, 2014 through Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Detailed information on the program and eligibility requirements can be found by visiting the State Treasurer's website at www.OhioTreasurer.gov/AgLINK or by calling the State Treasurer's Economic Development Department at 1-800-228-1102 (Option #3).


WT names new board president, hires tech coordinator
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:02 AM

By LINDSAY McCOY • DHI Correspondent

HAVILAND – Wayne Trace Local School Board of Education met for its annual organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 13. Lisa McClure was named board president, and regularly monthly meetings were set for the second Monday of each month beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A contract was approved for Jerry Hessel as the new technology coordinator. Hessel is currently the technology coordinator at Paulding Exempted Village Schools and will be starting with the Wayne Trace School district beginning Feb. 10.

“With the hiring of a new technology coordinator, we are now in a position to move forward with the implementation of the Straight A Fund grant monies,” said superintendent Stephen Arnold. “This was the first step for the district.”

Arnold also reported that Wayne Trace has now exceeded the set amount of calamity days required for the 2013-14 school year. Make up days have been set for Feb. 17 on Presidents Day as well as May 29.

“We appreciate all the help we received from community members in helping to clean up water from the broken sprinkler system at the Junior/Senior building,” Arnold said. A crack in the system early last week caused water to flood the building, and the school received large support from members of the community who helped cleanup the mess within the school building.

The board accepted the resignation of Judith Snook as teacher after 26 years with the district.

Harry Bland was approved as a basketball volunteer coach and Travis Tumblin was approved as baseball volunteer coach.

DC schedules spring graduate programs information sessions
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:40 PM

DEFIANCE – Special information sessions on Defiance College graduate program offerings are planned for January through April. Persons interested in obtaining a master of arts in education or master of business administration degree are invited to learn more about these distinctive graduate programs, and how they can earn their degree with flexible and convenient course offerings.

Students in the MAE program can choose to concentrate their graduate degree in sport coaching, intervention specialist (mild/moderate) K-12 license, adolescent to young adult 7-12 license, or licensure only programs for life science, life science and chemistry and visual arts.

MBA students can choose to follow a concentration in leadership or sport management.

Special information sessions will be held in the Serrick Campus Center. The schedule includes Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5-6 p.m. in Serrick room 120; Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5-6 p.m. in Serrick room 116; Thursday, March 27, from 5-6 p.m. in Serrick room 120; and Tuesday, April 29, from 5-6 p.m. in Serrick room 116. During these sessions, both MBA and MAE information will be discussed.

To reserve a seat, contact Michelle Call, office coordinator for graduate studies and professional development, at 419-783-2351, or email gradstudies@defiance.edu. Reservations can also be made online at https://www.defiance.edu/info-sessions.html.

Sheriff’s employees honored at annual banquet
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:20 PM

PAULDING – Several members of the Paulding County Sheriff’s office received recognition at the department’s banquet dinner on Friday, Jan. 3.

Grand jury indicts 4
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:19 PM

PAULDING – A Paulding County grand jury returned indictments against four persons on Thursday, Jan. 9.

Recent snow event takes lots of grit for road workers
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:55 AM


By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

The recent snowstorm that swept through Paulding County last week left county officials with 444.75 less tons of grit and lots of manpower hours exhausted into the extensive plowing and clearing demanded by the event.