Harvest Land believes that 4‑H empowers young people to be true leaders with confidence, the ability to work well with others, can endure through challenges, and will stick with a job until it gets done. In 4‑H, we believe true leaders aren’t born – they’re grown. 4-H also teaches our youth leadership skills and responsibility that they will use for a lifetime.
Harvest Land is proud to be a part of educating our youth in all corners of our trade territory. We recently participated in the Hancock County Farm Bureau 4-H Safety Day, sponsored by Farm Bureau at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Presenters for the day included:
Harvest Land, presented by Julie Lamberson
Hancock County Sheriff’s Dept
Proper Food Handling
Greenfield Fire Dept
Harvest Land employee Vickie Ramsey is the leader of Country Kritters 4-H Club, and has been a 4-H leader in Hancock county for 16 years! She was there with “her kids” for a day of education and leadership building. We admire Vickie’s dedication to empowering Hancock County youth to be the best they can be.
We’re proud to be invited to this kind of event, and also have strong represntation from our employee base.
Many thanks to Dawn Wallace and Julie Lamberson for supplying these photos.
Last Saturday Harvest Land hosted Oxford, West College Corner, Milford Township, Hanover Township, Seven Mile, St Clair and Riley Fire Departments for grain entrapment training in Ohio. The training allowed emergency personnel to practice using grain tube equipment for entrapments in gravity wagons, as well as in a large freestanding pile.
The training occurred at our College Corner Ag Center. Many thanks to the crew from College Corner and Seven Mile for organizing the event and giving up a Saturday for this training, as well as their participation.
As part of the training day, Harvest Land also donated a grain rescue tube to the Oxford Fire Department, which would be the responding department for our College Corner facility.
We would like to thank all the participating departments
for their dedication to the safety of our farm families.
Harvest Land recently donated a grain rescue tube to the Milford Township Fire Department in Butler County, Ohio. The department needed the equipment to perform grain rescue should the emergency arise.
Harvest Land manager Tom study organized the donation.
Grain rescue training with multiple fire departments in Butler County is set to take place at the College Corner Ag Center later this month. Harvest Land is happy to host such an event that could aid so many in a time of need.
As part of our Cultivating Communities effort, Harvest Land continues to donate equipment and assist in training to protect farm families in our trade territory.
As this entry is being written, the country awaits news on the arrival of Hurricane Florence entering the United States and pounding the east coast in unprecedented ways. From states away, we watch the news coverage to see residents evacuating the area and others staying in their homes, preparing for the unimaginable.
Coverage has included communities coming together to help one another before the worse even arrives. We’ve seen families, teams, and towns boarding windows and doors, delivering supplies, filling sand bags and beyond.
That is the positive side of disaster or hard times: Finding the helpers:
Harvest Land recently acted as helpers, in our own back yard:
On Friday, September 7, Lynn, Indiana received heavy rains dumping a couple inches on the rural community in less then an hour. This was followed by a lighter, steady rain that lasted several hours.
At 5:07 PM, an alert went out to Lynn residents asking for help filling sandbags. That call was answered by Randolph Ag Center in Lynn who provided a front end loader and an operator to assist in the efforts.
Finally, at approximately 9:00 PM Friday night, two dump truck loads of sand – 1,000 bags – had been bagged, stacked and positioned for residents’ use.
Our hope is certainly that we never need disaster preparation or relief, but if we do, we’ll continue to be a part of taking care of the communities in which we live and work however we’re able as your local, farmer-owned cooperative.
Dave Naylor helped employees of Randolph Ag . Derek is a volunteer fireman so he was there automatically and Dave Naylor took the Kubota down to help load sand and move skids loaded with the sandbags. It initially started on Friday Sept 7 with 40 tons of sand bagged and with over 10 + inches of rain that fell within Randolph county they bagged another 40 tons of sand and over 1000 sandbags available. Area businesses including Lynn Lions Club, Diamond K Pizza and Hometown Coffee supplied food to the volunteers.
Earlier this month Harvest Land employees traded office hours for hammers and worked on the Habitat For Humanity house at the Indiana State Fair. Our cooperative partnered with Land O’Lakes and four other farmer-owned co-ops throughout Indiana to make progress on this house which will benefit a local family in need.
Tiffany Miller and Kent VanMeter from Rushville, Royce Cook from Mt. Summit, Troy Miley from Richmond and Curt Naylor, Region Manager all represented Harvest Land.
“I feel like it’s our obligation to be supportive in our communities and help people who are in need. As a farmer-owned company, we should give back.” says Scott Logue, Harvest Land CEO.
Their devoted time to community service proves that we can all cultivate communities in different ways, even if not directly in our back yard.
Each year, in partnership with the Indiana State Fair, Habitat for Humanity builds two houses during the two weeks of the State Fair, all on the fairgrounds. For a day of home building, sponsors are asked to make a $10,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity. This is not a small donation so it makes a big difference that member cooperatives Ceres Solutions, North Central, Harvest Land, Co-Alliance and Premier Companies were able to work together to share in the cost.
We very much appreciate these five and their commitment to serving others and representing Harvest Land’s values well in Indianapolis. We’re proud of the work they did on behalf of our co-op.
As part of our commitment to cultivate local communities, Harvest Land recently donated $1,000 to the Centerville United Methodist Church food pantry for their food ministry, then applied for – and was granted – a matching $1,000 grant from Land O’Lakes. A total of $2,000 was donated for the monthly food ministry, as well as the on-demand food pantry where families can receive food assistance any day of the work week by calling the church office.
The United States Department of Agriculture defines “Food Deserts” as parts of the country void of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. Centerville and certain rural areas of Wayne County unfortunately fall into this category.
The Centerville United Methodist Church Monthly Food Ministry was created in an effort to alleviate this problem in our own back yard. They team with Gleaners Food Bank, Inc. of Indiana to provide canned and boxed food, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need. Since beginning their monthly food ministry in September 2017, they’re assisting over sixty local family units each month.
The hunger epidemic can seem so far away when we hear about it on the news. But it really hits home when you realize it affects neighbors in our rural communities.
We’re proud to partner with Land O’Lakes to provide a bit of assistance in the Centerville area this summer, especially while children are home for summer and not able to receive school-prepared meals.
Our story of Cultivating Communities across our trade territory continues, as we attended the Hancock County Ag Safety Day on April 14, which was hosted by Hancock County 4-H.
The children rotated through several stations hosted by various community groups, such at Nine Star Connect, Canine Castaways Rescue, Greenfield Fire Territory and more. Harvest Land employee Vickie Ramsey was instrumental in organizing the day.
The Harvest Land station educated sixty 4-H members about grain safety. Specific topics included grain entrapment as well as auger and PTO hazards.
Today’s Photo Friday includes a few shots from our work with the youth of Hancock County.
The small (some might say tiny) towns that dot the country side within our trade territory are special to us. Their small-scale grid of streets that travel out past the town limits eventually become the rural routes where our homes sit.
The diners, post offices and parts stores that keep the commerce going are staffed with folks invested in these Midwestern burgs. The volunteers that give up their nights and weekends to answer the call of duty when an emergency erupts are our family, friends and former classmates. These are a few of the reasons why Harvest Land works to cultivate communities when we see an area of need.
Ohio has been a focus point for us to cultivate as of late.
Harvest Land recently donated a grain rescue tube to the Eldorado, Ohio fire department. The department needed the equipment to perform grain rescue should the emergency arise. Central Ohio manager, Adam Culy, organized the donation and also recognized a need for rescue training with multiple Ohio fire departments.
So, in mid-March 35 firemen from the Eldorado, New Madison, West Manchester and New Paris fire departments performed a joint grain entrapment training at our Eldorado Ag Center. This Photo Friday includes some shots from that event.
Seven Harvest Land employees were present for the training: Bob Brunk of Pitsburg, Gary Davis of Harvest Land Transportation, Adam Culy of Central Ohio Ag, Luke Dull of Eldorado, John Ott of Eldorado and Julie Lamberson and Nikki Pyott of Risk Management.
We are thankful that our rural communities have so many volunteer firemen with courage to serve. Harvest Land is committed to providing resources to help our local departments.
At the beginning of each fiscal year (September 1 – August 31), we encourage our employees to volunteer 8 hours of community service to a cause that is important to them for our Cultivating Communities program. Once eight hours is racked up (time seems to fly when you’re helping others) Harvest Land then donates $75 to the non-profit which the employee volunteered their time.
It is gratifying to learn about the places and groups that our employees dedicate their time away from the office. Here is a list of organizations that benefited from our employees’ time:
Fortville Church of the Nazarene
Colliers Heating & Air
First Mennonite Church
Adams Co. Purdue Extension Office
Adams County Herb Club
Decatur Fire Dept.
American Legion Post 160
C & C Bible Fellowship
Lewisville Presbyterian Church
Tri-Village Athletic Dept.
Wayne Co. 4-H Association
Cody Holp Memorial
Preble Co. Pork Festival
Pitsburg Lion’s Club
Darke Co. Humane Society
Talawanda Athletic Boosters
Monroe Twp Food Bank
Northeastern Junior High School
Queen of Peace Church
Chas. A. Beard School-Class of 2021
Adams Co. Wabash Workers 4-H Club
Country Kritters 4H Club
Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen
First Church of Christ
Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Champaign Co. Cattlemen’s Assoc.
Jay County FFA
Praise Point Church
Crushing Chiari, Inc.
Greenhills Baptist Church
Princeton Pike Church of God
Trinity Wesleyan Church
Eaton First Church of God
Brownsville U.M. Church
Randolph Southern School Corp.
Royal Family Kids’ Camp
First Presbyterian Church Youth
American Legion Auxilary
Pack Away Hunger and Christian Charities Backpack Blessings
Eaton Church of the Brethren
Centerville Youth League
Grace Community Church
St. Thomas Church
Fountain City Weslyan Church
St. Mary’s School
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Western Wayne Schools
Richmond Family YMCA
Wayne Co. Cattlemen’s Assoc./4-H
Pendleton Junior Baseball
New Madison Community Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Friends of the Preble Co. Park District
Preble Co. YMCA
Pleasant View Missionary Church
Union Co. Foundation-Troy Gulley Memorial Scholarship
Fiscal year 2017 has concluded and we’re excited to share with you the footprint our employees left in their communities over the last year, spending their time improving the small towns we call home.
And the final 2017 results are as follows…
We offer a sincere thank you to our employees who participated in the Cultivating Communities program in 2017.
One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time,
Hancock County Farm Bureau is the proud sponsor of the 2017 Safety Day for youth enrolled in 4-H programs in Hancock County. Annually the Farm Bureau works with local police and fire departments, EMTs and local businesses to come up with relevant safety topics for area youth.
Participants rotate through stations and are given materials to take back to share with their local 4-H Clubs.
Harvest Land employees were happy to spend their Saturday at this event, as it allows us to cultivate safety education in the communities in which we live and serve.
2017 presenters included:
Harvest Land – Julie Lamberson – Grain Safety
Greenfield Fire Department – Fire Extinguisher Safety
Hancock Regional Hospital – Linda Garriety – Safe Sitter Program
Smith Implements – Mower and ATV Safety
Harvest Land & Fayette County Honor Society – Earth Day & Recycling Safety
Purdue Extension – Megan Addison – Food safety
We appreciate any invitation to educate the youth in our area,
especially when it comes to safety in agriculture.