REYNOLDSBURG — Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels plans to celebrate Ohio Agriculture Week March 12-16 by traveling across Ohio to showcase the reach and impact of Ohio’s largest industry. Accounting for more than $123 billion in annual economic impact and one out of every eight Ohio jobs, agriculture impacts all corners of the Buckeye state.
Highlights of Ohio Agriculture Week will include:
· A tour of new and updated winemaking facilities near the Lake Erie Islands. Ohio’s grape and wine and industry contributes $1.3 billion and more than 8,000 jobs to Ohio’s economy.
· Recognition Aubrey Fetchik, the winner of the Bonnie Plants Cabbage program. Aubrey, from Chardon, grew a 27 pound cabbage.
· A visit to the soon-to-open Buckeye Agricultural Museum and Education Center in Wooster. The nearly 20,000 square feet facility will celebrate agriculture in northeast Ohio.
· Learning about Ohio’s growing hops segment by visiting Rustic Brew Hops farm in Union County.
· A commemoration of an important milestone in the Asian Longhorned Beetle program – the eradication and lifting of the quarantine of a satellite location in Clermont County.
Other events will be held in order for the department to recognize the contributions and significance of the week.