February 10, 2018.
It was a cold day and a good time to enjoy a chili luncheon with fellow members of the Northeast Ohio Christmas Tree Growers. It’s been more than a few times that the group has met at the Trumbull County Ag & Family Center for their winter meeting. This year Kevin Lemons (NEOCTG Presidennt) organized a meeting for the group with speakers Dan Dillman and Dave Marrison.
After the group business meeting, Dave Marrison took the floor to speak about several topics. His first topic was the Ohio Department of Agriculture requirement for Fertilizer Certification. The new law states farms that fertilize over 50 acres require a certification for proper fertilizer usage. It is and effort to control when and how fertilizer is allowed to be applied. Dave mentioned an app that is available to help track when it is appropriate to apply fertilizer in your area because accurate record keeping is required. Fertilizer run-off has become a serious problem in the Lake Erie watershed especially at the western most end of Lake Erie. Check with the Department of Agriculture to learn more. Dave also mention the changes to estate planning. Under the new tax laws the estate tax exemption is now 11.2 million per person until 2026. There have been changes to Worker Compensation protection training with new hires and minors. Equipment depreciation can now be taken over 5 years instead of 7 years. Dan can be contacted through OSU.EDU
Our main speaker was Dan Dillman. He has attended this meeting for at least the last 3 years. He is a wealth of knowledge for weed control, insect control, fungicides, fertilizer and other sucessfull nursery management techniques. He knows the costs and best methods for keeping fields clean and trees healthy. He can be contacted thru Helena Chemical in Evans, City, PA.