EIDL loan and advance open to agricultural businesses

By Brooke Beam, PhD
Educator in agricultural extension and natural resources / community development
Extension of Ohio State University, Highland County

The Economic Disaster Loans and Advances (EIDL) program has reopened to provide assistance to agricultural businesses.

The application is available online through sba.gov, and successful applicants can receive up to $ 10,000 under the program. According to the website, eligible farming businesses include businesses that are “engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching and rearing of livestock, aquaculture, and all other agricultural and related industries.” agriculture (as defined by Section 18 (b) of the Small Business Act (15 USC 647 (b)).

Farm businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for the program. Visit the sba.gov website for more information on requirements and application details.

Southern Ohio Agricultural Show

This week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show featured a weather update by Dr. Aaron Wilson, OSU’s extension climatologist, EIDL program, an interview with Dr. Michael Para of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on COVID-19, Gardening with Faye Mahaffey, a Meat Science Cooking Demonstration, and a Special Segment on Mother’s Day.

If you couldn’t see the show, it’s also posted on our Facebook and YouTube pages. It will also air on the Hillsboro and Greenfield local access channels.

The next Southern Ohio Farm Show broadcast will be Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. You can register for the program via: https://go.osu.edu/thesouthernohiofarmshowregistration

Next week’s episode will feature topics on pesticide container recycling and fodder with guest speakers from Tony Nye and Christine Gelley. If you don’t have a computer or smart phone, you can still listen to the program using the call option. Call the OSU extension office at 937-393-1918 for more information on the call number.

Local Food Directory website

We continue to update the local food directory daily. There are over 300 Ohio food producers listed on the site, with products ranging from fresh meats and eggs to maple syrup. You can visit the site at https://u.osu.edu/localfoodproducers/. The survey link is also available on the Local Food Producers Directory home page if you would like to add your farm to the list.

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Make better drink choices

By Leeanna McKamey
SNAP-Ed program assistant
Extension of Ohio State University, Highland County

What you drink is as important as what you eat. And depending on what your family is drinking, it can get very expensive. Here are some tips for saving money while being healthy.

• Drink water instead of sugary drinks when you are thirsty. How much water is enough? Let your thirst be your guide. Water is an important nutrient for the body, but everyone’s needs are different. Water is easy on the wallet. You can save money by drinking tap water at home or when eating out.

• If you think the taste of water is boring, try adding frozen fruit. Buy fruit in season because it is cheaper. Freeze the fruits and put them in your water. Buy a bag of lemons, wash them and cut them into quarters. Then put in a bag and freeze. When you drink the water, through a few wedges in your glass. It will keep your water cold and add great flavor.

• 100% fruit juices can be diluted with water. You still get the nutrients from the juice but less sugar.

• Don’t forget your dairy! When choosing milk, choose skim or skim milk. Each type of milk offers the same key nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. But the calories are very different. Adults and teens need 3 cups of milk per day, children 4-8 years old need 2½ cups, and children 2-3 years old need 2 cups.

• Smoothies are a treat and can be nutritious too! Smoothies are fun and easy to prepare. Let your family choose their favorite fruit to add. Bananas and honey will sweeten your smoothie so you don’t need to add sugar. Most pre-made smoothie mixes have a lot of sugar and preservatives that you don’t need, so it’s best to make your own. To prepare a smoothie you will need: Fruit + liquid (juice, milk) + thickener (yogurt or ice cream) + Optional flavors (honey, vanilla, coconut etc.) = Fruit smoothie!

Red berry smoothie
½ cup each of frozen strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
½ cup of apple juice
¼ cup low fat yogurt (plain or any fruit flavor)
1 teaspoon of honey
Mix in a blender and enjoy.

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