HANOVERTON-Leadership Columbiana County held its second session of the 2010-11 class which focused on agriculture and its importance in Columbiana County.
Agriculture is the leading industry in our county and a major source of income to our residents. Hanover Farms in Hanoverton was the backdrop for the experience.
The 12 class participants were hosted by Richard and Jennifer Zehentbauer, Neil Zehentbauer and Susan Zehentbauer. Hanover Farms is a third generation farm that has adapted to the changing technologies in the agricultural business.
The class was given a tour of the farm. Part of the tour consisted of watching the milking process which takes place twice a day. They also learned how technology improves milk production and helps adjust food and other nutrients to ensure the cows remain healthy. Several amenities and upgrades have been done throughout all areas of the farm to ensure the animals are well treated.
After the tour of the dairy farm was completed, the class boarded a tractor to learn the history of the area and view portions of the Sandy Beaver Canal. Pete Conkle from the Columbiana County Soil and Water Conservation District also discussed crop planning and the importance it plays in the success of a farm. He pointed out examples of manure containment facilities and discussed how federal grants have helped many farmers build such structures.
A stop at Maple Lane Farms owned and operated by Lee Zehentbauer completed completed the tour. Maple Lane Farms raises chicken's for Case Farms. The students were amazed at the size of the structure and the technology that is used to ensure healthy and safe meat is delivered to our tables.
Phil Greenisen of the Columbiana County Farm Bureau concluded the morning session with useful information on the importance of Agriculture in Columbiana County. He discussed statistics on where the county stands within the entire state on production of several different crops as well as animals.
The class returned to Lisbon to finish out their day. Jenny Pike from the Humane Society continued the focus on animals by speaking on the ethical treatment of animals and the societal impact it has on us. The focus was on how animal abuse and neglect has an economic impact on our society. She also discussed the animal abuse is often a sign of other types of abuse whether physical, mental, etc.
Leadership Columbiana County is a non-profit organization that provides intensive classroom and hands-on experience to build leadership capabilities. The program is governed by a board of trustees and is self sustained through tuition, corporate and community support.