Biz Beat: Citizens National Bank to host Financial Fair

By John Bush -

LIMA — Each branch of Citizens National Bank will host a Financial Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in celebration of Community Banking Month.

This educational event will feature information about CNB’s newest products, as well as games and prizes. The bank’s technology experts will be on hand to answer questions regarding CNB’s mobile banking products, and business banking officers and mortgage lenders will be available to discuss business and home loan needs. Cake will be served.

To learn more about the Financial Fair or to request an appointment with a tech expert or banker, visit

Farms chosen by Ohio Farm Bureau

Three farms in the Blanchard River Watershed have been selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to serve as demonstration farms to showcase new and innovative conservation practices that reduce and prevent nutrient run-off.

Kellogg Farms, of Forest, covers 305 acres in a corn/soybean rotation. This site will focus on subsurface nutrient placement and its effect on yields. It will also look at potential fertilizer savings using different methods, timing and placements of cover crops.

Kurt Farm, of Dunkirk, is 168 acres of corn/soybean fields. The project will monitor the effect on water quality of a two-stage ditch that was constructed previously with assistance from The Nature Conservancy. Other studies may look at subsurface placement of nutrients, plus no till, cover crops, blind inlets, filter strips and nutrient removal technologies.

Stateler farm, in McComb, includes 208 acres in a corn, soybean and wheat rotation plus a swine wean to finish operation. This site will focus on managing nutrients associated with modern animal agriculture. In addition to existing conservation practices, other practices to be considered are intensive soil testing, drainage water management, tile water treatment systems, paired edge of field testing, alternative cropping rotations and variable rate nutrient placement. An animal mortality composting facility is also being proposed.

Educational meeting to explain Benefit Plan

LIMA — A free educational meeting explaining the new SOCA Benefit Plan will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. May 3 at the City Club, 144 S. Main St., Lima.

The SOCA Benefit Plan is a self-funded insurance pool that enables small businesses with two to 50 employees to take advantage of a medical plan with more rate stability and potential cost savings, a press release stated.

The meeting will be hosted by the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and is open to regional businesses and the general public. Registration is required, and will begin at 7:30 a.m. Email with questions.

Time Warner Cable offering free calls

NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable has announced that all calls placed by its residential and commercial phone customers to landline and mobile numbers in Ecuador, Japan and Myanmar will be free through May 19.

Free calling will be retroactive for calls placed to the three countries beginning April 13 for Myanmar, April 14 for Japan and April 16 for Ecuador — the dates that each country suffered a devastating earthquake.

TWC phone customers who make calls to the three countries during the eligible time period do not need to make any changes to their accounts. Customers who were charged on or after the retroactive free calling date will be credited automatically.

Wright State to hold business classes

CELINA — Non-credit classes for May 2016 are available through the Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University-Lake Campus.

According to a news release, these classes are geared towards working adults, business owners, managers, supervisors and employees.

To register for classes or to obtain more details about BEC programs, call 419-586-0355 or email

Modern Woodmen finds success in 2015

OTTAWA — Modern Woodmen of America continued to grow its financial and fraternal successes in 2015, according to recently released results.

The fraternal financial services organization reports that life insurance in force grew by more than $800 million for the fifth straight year, and assets reached $14.8 billion. Additionally, Modern Woodmen contributed $19.2 million to communities nationwide through its fraternal member benefits and programs last year.

Local Modern Woodmen representative Stan Haselman, whose office is in Ottawa, is proud of the organization’s continued success.

“We are committed to serving our members for life,” said Haselman. “Thanks to Modern Woodmen’s financial strength and fraternal offerings, we’re able to make an impact year after year.”

ODA accepting grant proposals

REYNOLDSBURG — The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which will provide funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and nursery crops, a press release stated.

Grant funding is provided by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service. The deadline for online grant proposal submissions is 4 p.m. June 3. Grants will range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $150,000. In addition, all applicants must provide a minimum match of 25 percent of the requested grant amount.

Food and agricultural non-profit organizations, associations or commodity groups, universities and research institutions are eligible to submit specialty crop proposals.

For more details, available forms, or a copy of the request for proposals, visit the ODA’s website at

By John Bush

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima

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