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Septic systems are a way of life for rural homeowners and offer a convenient and efficient way to treat home wastewater. There are 1.3 million on-site septic systems in Michigan and an estimated 10% are failing. A failing septic system contributes harmful bacteria into surface and groundwate…

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CORUNNA — Corunna FFA members traveled to East Lansing with 2000-plus members from across the state to participate in contests, degree ceremonies and attend the sessions March 4-6.

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CORUNNA — Participants are invited to get a preview of new plants available this year at the next meeting of The Owosso Garden Club at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. Shiawassee St.

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NEW LOTHROP — The New Lothrop FFA Chapter conducted its greenhand and chapter degree ceremony Dec. 10, hosted by the junior and senior officer teams.

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This week we’ll continue our review of the All-America Selections winners for vegetables. These varieties have been rigorously tested in garden trials across North America and passed with flying colors, earning the status of AAS winner.

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ST. JOHNS — The Clinton Conservation District and MSU Extension are partnering with AgroLiquid North Central Research Station to host a workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the AgroLiquid NCRS, 5605 N. Findlay Road.

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SHIAWASSEE TWP. — The Shiawassee Conservation District is hosting a beekeeping workshop aimed at beginning beekeepers and those who are considering beekeeping.

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OVID — From among thousands of 4-H participants in Michigan, Caleb Hall recently was selected as the 2019 4-H Animal Science Sportsperson of the Year.

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VENICE TWP. — The black walnut stands majestically in the front yard of Kelly Iott and Mike Chrzan’s home, an example of near-perfect symmetry and form in nature.

ST. JOHNS — The Clinton Conservation District and MSU Extension are partnering with AgroLiquid North Central Research Station to host a workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the AgroLiquid NCRS, 5605 N. Findlay Road.

We’re half way through February and so far have been spared an abundance of winter weather. Nonetheless, winter seems to be dragging on. And the treasures in those abundant mail-order gardening catalogs grow more tempting daily.

The Ovid-Elsie FFA chapter recently announced award winners at the district leadership contest event. Josie Nash won a gold award in the Job Interview event and adanced to regionals. Willow Evans and Cassidy Harris both won gold in Junior High Public Speaking and advanced. Clarisse Fitzpatri…

SHIAWASSEE TWP. — The Shiawassee Conservation District is hosting a beekeeping workshop aimed at beginning beekeepers and those who are considering beekeeping.

OVID — From among thousands of 4-H participants in Michigan, Caleb Hall recently was selected as the 2019 4-H Animal Science Sportsperson of the Year.

Is it a fruit or a vegetable? While not the same level of deep philosophical question as, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?,” it has been the topic of debate in many garden and kitchen conversations.

VENICE TWP. — The black walnut stands majestically in the front yard of Kelly Iott and Mike Chrzan’s home, an example of near-perfect symmetry and form in nature.

Amber Szakal, fourth from left, was recognized on Nov. 18 by the Corunna Public Schools Board of Education for earning a national silver award in the dairy handlers competition at the national FFA convention Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Indianapolis. She also won a state dairy handlers event in July.

INDIANAPOLIS — On Oct. 29, 10 members of the Perry FFA chapter traveled to the 92nd National FFA Convention, along with students from Byron, Corunna and Durand.

CORUNNA — The November Owosso Garden Club meeting is a hands-on, make-and-take, holiday table centerpiece workshop, presented by the staff from Peacock Road Farm.

It’s prime time to enjoy one of the most breathtaking seasons of the year. Nature’s vistas blaze with color; scarlet, ruby, golden yellow and myriad shades in between. Most dramatic are the large trees, dominated by the many maples native to our area and accented with beech, birch, poplars a…

OWOSSO — Superheroes, dinosaurs, princesses and witches were among the many fantastic characters roaming the streets Saturday as the city hosted its annual downtown trick-or-treat.

DURAND — The annual dinner meeting of the Shiawassee County Agricultural Society, the organization that owns and directs the operation of the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, is scheduled for Dec. 14.

Rep. Ben Frederick, R- Owosso, recently hosted an agriculture listening event at Don and Jamie Somers’ farm near Henderson. Rep. Luke Meerman, vice-chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, spoke at the event, along with Janna Fritz of the Michigan Soybean Association and Ryan Findlay of …

BENNINGTON TWP. — When William Fred Kline agreed to pass down his 80-acre farm along Bennington Road to his son Roland in 1934, he sold the farm for $1 and “love and affection.”

OWOSSO TWP. — The DeVries Nature Conservancy hosted its annual fall festival Saturday afternoon, attracting hundreds of people to the event.

Spring flowering bulbs are an excellent garden investment. At a time when the landscapes are shutting down, dormant bulbs are tucked into the ground to quietly grow roots. Plants emerge and bloom in spring, bringing an early start to the gardening season, often well before we can work the soil.

Second-grade students from Elsa Meyer Elementary in Corunna recently participated in Rural Education Day at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds. Students learned about life on the farm. The activities gave students a better understanding of how their food is produced, how to care for animals a…

OWOSSO TWP. — The Shiawassee Conservation District is offering a morning nature walk along the Shiawassee River with district forester Chris Worst.

CORUNNA — The next meeting of the Owosso Garden Club begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 111 S Shiawassee St.

BYRON — The BYRON FFA alumni and friends plan a pork and turkey barbecue fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 before the homecoming game in the high school cafeteria.