Soil, pest program
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Area vegetable producers are encouraged to attend a program on soil fertility and pest management planned for Feb. 9 at the Deerfield Farms Crop Center, 3992 state Route 208.
The program is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will have an emphasis on vine crops and sweet corn production.
Paul Leeds and Kendall Stewart from Evergreen Plant Food Co. will lead a discussion on understanding and utilizing soil test results and address a number of other topics including fertilizer placement/foliar feeding, timing of fertilizer applications and liming.
Specialists from Dupont, Sygenta, Bayer and UAP Great Lakes will be featured during the pest management portion of the program. They will provide an update on products and management strategies for targeting local pest issues.
A light lunch will be provided for those who pre-register for the session by contacting the Deerfield office at (724) 946-3551.
Elected president
BOARDMAN -- Brian W. Keeling, president of Waynco Electrical Contractors Inc., Mineral Ridge, has been elected 2005 president of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Penn-Ohio Chapter.
The association represents the electrical construction industry in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.
Other newly elected officers are William T. Leone, Tri-Area Electric, Youngstown, vice president; Kevin D. Beil of University Electric Co. Inc., Youngstown, treasurer; and David A. Dickey of Joe Dickey Electric, North Lima, governor. The other board member is Rex A. Ferry of Valley Electrical Consolidated, Girard, who also serves as district II vice president of the National Electrical Contractors Association.
Keeling is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a degree in electrical engineering technology.
He and his wife, the former Cynthia Baker, live in Mineral Ridge with their two children, Kyle and Krista.
Oil output quota
VIENNA, Austria -- A key OPEC committee recommended Saturday that the oil cartel keep its current output quota unchanged, its president said, signaling that oil producers believe current prices near $50 a barrel are not too high.
The decision could heighten U.S. consumer concern about heating oil prices this winter.
Kuwait's oil minister Sheik Ahmad Fahd al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who heads the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, said the recommendation to keep the quota at 27 million barrels a day was made by the group's Ministerial Monitoring Committee.
"We believe that we [will] continue with the ceiling, but at the same time [need] to comply with the decision we made in Egypt," he said, adding that some cuts had already been made.
The 10 members of the group subject to quotas are overproducing by some 500,000 barrels daily, al-Sabah said. Iraq is not subject to the quota.
GM exec honored
Patricia J. Roberts, general director of General Motors' Women's Retail Initiative, was honored by the Women's Automotive Association International (WAAI) for her leadership role in the automotive industry.
Roberts was presented with the WAAI's "Spirit of Leadership" award at a luncheon in New Orleans, La., in conjunction with the annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention.
The annual award recognizes professional women in the automotive industry for their significant accomplishments in their profession, community and family.
Recipients of this award demonstrate a commitment to their profession and to giving back to others.
Vindicator staff/wire reports

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