Here’s your last chance – Quality Assurance & Horse Safety & Ethics

If you have not completed QA already this year, here is your last chance in Clermont. If not, you must attend one in the state of Ohio by June 1 and return your documentation to OSU Extension Clermont County.

Quality Assurance

Saturday, May 18 at 4:30pm in the 4-H Hall  This will qualify any livestock species except horse. 

Thursday, May 23 at 5:00pm in the 4-H Hall  This will be a poultry specific clinic with QA geared toward poultry. It will qualify any livestock species but horse. 

Horse Safety & Ethics (MUST be taken by ALL FIRST YEAR horse exhibitors)

Saturday, May 18 at 4:30pm in the 4-H Hall Kitchen

Thursday, May 23 at 5:00pm in the 4-H Hall Kitchen



Spring 2019 — Lawn Conditions & Update

From Joseph Rimelspach & Todd Hicks / The Ohio State University – Dept. of Plant Pathology

Many lawns are coming out of winter in poor condition. A number of different factors are involved. The thin or dead turf will pose challenges this season especially with achieving acceptable weed control. The following are some observations seen in Ohio this spring.

Much of the damage seems to be associated with the very wet conditions last fall and winter followed by extensive “heaving” of the turf plants. Frost heaving occurs when wide temperature fluctuations, with repeated cycles of freezing and thawing, cause the water in the soil to expand and contract. This can cause the plant crowns to become elevated. If roots are exposed to cold temperatures and drying winds there can be decline or death of the plants. Lawns with this condition may benefit from light rolling. If there are large bare areas seeding and renovation may be helpful.

Areas in shady lawns seem to be the worst. In some samples/lawns the grass affected was Poa trivialis (rough bluegrass) this is a shallow rooted turfgrass and often found in shaded sites. This grass would peel back or is loose and not rooted.

In other cases there is bear soil exposed, with no grass present. One main cause was damage to the lawn last summer and fall from disease(s). One particular disease that was epidemic last year throughout Ohio was Gray Leaf Spot, caused by the fungus (Magnaporthe oryzae). This disease kills perennial ryegrass. Where the disease was active last summer and fall the grass was completely killed and decayed and left bear areas in lawns.

The sudden shift from hot summer weather on October 10, 2018 to wet cold conditions the rest of the fall, did not allow for successful seeding and renovation of lawns or lawn recovery from the intense and stressful summer. The majority of lawns in Ohio are composed of cool-season grasses (bluegrass, ryegrass, fine fescue and tall fescue) these grow best in mild autumn and spring weather. Since the weather quickly changed from being too hot to grow these grasses to too cold, there was little time for the cool-season grasses to recover and fill in before winter.
Winter conditions caused many Kentucky bluegrasses to have severe browning of the leaves. In most cases the crowns of the Kentucky bluegrass are alive and will grow with more consistent warmer temperatures.

If there are parts of the lawn with bare soil the question is what to do? If there is Kentucky bluegrass surrounding thin or bear areas, the spots can fill in over-time especially with a sound fertility program. If there is no Kentucky bluegrass or the areas are large, renovation will be needed. Spring however is not the ideal time to do seeding. If seeding is done there may be poor germination and weak establishment of the desired grass. At the same time weeds quickly germinate and are often a major problem. So this may be a challenging year! Much depends on the weather and if there is a long mild spring for the cool-season grass to fill in and develop a deep root system before the heat and stress of summer.

Hopefully this helps explain some of what we are seeing in lawns at this time.

Thin weak lawn this spring in the Dayton area.

Perennial School is April 11 – See who’s speaking!

Dr. Gary Gao – “Herbaceous Perennials – The Inspiration for it All” 

Dr. Gary Gao started his horticulture extension career with OSU Extension in Clermont County as a horticulture extension agent/educator in August 14, 1993.  Back then, perennials were relatively new to the general public.  Most gardeners were more interested in trees, shrubs and annual flowers.  However, gardening experts and advanced gardeners were quite hungry for information on herbaceous perennials.  Gary thought it would be good to stat a program on perennials.  He was hoping for 30-50 people for the first Perennial School.  Little did he know, the program drew more 95 registrations!  He had to turn away more than 20 due to the fire code for the classroom.  Several years later, the program grew a lot and drew a record attendance of 280, which was again limited by the fire code of that meeting facility.  Gary transferred to OSU Extension in Delaware County in 2006, and then OSU South Centers in Piketon in 2011 as an associate professor and extension specialist for berry crops.  Please join Gary for an informative session on how Southwest Ohio Perennial Flower got started and what his favorite perennials are.

Dr. Gao started the Southwest Ohio Perennial School in 1994

Cory Christopher – “Lest Our Children Forget: Invasive plants, Native Habitat, and our Shifting Baseline”

Cory Christopher serves as the Director and Suzanne E. & Phillip O. Geier Chair of the Center for Conservation at the Cincinnati Nature Center. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Ecology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati, where he studied the impacts of invasive plants on native systems. His post-doctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis focused on the restoration of longleaf pine savannas in the SE United States. His professional interests lie at the intersection of education and conservation, with a particular focus on helping people embrace the native biodiversity in their back yards.

Steve Ferris – “GARDEN ROSES….The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!”

B.S. Landscape Horticulture, OSU, 1970; 25 years as a Wholesale Sales Rep for large Garden Rose Growers: Armstrong Roses, Weeks Roses, Certified Roses, and Jackson and Perkins Roses
Currently serves on the panel of Judges at The Biltmore International Rose Trials, Ashville, NC
(Rose Gardening experience in his own “Garden of Death and Destruction!”)

Jim McCormac – “Ohio Birds and Biodiversity”

I am a lifelong Ohioan who has made a study of natural history since the age of eight or so – longer than I can remember! A fascination with birds has grown into an amazement with all of nature, and an insatiable curiosity to learn more. One of my major ambitions is to get more people interested in nature. The more of us who care, the more likely that our natural world will survive.

Chris Daeger  “You are a gardener, therefore you are an artist”

Horticulturally active since 1963, professionally since 1980, Chris Daeger has had experiences in greenhouse work, floral arranging, “bone orchard” grounds maintenance, landscape designing and installation, and growing all sorts of weird and unusual trees and shrubs.  He is the retired manager – director of the Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum (where he began in 1983), and the owner of B.C. Nursery (established in 1980).  And does anyone really care about all the educational experiences and the memberships of all the horticultural organizations?  Naw, I doubt it.

Private Pesticide and Fertilizer Recert Paperwork

…that you’ve taken the re-certification class, Gigi filed your forms with ODA and now it is time to make sure YOUR paper work to ODA is filed.  The private pesticide and fertilizer applicator paperwork and $30 fee is due to Ohio Department of Agriculture with postmark or completed by March 31. You may file and complete it online too.


 All market hogs must come to the fairgrounds for tag-in the second Saturday in May. Due to the amount of lost tags last year, we will be tagging both ears of every hog. One will be a Federal ID tag and one will be a Junior Fair Board tag. If a hog loses a tag after tag-in a consultant must be notified while there is still a hole in the ear so it can be re-tagged. Bringing hogs to the fairgrounds gives us the opportunity to continue the Rate of Gain competition. There will again be awards for the Barrow and Gilt that have the highest percentage of daily weight gain from the tag-in date to the weigh-in date at fair. Rate of Gain will be optional. Hogs are not required to be weighed at the tag in date.

Effective 2019, ALL hogs coming to the fairgrounds for tag-in will be receiving the swine influenza nasal spray vaccination from our fair vet, Jason Patchell or one of his staff members along with a health check. There is a $2.00 fee per hog for the nasal spray. If a hog has already received the vaccination it will receive it again. There is no harm in re-administering this spray. You can find more information on this vaccination at by clicking here.

Date: Saturday, May 11th
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm – Must be in line by 11:00 am.
Location: Clermont County Fairgrounds – Hogs need to enter the Locust Street Gate. There will be help directing trailers where to go. Trucks and trailers will pull through the barn like we do during the fair unloading/weigh in.

Common Q&A:
1. Am I required to bring pictures of my hogs? No, pictures are no longer required.
2. Am I able to tag my own hogs at the fairgrounds? Yes, anyone who wants to tag their own can do so on the fairgrounds. We will be disinfecting the taggers after every trailer.
3. Will someone tag my hogs if I do not want to? Yes, there will be people available to tag hogs. The people tagging will change boot covers after every trailer and disinfect the taggers.
4. Will there be a vet on-site? Yes, our fair vet will be present. He or an appointed representative will be confirming all hogs have been castrated.
5. Am I required to unload and weigh my hogs? No, the Rate of Gain competition is optional.
6. Are the scales certified? Yes, the scales will be set and certified for this tag in/weigh in.
7. Will registration paperwork be given to advisors prior to the tag-in date? No, all hog paperwork will be handed out at the tag-in. 
8. What if I have different species on the same trailer? Recommendation is to get in the hog line. If there is a wait, goats and lambs can be walked to their tag-in/weigh-in.
9. What if my hog has already received the influenza nasal spray? They will receive it again. There is no harm in re-administering it. There are no exceptions.
10. Will there be a charge for the influenza nasal spray? Yes, $2.00 per hog, paid at the time of spray.
11. What if my hog loses a tag between tag-in and fair? You must contact Kim Hill @ 513-767-6908 to get re-tagged while there is still a hole in the ear. We will be confirming that the other ear’s tag is registered to the correct exhibitor.

JF Animal Project Registration and Meat Chicken Ordering

Don’t forget that tomorrow March 9, 2019 is an in person animal project registration and meat chicken ordering from 8a – 10a in the Junior Fairboard Office. This is NOT a tag-in date!

Make sure you bring your animal identification information with you to put on the form. ie. scrapie number, tattoos, etc. If you have breed registration forms, this will be greatly helpful.

Last day to order meat chickens is April 6th from 8a-10a.



Clermont Pond Clinic

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The pond clinic is growing this year with more speakers, breakout sessions and a new location at the Cincinnati Nature Center.

Check out our agenda offering you guidance on owning and maintaining ponds:

  • Guest Speaker: Eugene Braig, Program Director of Ohio State University Extension Aquatic Ecosystems Program, will deliver the opening presentation regarding healthy fisheries.
  • Breakout Session 1APonds 101 Jake Hahn with Clermont SWCD brings 10 years of pond assistance tips and guidance. For those new to pond management or construction
  • Breakout Session 1BFish Stocking with Jones Fish Hatchery. What fish will be most successful in your pond and what fish you should stock that you don’t know about.
  • Breakout Session 2APond Weed Control with Jones Fish Hatchery. Learn to ID and manage plants in your pond from those who deal with it every day.
  • Breakout Session 2BThe Benefits of Riparian Buffers, and plants that are suitable for pond habitat and attracting wildlife with Olivia Espinoza of the Cincinnati Nature Center.

Come early for our pond walk with experts if you desire. Weather dependent 4 pm-5 pm. We will discuss what we find including plant life, pond problems and maybe look at some macro invertebrates. This will be an easy hike, but may include uneven terrain.

Cincinnati Nature Center- Rowe Woods
4949 Tealtown Road Milford, OH 45150
Tuesday April 9th, 2019, 5:30-8:00

There is no cost, but registration is required to gain free admission to the Cincinnati Nature Center. To register, call 513-732-7075 ext: 2 until April 7th. Clermont County Farm Bureau is providing snacks.

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2019 Pesticide/Fertilizer Recertification Registration is Open

Get registered today for upcoming Private Applicator Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification classes.

March 14, 2019  Clermont County Fairgrounds, 4-H Hall  (1000 Locust Street, Batavia, OH)

12:30pm  Fertilizer

1:30pm  Pesticide

Once registered for the class then mail in and pay your ODA licensing fee. You must do both to get your 2019 recertification license.

OSU Extension Recertification Registration link!

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

The Produce Safety Rule requires at least one supervisor or responsible party from every farm covered under the rule to receive training under an FDA recognized curriculum. The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training is the only standardized national training program currently approved by FDA to satisfy this requirement.

Trained and certified staff from the Ohio Department of Agriculture are providing Grower Training courses across the state free of charge to Ohio farms. This one-day course will cover the key areas and requirements of the Produce Safety Rule. More information on the Produce Safety Alliance and Grower Training courses being held can be found below or by calling (614) 600-4272 or email

If you would like to schedule a training in your area please call (614) 600-4272 or email

Course Schedule:

Ottawa, OH on February 27, 2019

Sandusky County – February 28, 2019

Licking County – March 12, 2019

Brown County – March 15, 2019 – Information coming soon.  Call (614) 600-4272 to register.

Morgan County – March 19, 2019

Clermont County – March 20, 2019

Montgomery County – March 21, 2019

Pike County – March 29, 2019

Wayne County – April 4, 2019

Mahoning County – April 11, 2019