Forage Focus

This article was originally published in  The Journal on January 28, 2019.

In today’s world, multimedia resources are intertwined with the average American’s daily activities. From social media to YouTube, a vast amount of information is available at the tip of your finger on a mobile device.

Extension has been making greater efforts to be present on those media platforms and utilizing non-traditional teaching methods to get information out to Ohioans. If you utilize YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you can find OSU Extension channels and accounts providing educational resources in the forms of articles, videos, photos, and more.

If you are a livestock or forage producer, there is a new OSU Extension program available for you on YouTube called ‘Forage Focus’. This program is produced by The Ohio State University South Centers and is created by county agricultural educators. The primary goal of the program is to address timely topics for pasture based livestock managers.

Forage Focus airs live on the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. on YouTube at www.go.osu.edu/sclive. Videos are then posted on the South Centers YouTube channel and shared on social media. I invite you to tune in for the live stream and to share videos you like on your social media accounts.

Some of the topics addressed on the program so far have been, “Ten Tips for Buying Horse Hay”, “Forage Considerations Around Pipelines”, “Rabies in Livestock”, and “Soil Health Under Saturated Conditions.” Coming up in the February show will be “Frost Seeding Legumes.”

You will hopefully recognize the host of the show, your county ANR Educator- me. If you have ideas for upcoming shows, please contact me with suggestions. This program is an effort to provide the information our producers need in an engaging and simple format.

You can find all the Forage Focus programs posted at https://www.youtube.com/user/southcenters. Check them out!

Videos are also re-posted on this blog at https://u.osu.edu/gelley.2/videos.