The Events/Programs link page at the OSU Extension Beef Team website has a list of local and regional Beef Quality Assurance training and certification opportunities: http://u.osu.edu/beefteam/events-programs/.
The next BQA event in Muskingum County will be Tuesday, May 8, at 7:00 PM at the Muskingum Livestock Auction sale barn.
Press release from the Ohio Department of Agriculture:
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Mar. 1, 2018) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced a new partnership with FieldWatch, Inc. to introduce a new sensitive crop registry that will enhance communication between applicators and producers in Ohio. FieldWatch is a not-for-profit company with existing registries currently used by multiple states and private companies across the country. The new partnership will facilitate increased awareness, communication and interaction between all parties as part of ongoing stewardship activities.
The Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (OSCR) brought to you by FieldWatch will allow beekeepers and commercial producers of specialty crops (such as tomatoes, fruit trees, grapes and organic crops) to register and map their sites online with an easy-to-use mapping tool and provide contact information about their operation. Pesticide applicators can access the site to help determine the scope and location of specialty crops and beehives in their areas. Registered applicators can sign up to receive email notifications when new specialty crop fields or beehives are added to their designated state, county or areas.
“FieldWatch has made great progress in other states and we are excited to partner with them on this project in Ohio,” said Matt Beal, chief of the ODA Division of Plant Health. “This technology is cutting-edge and will bring applicators and producers together to communicate their needs as we work toward our shared goal of the safe use of pesticides in our state.”
The new registry is free and voluntary to use. Both commercial and hobby beekeepers can use the system, however only managers and owners of specialty crop fields that are used for commercial production and are of at least a half-acre in size will have fields approved by the state data steward. OSCR by FieldWatch is not intended for homeowners or those with small gardens.
Pesticide applicators will have different options for viewing locations on the new system but all users (applicators, producers, and beekeepers) will need to go to www.fieldwatch.com and create an account to get started.
Questions about OSCR by FieldWatch can be directed to 614-728-6386 or SensitiveCropRegistry@agri.ohio.gov or email@example.com.
Current events suggest changes in the Pork industry in regards to international trade. Costs of production are also projected to rise. Chris Hurt published an article at farmdoc daily that helps put some numbers in perspective: http://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2018/04/pork-tariffs-sour-industry-outlook.html
A few highlights:
“Energy costs are expected to rise…forecasting a nine percent rise for on-road diesel prices this year and a seven percent rise in retail gasoline prices.”
“The U.S. sold China 525 million pounds of pork in 2017 worth $1.1 billion. This was nine percent of our total export volume last year.”
“While China bought two percent of U.S. production in 2017, Mexico purchased seven percent and Canada an additional two percent. ”
“Several forces are driving costs higher, but feed is the primary culprit.”
Hurt, C. “Weekly Outlook: Pork Tariffs Sour Industry Outlook.” farmdoc daily (8):57, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 2, 2018.
The Ohio State University will be holding the Ohio Blueberry, Bramble, & Wine Grape Pruning School in March…
On March 15th, 2018, OSU will be holding a pruning school offered to growers in Piketon, Ohio.
The school will be hosted by Dr. Gary Gao, Extension Specialist and Associate Professor from The Ohio State University South Centers.
This school is geared towards all levels of growers, and will cover a varierty of topics.
Registration is now open. The deadline to register is March 12th.
For more information you may contact Charissa Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 740.289.2071.
Updates from Muskingum Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program are available at http://u.osu.edu/muskingumanr.