OSU Extension to Host Winter Beef Programs

Mark your calendars now for the Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management School, targeted for anyone raising, feeding, or marketing any class of beef cattle.   Session 1 (6-9:00 p.m. January 29th at Luckey Farmers Inc. main office in Sandusky County, and January 30th at the OSU Newark Campus in Licking County) will feature former OSU research nutritionist and current University of Georgia Department of Animal Sciences Chair, Dr. Francis Fluharty discussing the use of small grains, by-product feeds, and cover crop forages in both feedlot and beef cow diets.  Session 2 (February 12th in Sandusky County, and February 13th in Licking County, both 6-9:00 p.m.) will feature talks by OSU Extension Educators on marketing strategies, feeding and managing for carcass quality, forage testing, and managing annual forages for grazing and hay.

The Ohio State University Extension Beef Team also plans to hold a hands-on, Ohio Beef Cow/Calf workshop at the Claylick Run Farm Sale Facility outside of Newark, in Licking County.  This workshop will be held from 10 a.m – 2:00 p.m., including lunch, with 2 different sessions, January 30th, and February 13th.  Session 1 will focus on alternative feeds and forages, and managing beef brood cow nutrition, with discussion led by Dr. Francis Fluharty.  Session 2 will focus on herd health and reproduction with Dr. Les Anderson from the University of Kentucky and Dr. Foster Anderson with Bailey Veterinary Clinic, and will include live demonstrations from OSU Extension Beef Team members on body condition scoring, bull breeding soundness evaluation, and semen handling.

For more details and information, or to register, contact Allen Gahler in Sandusky County at 419-334-6340 or, or Dean Kreager in Licking County at 740-670-5315, or

Monday, December 9, 2019 Press Release

Zanesville, OH–Putting up a tree this holiday season?  Keep it real!  We all have our preferences and strategies for holiday decorating, but if you go for a live tree there are few good tips to keep in mind.

  1.  Know your stand.  Go for a larger reservoir to keep the tree fresher longer
  2.  Make sure you have a fresh cut. If left to long, the base of the trunk will seal and be unable to absorb water
  3. Water immediately as soon as you get home. If you can’t put the tree up right away, put it in a bucket or tub in the garage.
  4. Plan your placement.  Windows with southern exposure will dry the tree out faster.
  5. Water often.  Check the water level daily and make sure it does not go below the base of the tree.
  6. Plan to recycle.

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Upcoming events

December 12, 2019. Farm Bill Education Meeting, 7:00 PM, Tri-Valley High School

January 7., 2020.  Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast, 8:00 AM, Friendly Hills Grange

January 10. Pizza, Pop and Profit, 12:00 PM, Rural Services Building

January 14. 5:30 PM, Master Gardener Training Class Begins

January 16. Private Pesticide Applicator Exam Training, 6:00 PM, Rural Services Building

January 23. Private Pesticide Applicator Exam Session, 1:00 PM, Rural Services Building (Register for Exam at this link)

February 4. 8:00 AM, Muskingum Ag Network Breakfast

February 4. 10:00 AM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training

February 6. 6:00 PM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training

A check on the weather shows just a trace of rain at the Zanesville Weather station (Zanesville Municipal AP) in the past seven days. 30-day rainfail total is 1.65 inches and a total of 38.95 inches is recorded for the year. (

Register for the 2020 Agronomy School

Zanesville, OH–Join OSU Extension in Muskingum and Coshocton Counties for the 2020 Agronomy School. This school will focus on topics to increase corn profitability, improve grain crop nutrient management, and understand new trends in Ohio weather. Also learn more about the farm bill, commodity prices, and trade issues. Featured speakers include Aaron Wilson, Atmospheric Scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; Ben Brown, Program Manager for Farm Management; Glen Arnold, Field Specialist, Manure Management; and Harold Watters, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems.

Date and time: Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Location: Dresden United Methodist Church, 1014 Main Street, Dresden, OH 43821.

PRE-Registration is required, and the fee is $30 per person. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 22, 2020. This fee includes refreshments, hot lunch, handouts, and a copy of Bulletin #969 – A Field Guide to Identifying Critical Resource Concerns and Best Management Practices. Fertilizer Certification and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits have been applied for. A program registration form is available at The event website can be found at Contact the Muskingum County Extension office at 740-454-0144 or with questions.

New Master Gardener Volunteer Class Deadline Extended to December 31, 2019

The Ohio State University Extension Office of Muskingum County will be offering a new class to train Master Gardener Volunteers in 2020.  Classes will be held Tuesday evenings starting January 14 through April 21.  Class location is 225 Underwood Street, Zanesville, OH.  Applications must be completed and returned to the Muskingum County Extension Office by December 31, 2019.

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents, who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

Questions can be directed to Clifton Martin, Extension Educator at 740-454-0144 or  A copy of the application may be picked up at the Muskingum County Extension Office, 225 Underwood Street, Zanesville, OH.  The application is available online at

Ohio FSA and OSU Extension Service Host Farm Bill Education Meeting Dec 12, 2019

The Ohio State University Extension Service and FSA County offices are planning a series of 2018 Farm Bill education meetings across the state. All producers are invited to attend these informational meetings, which are designed to provide important information to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.

The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill, however producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months. Additional details about these meetings can be found on Ohio FSA’s State Events webpage or the Ohio State Extension Service website. The meetings are scheduled from November to early February in advance of the coming ARC/PLC enrollment deadlines in 2020.

A meeting for Muskingum County will be held Dec 12, 2019 at Tri-Valley High School from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

There also are resources available online that can assist producers in their ARC/PLC decision-making process. Links to these resources are available from FSA at

The OSU Farm Bill Resource Page is at