Message from the Assistant Director
This is a new section of the newsletter where I will provide you with updates on some of the things I’ve been working on. Since I ask you for updates, I thought it was only fair for me to do the same.
Since October, I have been with working closely with the CFAES finance office on changes in PAT funds handling. These changes were mandated by OSU internal audit for the entire college. The academic units have been undergoing changes in funds handling over the last two years, and now it’s our turn.
The process for PAT funds handling has gone through many iterations. I know this has been frustrating. But we’ve been trying to make this process as county friendly as possible and have worked through many challenges and road blocks. We finally have the process worked out, at least for this PAT season. The key points are as follows (from my email dated 2-17-17):
- You will not be charged the $5 per person overhead fee. These funds were to be deposited with the state PSEP office. This is no longer the case. If you were charged this, and I don’t think anyone has yet, it will be returned to your county accounts managed through the CFAES finance office.
- We are centrally covering the dreaded 5.7% fee OSU charges for revenue accounts. This 5.7% charge will show up in your county accounting statements, however it will be returned to the county accounts managed on campus by the CFAES finance office.
- Between the return of the dreaded 5.7% fee and not collecting the $5 per person fee, the county will still be getting all the funds they normally would have received from conducting pest ed training. The only change is that these funds will be available through the county account as managed by the CFAES finance office on campus instead of being in your local county checking accounts.
This summer, a committee of educators will be formed to work with my office and CFAES finance on future changes. Thank you for your patience during this process.
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- Henry County ANR county screenings were conducted on February 20.
- Williams Co. is going to hire an additional ANR Educator to work with Flo Chirra. That position will be posted soon.
- Barb Brahm, Interim RD for the SE Region has announced her retirement effective May 31 of 2017. The search process for this position is just beginning with Tom Archer as the search committee chair.
- The search for a new Dean/Vice President of Agricultural Operations is continuing. Two candidates have been brought to campus to date.
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Congratulations to Chris Penrose and Jeff McCutcheon on their election to represent CFAES on the University Senate!
Building Ohio State
Building Ohio State tells the story of the unique connections and history shared between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to the renovation of the Thompson Library, the University has been instrumental in promoting forest research and education and demonstrating sound management of Ohio’s forests.
The exhibition examines the past, present, and future of Ohio’s timber resources. From near-complete removal at the beginning of the 20th century, Ohio’s forests made a comeback thanks to The Ohio State University’s many contributions to forestry research, acquisitions of forest land, and its sustainable management. Building Ohio State celebrates the 10th anniversary of the renovation of the Thompson Library with white oak (Quercus alba) harvested from Ohio’s Zaleski State Forest. The exhibition highlights sustainable forest management and its continuing role in education, sustainability, and economic development in the state of Ohio.
This project is organized by The Ohio State University Libraries and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in collaboration with the Ohio Society of American Foresters, the Ohio Forestry Association, the Ohio Tree Farm Committee, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.
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FACT Training Notice from ODA via Mimi Rose, PSEP Coordinator
The ODA want us to let our producers know that no one needs to recertify their FACT certificate this year. Surprisingly large numbers of farmers who were certified before this year are showing up at meetings this winter. If there is anything you can do to get the word out, please help. You may want to inform people at check in, or even make a sign to this effect. These eager beavers probably contributed to problems we’ve had at some meetings with running out of FACT manuals.
If you need more FACT or PAT manuals let us know and we can help you locate some. Also, we are reprinting both with expected delivery 2/16.
ODA wants pesticide and fertilizer re-certifications to occur in the same year. This will simplify things for our farmers, OSUE, and ODA. The table below is a guide to when farmers will need to recertify their FACT certificates.
|Year Pesticide License is Renewed
||Year FACT Certified
||Need to recertify Pesticide before expiration in
||Need to re-certify FACT before expiration in
Fall 2014 certificates will be treated like 2015 certificates
Nobody with an Ohio fertilizer certification will need to re-certify prior to 2018. You may have a fertilizer certification that shows an expiration date prior to 2018, but the ODA will automatically re-issue the certificate when they receive your next license renewal.
For example, if your pesticide license expires in 2017, and you earned your fertilizer certificate in 2016, you will automatically be reissued a fertilizer certificate that has an expiration date the same as your pesticide license when the ODA receives your pesticide license renewal. Both will expire in 2020.
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Recently Published Fact Sheets and Other Publications
Maps, Apps and Mobile Media Marketing
by Julie Fox, Rob Leeds, Eric Barrett, and Jacci Smith
Whole Farm Planning Model
by David L. Marrison
Planning for the Successful Transition of Your Agricultural Business
by Davis L. Marrison
Current Sanitation Practices for Leafy Green Vegetables for Processors, Retailers, and Consumers
by Ryan A. Gehringer, Sudhir Sastry and Gönül Kaletunç
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Native Bees
by Denise Ellsworth
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Bumble Bees
by Denise Ellsworth
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Pollinators
by Denise Ellsworth
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Honey Bees
by Denise Ellsworth
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Monarchs
by Denise Ellsworth
PLPATH-GEN-1, Plants Get Sick Too!
PLPATH-GEN-2, Diagnosing Sick Plants
PLPATH-GEN-3, 20 Questions on Plant Diagnosis
PLPATH-GEN-4, Keeping Plants Healthy
PLPATH-GEN-5, Viral Diseases of Plants
PLPATH-GEN-6, Bacterial Diseases of Plants
PLPATH-GEN-7, Fungal and Fungal-like Diseases of plants
PLPATH-GEN-8, Nematode Diseases of Plants
PLPATH-GEN-9, Parasitic Higher Plants
PLPATH-GEN-10, Sanitation and Phytosanitation
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Pollinators, ENT-78
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Honey Bees, ENT-79
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Native Bees, ENT-80
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Bumble Bees, ENT-81
Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Monarchs, ENT-82
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Swine Health Symposium
The Ohio Swine Health Symposium is scheduled for March 15, 2017 at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. Here is a link to the program agenda and registration: http://origin.ohiopork.org/media/Content/2017-swine-health-symposium.pdf
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NC ANR Academy Survey
The North Central Region Cropping Systems Academy pest management and scouting group is looking for input to focus their efforts to develop educational resources. They would like for you to take a few minutes to answer the following questions about tools you currently use or need for scouting and educational programs about scouting. This survey consists of 12 questions and should take less than 20 minutes to complete.
Here is the link to complete the survey: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bad9ZaLwyTpFfTf
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Team and Program Updates
Direct Marketing Team
The team presented 10 sessions in Sandusky, Ohio during the 2017 Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association Congress Jan. 16-18. In addition to the presentations, we facilitated a grower’s round table discussion to assist them in peer-to-peer learning for addressing business marketing challenges. The team also had a display and resource area during the conference to help share information with direct marketers attending the conference.
Other team presentations included:
Melissa Carter, Business Development Specialists presented to the Miami County Farmers’ Market
Ivory Harlow, Business Development Specialist presented the January Direct Marketing Team webinar, “Social Media Strategies for Small Farms” and Eric Barrett, Extension Educator presented “Marketing Lessons Learned from the Super Bowl” during the February webinar.
Christie Welch, Direct Marketing Specialist presented
- “Developing Your Marketing Plan” to the Aquaculture Boot Camp 2 participants in January.
- “How to develop a marketing plan that works for you and your business” and “Identifying Your Target Market” at the SW Specialty Crop Conference in Loveland, Ohio.
- “What Makes a Successful Farmers Market” to Ohio Heritage Foundation members via webinar.
- “Marketing Your Hops” during the Ohio Hops Conference in Piketon, Ohio.
Mary Griffith, Extension Educator presented Maps&Apps Mobile Media Marketing during the SW Specialty Crop Conference in Loveland, Ohio.
Ivory Harlow, Business Development Specialist attended:
- Ohio Farm Bureau YAP Conference, attended sessions on niche marketing of specialty crops
- Meat Summit, discussed direct marketing, presented on co-ops
- American Farm Bureau Conference, sessions on marketing farm products
- WV Small Farms Conference, attended Farmer Veteran Coalition breakout, discussed co-marketing Homegrown by Heroes Products
The team had a display at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Conference in Dayton, Ohio.
The team is in the process of updating Device-Ready – Mobile Media Marketing (previously Maps & Apps) to better reflect the training program and curriculum developed.
Upcoming presentations include:
||Small Farm College
||NE Women in Ag
|March 28, 30, and April 4
||Ohio Proud Trainings
||Reynoldsburg, Piketon, Norwalk
||DeviceReady with Ohio SBDC
||Cuyahoga Co, Franklin Co, Hamilton Co.
The team is also working with Dr. Tim Woods, University of Kentucky to update the MarketReady program in Ohio. We will be offering a number of MarketReady trainings throughout the state in the coming months. In addition to the training, we will also begin offering the MarketReady Master Course developed by Dr. Woods and his team in Kentucky. These trainings are offered to graduates of the MarketReady course and share in-depth information on specific topics relevant to the graduates businesses.
Finally, the team continues to work on publication of various factsheets to assist Ohio direct marketers in more effectively marketing their products and managing their businesses.
New and Small Farm Colleges
Since mid-January, the Small Farm Program has been hosting three New and Beginning Small Farm Colleges hosted by Clermont, Knox/Morrow, and Auglaize/Hardin county Extension offices. These colleges will all be concluded by March 9, 2017. Thanks to our hosts for 2017: Carrie Jagger, Sabrina Schirtzinger, Gigi Neal, Jeff Stachler, and Mark Badertscher . Without their support the colleges would not have been a success!
There are 103 total participants. Participants are from 22 different counties, are evenly balanced with 53 males and 50 women, ranging in age from 15 to 70 years of age. Sixty-two (62) percent noted they are part-time farmers. Sixty Five percent (65%) reported they have not attended an Extension program before. The size of farms ranges from 0 to 300 acres and an average farm size of 44 acres.
Forty seven percent (47%) reported they do not have a plan for their land. Seventy eight percent (78%) do not have a marketing plan. And seventy five percent (75%) do not have a financial plan for their farm.
Motivation to owning the land was a lifestyle choice (77.6%), earn a living (42.7%), retirement (36%), and Investment (15.5%).
Small Farm Conferences
Two conferences are planned again this coming March in Wilmington (March 10 & 11) and Massillon (March 25), Ohio. Over 30 Extension professional will be presenting at these two conferences as well as several industry and producer speakers.
Many Thanks to all who have contributed to these conferences.
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Heart of Ohio
- Partnering with Delaware and Union Counties on monthly Farmers’ Breakfast Series. The January breakfast was a policy update from a local member of the Trump Ag Advisory Committee. Mark Loux was the February breakfast speaker.
- Hosted one PAT in January and one FACT in February, with upcoming March dates for each.
- Hosted a farm estate planning meeting and co-hosted an Ag Outlook meeting with Union and Champaign Counties.
- Hosted a planter in-service for Extension employees and a planter workshop for growers.
- Taught Plant Pathology for Master Gardeners (Miami Co), Composting in the Classroom as part of Project Green Teacher (Franklin Co), and Marketing Alternatives at three Small Farms Colleges (Knox/Morrow Co, Clermont Co, Hardin/Auglaize Co).
- Taught at conferences including OPGMA, MGIX, Southwest Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference, and the Columbus Home and Garden Show.
- Graduated 40 individuals from 11 week Master Urban Farmer Program included a day-long bus trip to many of the urban farms in Columbus
- Taught two Urban Ag Public Policy Workshop for City of Columbus Officials, 31 participants
- Taught at and staffed Ask A Master Gardener Booth at Fall Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show, more than 340 direct contacts
- Taught at School Garden Conference. 120 participants
- Graduated 52 MGV Interns at 2016 MGV Graduation and Awards Program, 166 in attendance, Franklin County now has 202 MGV’s.
- Taught at Green Columbus’ Sustainability Workshop, 300 participants
- Conducted three Columbus Urban Farmer Network meetings, 79 participants
- Taught five sessions of Project Green Teacher Workshop series, 113 participants
- Taught at Chadwick Arboretum’s Day of Education, 98 participants
- Presented poster at Western Region NACAA Conference, Kona, Hawaii.
- Taught at City Of Columbus Land Bank community garden workshop.
- Taught workshop and staffed OSUE display at OEFFA Conference in Dayton, 47 participants in workshop
- Taught at Community Garden Leadership Initiative workshop, 65 participants
- Taught at Scotts Community Garden Leadership Academy, 37 participants
- Taught three workshops at Spring Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show, 51 participants
- Staffed Ask A Master Gardener Booth at Spring Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show for 8 days, 1,605 direct contacts
- Guest on Columbus Ch. 10 TV News show to discuss weather and to promote MGV presentations at Home and Garden Show
- Conducted Organic Certification Workshop for small urban growers, 18 participants
- Guest lectured for HCS 2306/5306, 39 students
- Guest lectured for PUBHEHS 8899, 8 students
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- Hosted Beef School.
- Served as host site for Agronomy Webinar Series
- Held a livestock Veterinary Feed Directive Meeting
Talked to close to 100 bee keepers from 4 counties about how the VFD could affect them.
- Taught in 5 PAT trainings (2 in Licking).
- Marion City School’s raised garden bed program development for 2017
- Summarize Data from 2016 Corn Emergence Trial
- Developed Presentation for 2016 Buckeye Shepard Symposium on Labor Saving Ideas visited farms in Indiana and Ohio
- Developed Presentation on Pasture Renovation for Ohio Tunis Sheep Fall Field Day held in Greene County
- Advised City of Columbus on development of new multi-year agriculture farmland lease
- Participated in Ag Yield simulation to help with Grain Marketing education
- Developed program for Marion County Lambing Clinic which highlighted ewe & lamb nutrition, artificial rearing, flock health, and new lambing problem simulator
- Developed Excel Workshop for farm community member work program with Marion Technical College
- FACT Training (3) and PAT Training (3)
- Continued the development of the Ohio Youth Breeding Sheep Lead Council shows in 2017
- Ag Breakfast Series topics: Bee Biology, What is Wrong With MY Trees, & Ag Climate/Weather with Aaron Wilson
- Marion & Delaware County Economic Development Agriculture Awareness
- Participate with Marion County Junior & Senior Fairboards
- Expanding SMS Pro Training to work with area farmers to use their Big Data
- Helping State Senator, David Burke and new Marion County Commissioner, Kerr Murry understanding developing agriculture Issues
- Presented Agriculture Update to Marion Rotary
- Participated with Eric Romich with the development of a Connect & Collaborate Grant titled: Assessment of Potential Energy Demand Management Strategies in Agriculture
- Research Topic: Measuring Soil Nitrogen Mineralization under Field Conditions
- Research Topic: Fence Row’s Hidden Secrets
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In Morrow County we have had a lot of good activities going on for the people in our community over the last several months. In October we held an informational meeting with the FSA and NRCS offices for the people in the community to learn about those agencies and the programs they offer.
In November we held a Master Gardener informational kick-off meeting to recruit folks in the community to sign up for our very first Master Gardener Volunteer Class. We also held a Veterinary Feed Directive meeting for livestock producers and 4-H members in the community. A veterinarian from OSU and a local feed representative conducted the meeting to teach folks about the new VFD rule. The last class we offered in November was about dead Ash trees in the right-of-way and who is liable if they fall and harm someone. We invited ODOT and the County Highway department to talk about how they are handling the very serious problem in the county. A local lawyer also came and spoke about the land-owners responsibilities in handling the dead Ash trees as well.
In January we started our very first MGV class with 7 folks attending. We also started our Pesticide Applicator Re-certifications as well as Fertilizer certifications. We are also hosting with Knox county a Small Farm College which is on Monday evening, in Fredericktown. Beef and Crop and Soils webinars also started in January and we are hosting both of those.
In February we continue to train our MGV’s, host Beef, Crop and Soil webinars and have another Fertilizer Recertification as well as Pesticide Re-certification. On February 8th we hosted a Cover Crops class taught by Jim Hoorman and Alan Sundermeier. Our Small Farm College also continues through February.
- Held a Veterinary Feed Directive Meeting on Dec. 7th. (55 participants)
- Held two pesticide recertification classes on Jan. 19th & 25th. (50 participants)
- Fairfield Co. Agronomy Day was held on February 1st. Sessions were taught by Barry Ward, Ed Lentz, Stan Smith and Jerry Iles. Participants completed fertilizer certification as part of the agronomy day. (108 participants)
- Hosted Beef School on Jan. 17th, Feb. 7th and Feb. 28th. On Feb. 7th Fairfield Co. served as the speaker (Dr. Francis Fluharty) host site.
- Stan continues to publish four Ohio Beef Cattle Letters each month and has surpassed 1000 issues!
- Jerry served as guest lecturer for Hocking College Forest Hydrology class.(28 students)
- Provided an end of the year highlight report to county leaders and commissioners at our Fairfield County roundtable.
- Provided update to the Local Foods Council on 2017 summer local farm tours.
- Participated in the OSU Legislative Lunch.
- Connie organized two Lunch and Learn programs for Master Gardener Volunteers- Jan. 2017 – Staying “Garden Fit” in the New Year– The Lunch and Learn Series is free and open to all interested gardeners and friends! (Attendance: 30 )
- Lawn Care Basics, including Weed Control – Lunch & Learn – Feb. 2017 (Attendance: 38)
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Ohio Valley EERA
The Ohio Valley EERA ANR Programming remains strong, even with 4 full time ANR Educators and 2 half time ANR Educators to cover a 10 county area. ANR Educators and Specialists meet at least quarterly, with most meetings held at the OARDC Jackson Agricultural Research Station or at the Piketon Research and Extension Center. Jeff McCutcheon meets with our group when he is available and provides administrative updates to the group.
Below are some of our recent programming and educational highlights:
Private Pesticide Applicators Recertification is off to a good start and many of our Educators have already completed this with a few coming up. Brad Bergefurd and Jeff Fisher included one training specifically for growers in an Anabaptist Community.
Fertilizer Applicators Certification Training has also been offered along with Pesticide Recertification. Multiple counties have also offered the 3 hour certification for producers who do not have a pesticide license. Nutrient Management Plan Training was offered.
Grain Marketing School is a 5 parts series is underway in Ross and Gallia Counties. Producers are learning how to better market their grains they produce. They are learning in the class but are also working with the AG Yield Simulator to see how there marketing decisions will pay out. Chris Bryunis is teaching this program.
OSU Beef Schools are being offered in several counties. This webinar series gives beef producers an opportunity to hear and interact with speakers that would be difficult to have come in person to each county.
Veterinary Feed Directive informational meetings have been held in multiple counties to help producers understand the new law.
Radio/television Educators from several counties have regular media spots where they talk about new issues and events. These Programs range from weekly radio talks to monthly television segments.
In Addition to these programs Educators have had the opportunity to speak at several functions.
Jeff Fisher participated in the Ag Awareness and Career day for the Pike CTC Vo-Ag classes as well as a Local Foods and Nutritional Science Field Day planning. He also had the opportunity to present at the Ohio Fair Managers Conference.
Chris Bruynis has offered a Farm Equipment Road laws program to the Ross County Farmer’s Club, Whole Food Cattle Production System to the Ross County Cattlemen’s Group. He has also taught Estate Planning, Tax Outlook, and Farm Finance to groups from several locations around the state. Chris has submitted and has accepted to present at the Public Issues Leadership Conference in Crystal City VA. He recently participated and presented in the JCEP Leadership Conference in Orlando Fl.
Ohio Valley EERA Educators are constantly dealing with CAUV concerns, livestock nutrition, Farm Management, crops, and several local boards and organizations.
Dave Dugan will be offering 5 Tobacco GAP Trainings in the next 3 weeks. The Tobacco GAP Certification is required for anyone marketing tobacco. He is also preparing for Farm and Family Night. Orion Samuelson will be part of Ag is everyone’s Business in Hillsboro.
Jess Bowen is developing a program for this spring on ticks. The program will include identification, prevention, and diseases. Jess will also be helping with the Day in the Woods programs.
Dave Apsley is offering the Day in the Woods programs. This program will be the second Friday of each month. For more information and schedule of programs and dates visit his link at: http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods.
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Interesting news stories
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Researchers discover a new link to fight billion-dollar threat to soybean production
Organic imports on the rise
Addressing the gap between research and practice in sustainable agriculture
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