- Personnel Updates
- Building Ohio State
- FACT Training Notice
- Viptera/Syngenta lawsuit information
- CFAES IT Service Desk Changes
- Swine Health Symposium
- NC ANR Academy Survey
- Team and Program Updates
- Interesting News Stories
- Henry County ANR state screenings were on February 1 with county screenings scheduled for 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.
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.
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.
Viptera/Syngenta lawsuit information from Peggy Hall
There are two different types of lawsuits involved in the Syngenta litigation. The notices that have been circulating of late probably relate to the class action lawsuit, as the mass tort lawsuit required farmers to join the suit by mid-December of last year.
Regarding the class action lawsuit, the class certification made by the judge last year automatically made all farmers a member of the nationwide class and also made Ohio farmers members of the Ohio class, which means that they automatically will be able to try to receive a share of the settlement, if there is one. Farmers are now receiving notices from the attorneys involved in the class action suit, who are legally required to notify all class members of their right to “opt out” of the lawsuit. A farmer might choose to opt out for two primary reasons: if he/she wants to file a separate, individual lawsuit against Syngenta or if the farmer doesn’t want to be part of the lawsuit at all.
As for advice on what farmers should do, it’s a much easier decision at this point in time. The mass tort action is no longer an option and the class action suit is automatic. Farmers can wait and see what happens with the class action lawsuit, without the need to do anything right now. If there is an award or settlement, the attorneys must send information out to all members of the class that explains how to make a claim for a share of the amount. At that time, farmers will have to produce documentation of some sort (I’m not sure what that will be) to receive a share of the settlement.
If a farmer does not want to claim any of the potential settlement or thinks he/she could do better independent of the class action suit, the farmer should complete the paperwork to opt out of the class.
CFAES IT Service Desk Changes
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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 <
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
- The Poultry Medicine Workshops offered by Dr. El-Gazzar were designed to provide practicing veterinarians with the knowledge and skills to help increase their ability and desire to accept poultry clients. With the increasing number of backyard flocks, people are looking for veterinarians who will provide veterinary care for their birds. This can be as either a visit to a clinic as is typical with small animal practices, or as a site visit as is much more common with large animal or food animal practice. The aim of this Extension program is to reach veterinarians across the state while targeting a meeting site near the cities of Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. The sessions were held on the OARDC campus in Wooster, ODA Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Reynoldsburg, and Brown Mackie College in Cincinnati. There were approximately 80 people who participated over the three days including registrants and facilitators.
As a direct result of this programming, Dr. El-Gazzar has created a database of about 45 veterinary practices across the state that can be used for referrals for poultry cases. The plan is to continue these workshops to educate more people, and increase the database of veterinary practices across the state that will provide service and care for individual birds and non-commercial flocks.
- Dr. Schuenemann has spent the past six months on sabbatical in Berlin, Germany. While in Europe, he has continued to serve Veterinary Extension clientele remotely using various technologies. He will return to the office on June 1st.
- Module 9 of the Ohio Dairy Health and Management Certificate Program was just completed. There will be two more modules remaining to complete this third cohort group that has participated over the past three years. Module 10 in May will deal with disease diagnostics, parasite control, and vaccination programs. Module 11 will deal with welfare risk assessments and avoiding drug residues.
- Dr. Schuenemann is working on upcoming webinars (facility design and cow comfort “How to speak cow? Tools to assess cow comfort) as well as a new peer-review system for farm health and management protocols. This double-blinded peer-review process available through Veterinary Extension will provide a mechanism for veterinarians and professionals to submit their protocols electronically for review. The long term-goal of this initiative is to provide new resources to enhance transparency of management practices at the herd level. Also, let us know if you would like to host hands-on workshops regarding: calving and colostrum management, health protocols and antimicrobial use, or milking routine and parlor management.
- Dr. da Costa has been providing educational information regarding the Veterinary Feed Directive. There will be a webinar update during an in-person meeting in Trumbull County on February 23rd. Please let us know if you would like any information regarding the Veterinary Feed Directive. We also have brochures available for your use.
Sustainable Ag. Team
- Team Leadership – After many years as serving as Co-Coordinator of the Sustainable Ag Team, Alan Sundermeier has stepped away from his leadership role to devote more time to soil quality/health initiatives. As of Feb. 1, Brian Kleinke, ANR Educator in Greene County will serve as co-coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Team. Mike Hogan, ANR Educator in Franklin County will continue to serve as co-coordinator along with Brian. Many thanks to Alan for many years of service, and welcome to Brian.
- OEFFA Conference – The Sustainable Agriculture Team coordinated the CFAES presence at the OEFFA Conference Trade Show on Feb 9 – 11, 2017 in Dayton. Many CFAES faculty and staff taught workshops during the conference this year at its new location in Dayton. CFAES is one of the sponsors of the conference.
- Urban Soil Quality Workshop – The Sustainable Ag Team sponsored a day-long Urban Soil Quality Workshop in Wooster on January 25, 2017, with 28 Extension educators and other ag professionals participating in the in-service. Steve Culman, OSUE Soil Fertility Specialist developed and taught this workshop. The workshop was part of a series of three Soil Health Workshops developed for ANR educators by Culman and sponsored by the Sustainable Ag Team.
- Organic Production Workshop – The Sustainable Ag Team will be sponsoring an in-service training workshop this fall for ANR educators on issues related to organic crop production. Look for a save-the-date message for this workshop soon.
- 2017 Sustainable Ag Farm Tour Series – Once again this year the Sustainable Agriculture Team will partner with OEFFA and other groups to offer the statewide Sustainable Agriculture Tour Series during the summer and fall of 2017. Interested ANR educators are invited to work with farmers to host a farm tour in their county to demonstrate sustainable production or marketing practices. These are very short, low-input tours which attract a great deal of interest statewide. If you would like to host a tour this season (June through October) please contact Mike Hogan in Franklin County.
Precision Ag. Team
- The precision agriculture team closed 2016 coordinating a team meeting, evaluating interests among OSUE to contribute to the team programming and identifying initial efforts to enhance programming. The overall goal established by the team was to deliver high quality programming to Ohio constituents while building a nationally recognize extension program. The adoption of precision agriculture for crop production continues to grow here in Ohio but there remains many questions pertaining to proper implementation of technology on-farm from farmers, crop advisors, input suppliers, and other in the ag industry. The team also recognized the task ahead of improving nutrient management to maintain profitability but also addressing environmental risks, most notably water quality, across Ohio. The team has recently focused extension programming on utilizing technology and data to improve nutrient management in Ohio plus promoting on-farm research using these new technologies. The on-farm research provides two critical outcomes; 1) enable farmers to fine-tune their farm operation through improved input management and practices implemented, and 2) valuable on-farm results to support OSU research and extension efforts.
The following provides a few key deliverables for 2016:
- Helped support county, state and regional extension meetings and field days.
- Helped coordinate in a Precision Ag. Workshop for Tri-State Extension Educators held August 31 and September 1 at the Northeast-Purdue Ag. Center, near Columbia City, Indiana. Educators and specialists from Purdue, Michigan and Ohio State participated.
- Hosted the Annual NCERA 180, Precision Agriculture Technologies for Food, Fiber, and Energy Production Meeting May 17-19 on the Columbus campus. This NCERA multi-state research and extension group meets annually and is focused on coordinating regional projects that apply innovative technologies and principles to identify and manage spatial and temporal variability in agricultural production. Faculty and professional staff from 11 states attended this 3-day meeting while hosting industry representatives from 14 different companies. Participants rated the overall experience as a 9.1 out of 10 in terms of the information exchanged.
- Team supports and participates in an international, multi-disciplinary Planter Research Group representing major planter manufacturers and faculty conducting planter related studies. Ohio State precision ag team members have coordinated the development of a document defining and explaining common in-cab display terminology using with modern precision planters.
- PrecisionAg Field Day-Champaign Co (Kaylee presented about the new APP, Ohio State PLOTS; John presented on precision seeding opportunities) 7-12-16
- WARS Agronomy Field Day (Kaylee presented downforce study/planter technology) 7-20-16
- WARS Nutrient Management Day: 7-21-16
- WARS Pumpkin Field Day (Kaylee presented on remote sensed imagery basics) 8-18-16
- Farm Science Review (Supported daily drone demonstrations; provided Precision ag information in nutrient stewardship booth)
- Hosted Meister Media (Showcased precision ag efforts at Ohio State University) 10-3-16
- Monthly contributor to national, regional and Ohio farm press reporting on current precision agriculture topics and research results.
- New Extension Publications
- Poncet, A. J. Fulton, K. Port, T. McDonald, and G. Pate. 2016. AEX-553.1: Optimizing Field Traffic Patterns to Improve Machinery Efficiency: Path Planning Using Guidance Lines. The Ohio State University Extension, Columbus, Ohio. 8pp. http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-5531
- Sharda, A., T. Griffin, L. Haag, D. Mangus, J.P. Fulton, and J. Slocombe. 2016. Pulse Width Modulation technology for Liquid Application. K-State Research and Extension. MF3314. http://www.bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF3314.pdf
- Fulton, J. and K. Port. 2016. FABE-550.1: Physical Properties of Granular Fertilizers and Impact on Spreading. The Ohio State University Extension, Columbus, Ohio. 9pp. http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-5501
- Contributor to the C-FARE Report on Big Ag. Data: Advancing U.S. Agricultural Competitiveness with Big Data and Agricultural Market Information, Analysis, and Research: www.cfare.org/UserFiles/ESBigData.pdf.
- Maintaining the Ohio State Precision Agriculture website (www.ohiostateprecisionag.com) serving to share pertinent and topical information pertaining to precision ag and data services. Primary 2016 contribution included
- Yield monitor calibration guides found on the Resources page
- On-farm Research Info – http://fabe.osu.edu/programs/precision-ag/other/farm-research-support
- Terminology Page to support education and extension – http://fabe.osu.edu/programs/precision-ag/education/precision-agriculture-terminology
- Maintaining a social media presence to communicate timely informatio
- Facebook (OhioStatePA):
764 followers up from 415 in 2015
Followers from 25 countries
Average reach of 268 people per activity
Twitter (@OhioStatePA): 1177 followers up from 547 in 2015
- eXtension Precision Ag Certificate – 9-lesson course titled, “Precision Ag,” covering basic topics and allowing participant to complete each topic module, take a test and receive a certificate of completion
- Videos had 4650 views in 2016.
- Students who took the eXtension course reported a fuel savings of 2.91 gallons/acre and an 11.52% reduction in crop protection chemicals and fertilizer.
Interesting News Stories
Exhibit tells Ohio’s forest history
Iowa farmers don’t have to pay damages in Des Moines water works case
Soil health: Critical for farmers, the environment and global food security
Nation’s bacon reserves hit 50 year low
Vegetable rationing in the UK