Pesticide/Fertilizer Recertification

Do you still need pesticide recertification for 2020 or 2021? Private and fertilizer applicators whose licenses expired in March 2020 or will expire in March 2021 now have until July 1, 2021 to recertify. Commercial applicators who expired in 2020 now have until July 1, 2021. The deadline for commercial applicators expiring in September 2021 has not changed.

Pesticide recertification options have expanded for 2021.  Please note that there will be additional programs in neighboring counties as well. Currently, your options for 2021 are:

1. IN-PERSON. There will be three opportunities to attend an in-person recertification program in Allen County in 2021. The in-person events will be held in the Youth Activities Building on the Allen County Fairgrounds on the following dates and times. The cost to attend an in-person event is $10 for fertilizer recertification and $35 for pesticide recertification. Seating is limited to 50 people for each event. Pre-registration is mandatory. Continue reading

Forage Focus: Native Clovers and Their Roles in Grassland Ecosystems

Most forages commercially grown in the United States today have origins in other continents. Many native plants, including grasses, clovers, and forbs, have been forgotten and underutilized since the time prior to European settlement of North America.

In this episode of Forage Focus, host Christine Gelley, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources in Noble County is joined by guest Jonathan Kubesch, Ohio Native and current Ph.D. Student at Virginia Tech to discuss the history, use, and preservation of native clovers. Jonathan shares information about conservation efforts through academic research, agency sponsored programs, and citizen science groups that are working together to keep these plants from being lost in time.

Understanding FSA’s 2021 ARC/PLC Election and Enrollment

Producers can now make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year. Producers can elect coverage and enroll in crop-by-crop ARC-County or PLC, or ARC-Individual for the entire farm. Although election changes for 2021 are optional, enrollment (signed contract) is required for each year of the program. The deadline to enroll and make amendments to program elections is March 15, 2021.

Join The Ohio State University Extension Service as they host a webinar to discuss the ARC/PLC decision for the 2021 program year including updates on current market outlook and decision-tool calculators available to evaluate options and deadlines.

There is no cost to attend these meetings, but registration is required. To register visit:

  • The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 9:00 am – 11:00am EDT.
  • For more information or to ensure your question is addressed during the webinar, please send questions to Mary Griffith, or 740-852-0975.