Ohio’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program which helps producers make conservation work for them. NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.

Financial assistance is now available in a variety of agricultural categories such as cropland, pasture operations, and organic.  Several special projects are also available which address water quality, forestry management, improving pollinator populations and wildlife habitat, pasture improvements and many more.  Friday, January 15, 2021, is the deadline to submit applications Continue reading

2021 Agricultural Policy and Winter Outlooks a Must Attend Event for Anyone Working in Agriculture

A core mission of Land Grant institutions like The Ohio State University is to take research and knowledge from the university and share it with those in the communities they serve. The 2021 Agricultural Policy and Outlook winter meetings, hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) and OSU Extension will offer much-needed industry news and insight to those involved in the agricultural industry during a time marked with so much global uncertainty.

“The summary of last year’s events along with key aspects to monitor for the up-coming year allows everyone to gain insight into an area of focus, while providing new topics to learn from,” says Craig von Stein, Producer and Vice President/Business Banking Officer at Citizens National Bank.

Even though social distancing measures prevent large group gatherings, outlooks on a variety of topics will be presented virtually to provide understanding of what markets and policy may look like moving forward so businesses and organizations can make sound decisions.

2021 Winter Outlook Meetings Schedule:  Continue reading

Virtual High Tunnel and Season Extension School



Nigh Tunnel

Six, 1-hour, interactive sessions covering 12 topics important to many
growers. All sessions held 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET on Tuesdays in January
and February. Sign-up for as many sessions as you wish and bring questions!

January 12. Beginner: High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Options (Mike Hogan, Tim McDermott)
January 19. Beginner: Starting Right with High Tunnel Production (Brad Bergefurd, Matt Kleinhenz)
January 26. Intermediate: Pesticide Selection and Tomato Foliar Diseases (Melanie Ivey, Sally Miller, Francesca Rotondo)
February 2. Intermediate: Common Issues and Next-level Environmental Management (Frank Becker, Matt Kleinhenz)
February 9. Advanced: Year-round Harvest, Marketing, Irrigation and Fertility Essentials (Brad Bergefurd)
February 16. Advanced: Soil Biology, Chemistry, and Tilth Holding You Back? (Matt Kleinhenz, Anna Testen)

Please register here: https://go.osu.edu/high-tunnel-school-21
CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit cfaesdiversity.osu.edu.
For an accessible format of this publication, visit cfaes.osu.edu/accessibility
Please contact Matt Kleinhenz (kleinhenz.1@osu.edu; 330.263.3810) for more information.

Precision University

Tackling SprTractoring Operations with Reduced Working Days

Changing weather patterns have led to fewer days available in the spring to complete planting, spraying, and fertilizing. University and industry experts will share research results and technology available to help you work smarter and more efficiently.
January 5th Gambling with Planting Decisions
Drs. Aaron Wilson and Bob Nielsen
January 12th Planter Placed Fertilizer
Matt Bennett and Dr. John Fulton
January 19th Pre-season Crop Protection Decisions
Drs. Mark Loux and Scott Shearer
January 26th Sprayer Technology to Improve Field Performance
Dr. Joe Luck

WHEN: Tuesday, January 5, 12, 19 and 26
10 – 11 AM

WHERE: Virtual Zoom Webinars

HOW: Registration Cost: FREE

RSVP at: go.osu.edu/precisionu

CONTACT: Amanda Douridas douridas.9@osu.edu 937-484 1526

Pastures for Profit

Pasture Seeding

Farmers checking cereal grains planted in sod.

This year between January and March in 2021, the Pastures for Profit curriculum will be offered as a virtual course. One live webinar will be offered per month along with “work at your own pace” videos and exercises that accompany each webinar. The Pastures for Profit program is a collaboration between Ohio State University Extension, Central State University, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council.

Each webinar will be offered live on Zoom at 7 P.M. and feature three presentations in a 90-minute span. Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions in real time. Once registered, attendees will be granted access to the online course including the webinars and complementary resources. Participants that attend all three webinars will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion. Registered participants will also receive their choice of a curriculum binder or USB drive of the traditional course by mail.

The webinar schedule and topics are as follows.    Continue reading

Vegetable Trials

VegeVegetable Gardeningtables are on trial in Southeast Ohio. Residents are being invited to join with the Ohio State University Extension in putting vegetables to the test in their home gardens. Growers will choose between five different vegetables to grow in their gardens. Each vegetable will have 2 varieties to grow side by side. They will make observations on how well the plants grew be asked to give feedback on the quality and taste of each. The results will be compiled and published for others trying to decide which varieties they might want to try. If this sounds interesting and you would like more information about the project, visit the Vegetable Trials home page. Deadline to sign up is April 12.      More Info

“Fall Treasures in your Woodland: Fungi, Lichens and More” offered by A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series partners at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on October 12


Chicken of the Woods-Todd Hutchinson-USFS-NRS-

By David Apsley

October is a great time to be in the woods.  Fall foliage is often at its peak, and there is much more to see.  On the forest floor, mushrooms are often abundant and wildflowers including asters, goldenrods, and legumes are often still putting on a show.  Numerous lichens, which are a symbiotic association between fungi and algae, are visible on tree trunks, branches, and rock outcroppings.   Even dead and decaying logs can support many varieties of fungi, which play an important role in soil formation and nutrient cycling.  Fall Treasures in your Woodland:  Fungi, Lichens and More will help woodland owners and enthusiasts learn to identify and understand the contributions of these underappreciated organisms to the biodiversity of our forested ecosystems.

  • Explore the forest in search of fungi, lichens, and other organisms that are present in the fall, such as late-blooming woodland wildflowers.
  • Learn lichen identification and ecology from Ray Showman, author of The Macrolichens of Ohio.
  • Join Homer Elliott, Hocking College, on a foray to see and identify fungi that inhabit the forest floor environment.
  • Enjoy the fall woods, including the fall foliage and fall wildflowers.

The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.   A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials.  Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by October 8.

“A DAY in the WOOD” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  The principal partners in this effort include Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, Central State University Extension, The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has nearly 60 programs with approximately 2,250 participants attending. More than 100 natural resources professionals have presented these programs to woodland owners and enthusiast just like you.  Be sure to mark your calendar so you are sure not to miss any of these great opportunities to spend A DAY in the WOODS: