ANR Programming Newsletter: Week of January 25, 202



Ohio Cow/Calf Management Webinar School

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm



2021 PrecisionU: Tackling Spring Operations with Reduced Working Days (Virtual)

10:00 am to 11:00 am

High Tunnel Production School (Virtual)

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Dairy Labor Management Mini-Series (Virtual)

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Ohio Cow-Calf Outlook Meeting (Virtual)

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm



Greenhouse Management Workshop (Virtual)

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

2021 Ohio Cow-Calf Management School – Columbiana

9:00 am to 3:00 pm



Greenhouse Management Workshop (Virtual)

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Dirt on Soil Health: Investing Below the Surface (Virtual)

8:00 am to 8:30 am


Commercial Landscape, Turf, and Ornamental Pesticide Applicator Recertification Webinar

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Disease Management Options for Today’s Weather (Virtual)

9:00 am to 10:30 am

2021 Cow-Calf Management School – Noble

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

East Ohio Women In Agriculture Program Series

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm



Greenhouse Management Workshop (Virtual)

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Living Landscape Speaker Series (Virtual)

10:00 am to 11:00 am

2021 Live Online Agricultural Fertilizer FIRST-TIME Certification Webinar.

Interested in obtaining your Fertilizer Applicator Certificate for the first time? Join us on February 25th for our 2021 live online Agricultural Fertilizer FIRST-TIME certification webinar.

The webinar check-in will begin at 8:30am (required) and the class will be held from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The cost of the webinar is $35 and no webcam is required.

Registration is now open at Online First Time Fert Registration

*This training will fulfil the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s requirements for obtaining the Ohio Agricultural Fertilizer Certificate

Who needs a fertilizer certification?:  Fertilizer certification is required if you apply fertilizer (other than manure) to more than 50 acres used for agricultural production grown primarily for sale. If you have the co-op or other custom applicator make your fertilizer applications, you do not need the certification.

Learn more here:

Chicken and Rice Soup

Trish Koehler, Brown County Extension’s SNAP-Ed Program Assistant, will be starting a Recipe of the Month post.  Stay tuned for some healthy, delicious recipes that are even budget friendly.  Thanks to OSU Extension Brown County, your dinner plans just got easier!

When you’re in need of a warm bowl of comfort, look no further. All the flavor of a homecooked meal with none of the work.

Nutrition Facts          Recipe PDF          Large Print Recipe PDF


6 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 cup cooked chicken, cubed

1 cup uncooked brown rice

1 3/4 cups fresh vegetables, chopped (potatoes, carrots, celery, cabbage, etc.) or 1 12 ounce bag of frozen, mixed vegetables

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 tablespoon dried parsley




1. Before you begin, wash your hands, surfaces, vegetables, and utensils.

2. Place the cooked chicken, broth and uncooked rice in a large saucepan over large heat and bring to a boil.

3. Lower the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Add the chopped vegetables and seasonings and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender.


 See Complete Nutrition Facts

OSU Extension Programs for the week of 01/18/2021

Check out all the programs we are offering next week!

You can also find the full list of programs and additional details at

Click on the titles below to learn more about each Program





2021 PrecisionU: Tackling Spring Operations with Reduced Working Days (Virtual)

10:00am to 11:00am

High Tunnel Production School (Virtual)

12:30pm to 01:30pm

Dairy Labor Management Mini-Series (Virtual)

12:30pm to 02:00pm

06:00pm to 09:00pm

Small Ruminant Production Webinars

07:00pm to 08:00pm



Organic Winter Webinars

11:00am to 12:00pm

Dairy Cattle Welfare Council Webinar Series

05:00pm to 06:00pm




The Dirt on Soil Health: Investing Below the Surface (Virtual)

08:00am to 08:30am

NW Ohio Corn-Soybean Day (Virtual)

08:00am to 11:00am

Soil Health Q&A Series (Virtual)

08:00am to 08:30am

Disease Management Options for Today’s Weather (Virtual)

09:00am to 10:00am

06:00pm to 09:00pm

GAPs Training Webinar

06:00pm to 09:00pm



Living Landscape Speaker Series (Virtual)

01:00pm to 02:00pm

County Outlook Meeting (Virtual)

03:00pm to 04:00pm


4-H Promotional Commercial Contest

Calling all 4-H’ers! We want YOU to help us promote 4-H. The 4-H Committee is sponsoring a 4-H promotional commercial contest. We invite you to submit a 30-90 second video clip of yourself talking about 4-H. You can shoot the video on your phone, computer, or with a video camera. Submissions might be used on our website, social media, etc. to promote 4-H. Just a couple tips:

  1. If you are using your phone, make sure you shoot horizontal and not vertical.
  2. You will be addressing the camera, please find a quiet place to do your recording.
  3. Wear a 4-H shirt and/or have a previous 4-H project in the background.
  4. Make sure that there is not a window or bright source of light behind you that would make your face look dark (backlit).
  5. Make sure you introduce yourself.
  6. If you use any of our sample questions, rephrase them as statements. For example, “My favorite thing about 4-H is meeting new friends.”  rather than “new friends.”
  7. As you start the recording, pause a couple of seconds, then deliver your lines.  Likewise, when you have finished delivering your lines, look into the camera and wait a couple seconds before stopping the recording or moving to another take.
  8. Review your video after you film it.
  9. Make sure you save your final video as an MP4 file.

Here are a few sample questions/topics that you might include:

  • What is your favorite part of 4-H?
  • Why should someone else join 4-H?
  • What 4-H projects have you taken?
  • How has 4-H helped you?
  • What is something you have learned in 4-H?
  • Skills you have gained or honed?

Entries are due online at

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm on February 1st.


All submissions will be entered into a random drawing for one of five 4-H sweatshirt blankets.

Videos submitted by project age members (8 and in the 3rd grade as of Jan 1) will be reviewed by our judges and one Junior (8-13) and Senior (14-18) will win a custom 4-H soft-shell jacket.


Rubric Judges will be using:

5 points Introduction Introduction of yourself, including name
5 points 4-H Enthusiasm Overall enthusiasm for 4-H
10 points 4-H Story Explanation of the topics covered; clear, concise while detailed
5 points Design & Creativity Production quality; good design concept; creativity; copyright free
10 points Public Speaking Appropriate dress; voice; script preparation

Release: By submitting an entry, all applicants are agreeing to the following terms and conditions: the video is devoid of any copyrighted material (including music) or non-permissive youth images; the video may be used for 4-H marketing purposes in both in its entirety or edited format; applicant plans to enroll in Brown County 4-H for 2021.

Best of luck and we can’t wait to see your entries!

2021 Tobacco GAPs update

Two Zoom meetings have been scheduled:
Tuesday, January 19,10 a.m.-12 p.m. (EST)
Tuesday, February 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (EST)

The two-hour Zoom meeting will contain one-hour of crop and environment information followed by a one-hour GAPC Update and labor information.

Growers only interested in participating in the first hour containing the Tobacco Production information presented by Dr. Andy Bailey and Dr. Bob Pearce may do so. Those growers will not be given 2021 Annual GAP Training credit and will be required to complete Annual GAP Training on-line or by mail.

Growers that complete the full two-hour Zoom meeting will be given 2021 Annual GAP Training credit.

Growers can participate in the Zoom meeting from their home. Interested growers are required to register, and registration must be completed by noon on January 18 for the January 19 session and by noon on February 22 for the February 23 by contacting Amy Rochkes at GAP Connections.

Growers must register to participate from home by one of the following:
• On-line at
• Calling Amy Rochkes at (865) 622-4606, extension 107
• Emailing Amy Rochkes at

Registered growers will be emailed the Zoom meeting link and passcode from Amy Rochkes after the registration period closes at noon on January 18 or February 22.


Farm Office Live: Winter Edition

Farm Office live returns this winter! You can join by visiting
Upcoming topics include: Outlook on crop input costs and profit margins, outlook on cropland values and cash rents, outlook on interest rates, tax issues that may impact farm businesses, legal trends for 2021, legislative updates, farm business management and analysis updates, farm succession & estate planning updates.
Future dates:
January 13th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
January 15th 10:00 – 11:30 am
February 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
February 12th 10:00 – 11:30 am
March 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
March 12th 10:00 – 11:30 am
April 7th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
April 9th 10:00 – 11:30 am
Recordings of previous sessions can be found at