2021 Research Season Kicks Off!

We had to race the snow but on Tuesday, we were able to get our first research plot of the year planted and fertilized! Find more details about our research projects and track our progress all season long at https://brown.osu.edu/…/farm-research…/forage-fertility.
Season-long crop health and pest reports for Brown County will also be uploaded at go.osu.edu/fieldreport. More will be added as the season progresses and the April snow showers subside.

Southern Ohio Farm Show

In this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, we visit Sim’s Family Golf Center to learn tips for putting, April gardening update from Dr. Tim McDermott, and a weather outlook with Dr. Aaron Wilson. Be sure to tune in next week for the 1st anniversary of the Southern Ohio Farm Show!

ANR Programming Newsletter: Week of April 26, 2021 – Issue 15



Southern Ohio Farm Show (9Virtual) – 10:00am to 11:00am
Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group Podcast – 12:30pm to 01:30pm
Southwest Ohio Virtual Perennial School – 11:00am to 12:00pm
The Economics of US Forests as a Natural Climate Solution Webinar – 12:00pm to 02:00pm


Taco Salad

1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil

1 pound ground turkey, extra lean

1 small onion, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

1 packet low-sodium taco seasoning OR 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 teaspoon onion powder and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 15 ounce can pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup salsa

4 cups salad greens, torn into small pieces

2 tomatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


1. Before you begin, wash your hands, surfaces, utensils, produce, and tops of cans.

2. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add ground turkey, onion and taco seasoning. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, break meat apart into small pieces. Cook thoroughly until meat is no longer pink, about 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Add beans and salsa to skillet and gently mix to incorporate and cook 3 to 4 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. While meat is cooking, place salad greens, tomatoes and green pepper in a mixing bowl and toss gently.

5. When ready to serve, spoon meat mixture over salad greens and top with shredded cheese.


Leave taco meat on side until ready to serve.

USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers: Reopening of CFAP2, Additional CFAP1 payments and more

Article from Chris Zoller at The Ohio Ag Manager: https://u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager/2021/03/26/5130/

Full details can be found at: https://www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance


Pandemic Assistance for Producers

Intended to reach a broader representation of producers than previous COVID-19 aid programs.  The program will place a greater emphasis on small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesting, as well as support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable fuels.

The USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) includes four parts.  Details below were provided in a news release from USDA.

1. USDA will re-open sign-up for of CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021.

  • FSA has committed at least $2.5 million to establish partnerships and direct outreach efforts intended to improve outreach for CFAP 2 and will cooperate with grassroots organizations with strong connections to socially disadvantaged communities to ensure they are informed and aware of the application process.


2. Additional Payments From CFAP1: Many may have already received these payments.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, enacted December 2020 requires FSA to make certain payments to producers according to a mandated formula. USDA is now expediting these provisions because there is no discretion involved in interpreting such directives, they are self-enacting.

  • An increase in CFAP 1 payment rates for cattle. Cattle producers with approved CFAP 1 applications will automatically receive these payments beginning in April. Information on the additional payment rates for cattle can be found on farmers.gov/cfap. Eligible producers do not need to submit new applications, since payments are based on previously approved CFAP 1 applications. USDA estimates additional payments of more than $1.1 billion to more than 410,000 producers, according to the mandated formula.
  • Additional CFAP assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible crops identified as CFAP 2 flat-rate or price-trigger crops beginning in April. This includes alfalfa, corn, cotton, hemp, peanuts, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat, among other crops. FSA will automatically issue payments to eligible price trigger and flat-rate crop producers based on the eligible acres included on their CFAP 2 applications. Eligible producers do not need to submit a new CFAP 2 application. For a list of all eligible row-crops, visit farmers.gov/cfap. USDA estimates additional payments of more than $4.5 billion to more than 560,000 producers, according to the mandated formula.
  • USDA will finalize routine decisions and minor formula adjustments on applications and begin processing payments for certain applications filed as part of the CFAP Additional Assistance program in the following categories:
    • Applications filed for pullets and turfgrass sod;
    • A formula correction for row-crop producer applications to allow producers with a non-Actual Production History (APH) insurance policy to use 100% of the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) benchmark yield in the calculation;
    • Sales commodity applications revised to include insurance indemnities, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program payments, and Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus payments, as required by statute; and
    • Additional payments for swine producers and contract growers under CFAP Additional Assistance remain on hold and are likely to require modifications to the regulation as part of the broader evaluation and future assistance; however, FSA will continue to accept applications from interested producers.

Part 3. USDA will dedicate at least $6 billion to develop a number of new programs or modify existing proposals using discretionary funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act and other coronavirus funding that went unspent by the previous administration. Where rulemaking is required, it will commence this spring. These efforts will include assistance for:

  • Dairy farmers through the Dairy Donation Program or other means:
  • Euthanized livestock and poultry;
  • Biofuels;
  • Specialty crops, beginning farmers, local, urban and organic farms;
  • Costs for organic certification or to continue or add conservation activities
  • Other possible expansion and corrections to CFAP that were not part of today’s announcement such as to support dairy or other livestock producers;
  • Timber harvesting and hauling;
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other protective measures for food and farm workers and specialty crop and seafood producers, processors and distributors;
  • Improving the resilience of the food supply chain, including assistance to meat and poultry operations to facilitate interstate shipment;
  • Developing infrastructure to support donation and distribution of perishable commodities, including food donation and distribution through farm-to-school, restaurants or other community organizations; and
  • Reducing food waste.

Part 4:USDA expects to begin investing approximately $500 million in expedited assistance through several existing programs this spring, with most by April 30. This new assistance includes:

  • $100 million in additional funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which enhances the competitiveness of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops.
  • $75 million in additional funding for the Farmers Opportunities Training and Outreach program, administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, which encourages and assists socially disadvantaged, veteran, and beginning farmers and ranchers in the ownership and operation of farms and ranches.
  • $100 million in additional funding for the Local Agricultural Marketing Program, administered by the AMS and Rural Development, which supports the development, coordination and expansion of direct producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets and enterprises and value-added agricultural products.
  • $75 million in additional funding for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, administered by the NIFA, which provides funding opportunities to conduct and evaluate projects providing incentives to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers
  • $20 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to improve and maintain animal disease prevention and response capacity, including the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.
  • $20 million for the Agricultural Research Service to work collaboratively with Texas A&M on the critical intersection between responsive agriculture, food production, and human nutrition and health.
  • $28 million for NIFA to provide grants to state departments of agriculture to expand or sustain existing farm stress assistance programs.
  • Approximately $80 million in additional payments to domestic users of upland and extra-long staple cotton based on a formula set in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 that USDA plans to deliver through the Economic Adjustment Assistance for Textile Mills program.


Spring Planting for Pollinators

Spring is here and in full swing! If you plan on making additions to your yard or garden, check out these factsheets for plants that are pollinator friendly!

1.Trees for Bees: https://cpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/u.osu.edu/dist/a/836/files/2016/03/ENT_71_15-13m1u0u.pdf















2. Attracting Pollinators to the Garden: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/ENT-47

Key Plants for Pollinators

Early-blooming maples provide an important pollen and nectar source for bees in early spring.

While literally hundreds of garden plants provide important sources of nectar and pollen for pollinators, try these garden-worthy additions:

  • Trees: maple, crabapple, linden, serviceberry
  • Shrubs: ninebark, pussy willow, sumac, viburnum
  • Perennials: aster, hyssop, milkweed, purple coneflower
  • Annuals: cosmos, marigold, sunflower, zinnia
  • Herbs: basil, borage, catmint, lavender, oregano
















3. Ohio State Bee Lab- Numerous Resources for attracting pollinators: https://u.osu.edu/beelab/

Periodical Cicadas are Poised to Emerge

View the recent article about the emergence of periodical cicadas by Joe Boggs. Full article can be found at https://bygl.osu.edu/node/1759

“It’s important to keep in mind that periodical cicadas co-evolved with their hardwood hosts.  They are not tree-killers.  Their damage to established trees is minimal.  Indeed, their focus on the tips of branches and twigs translates into a form of natural pruning.”