Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey Launched for 2024

The Ohio Farm Custom Rates Survey data collection has launched once again. The online survey for 2024 is available at: www.go.osu.edu/customratesurvey 

A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation.  Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider.

Custom farming providers and customers often negotiate an agreeable custom farming machinery rate by utilizing Extension surveys results as a starting point. Ohio State University Extension collects surveys and publishes survey results from the Ohio Farm Custom Survey every other year. This survey will result in a new Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey Summary for 2024.

Custom work providers or customers are asked to respond even if they know only a few rates. Information is sought on actual rates, either what was paid to hire custom work or what was charged to perform custom work. Custom Rates should include all ownership costs of implement & tractor (if needed), operator labor, fuel and lube. If fuel is not included in the custom rate charge, there is a place on the survey to indicate this.

The online survey is available at: www.go.osu.edu/customratesurvey Survey hard copies will be sent out in the upcoming edition of the OSU Extension Brown County Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community Development Newsletter. Individuals wishing to receive the newsletter can sign up for the mailing list by contacting the OSU Extension Brown County office at 937-378-6716.

If a document is preferred that can be printed out to complete by hand to return, email Trevor Corboy at corboy.3@osu.edu or by calling OSU Extension Brown County at 937-378-6716.

The deadline to complete the survey is March 31, 2024.

2024 Soil Health Webinar Series

Join us for a webinar series focusing on all things soil health. This series will offer standalone topics, so attendees can attend one, two, or all three sessions. Live webinars will offer CCA continuing education credits, and webinar recordings will be posted to the OSU Agronomy Team YouTube Channel for later viewing.
In this monthly series, farmers, industry, and academic experts will weigh in on practical steps to improve soil health and measure impact on crop yield and farm profitability. Please plan to join us for all three sessions!

Dates: Session 1: January 11th, 2024: Who’s the J.A.M. at OSU? Presented by: Dr. Jim Ippolitio, Dr. Asmita Murumkar, & Dr. Manbir Rakkar, The Ohio State University

Session 2: February 8th, 2024: Cover Crop Info Drop, Presented by: Grower Panel

Session 3: March 7th, 2024: What’s the beef with Soil Health and livestock? Presented by: Dr. Anna Cate, University of Minnesota, Dr. Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Dr. Doug Jackson-Smith, The Ohio State University

Time: 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Location: Virtual via Zoom. Registration is required to receive the connection link. Registration can be completed by clicking here.

*See flyer below for full details.

Save the Date!

Save the Date! Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Team presents: ‘Sowing Seeds for Success’ Small Farm Conference. At the Mid – East Career Technical Center Buffalo Campus, Senecaville, Ohio on April 6, 2024.  More details will be posted on the Go Farm Ohio page in the near future, or by clicking here.

Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax Webinar

Are you a farmer or farmland owner wanting to learn more about the recent tax law issues? If so, join us for this webinar on Friday, December 15th, 2023 from 10am to noon. This webinar is a part of our Farm Office Live Series and serves as our Farm Office Live! Webinar for December. To register for this webinar go to: https://go.osu.edu/register4fol

This webinar will focus on issues related to farmer and farmland owner income tax returns as well as the latest news on CAUV and property taxes in Ohio and the big changes to the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax (CAT). This two-hour program will be presented in a live webinar format via Zoom by OSU Extension Educators Barry Ward, David Marrison and Jeff Lewis along with Purdue faculty member Dr. Michael Langemeier. Individuals who operate farms, own property, or are involved with renting farmland should participate.




Topics to be discussed during this webinar include (subject to change based on tax law change):

  • Economic Outlook
  • Depreciation Update
  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor
  • Corporate Transparency Act/Beneficial Owners Information Reporting
  • 1099-K Changes
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Basis Allocation Land Acquisition – Allocating Basis to Residual Fertility for Future Deductions
  • Defining Farm Income to Avoid Paying Estimated Tax
  • Keeping an Eye Forward on Estate/Gift Tax Limitation
  • Reminder – Keeping an Eye on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Provisions Sunsetting After 2025 Tax Year
  • Ohio Tax Update (CAUV/Property Tax Update, CAT Changes, Beginning Farmer Tax Credit, Ohio Tax Law Interpretation – Ohio Supreme Court Issues New Ruling)
  • Indiana Tax Update

– Barry Ward & Jeff Lewis, OSU Income Tax Schools