Southern Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training

Are you looking to become certified in applying fertilizer? OSU Extension Highland County is hosting the Southern Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training. This training is for anyone who applies fertilizer (other than manure) to more than 50 acres of agricultural production that is grown primarily for sale. Questions can be directed to James Morris at or by calling 937-393-1918.

When: Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Southern State Community College
100 Hobart Dr
Hillsboro, OH 45133
Room 106
Cost: $35.00 Cash or check only. Payments can be sent to
119 Govenor Foraker Pl.
Suite 202
Hillsboro, OH 45133

Registration: Required and can be completed by contacting James Morris at or by calling 937-393-6018
Registration and Payment Deadline: Tuesday, November 29, 2022


November Master Gardener Seminar

The Brown County Master Gardeners would like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Fankhauser for coming to present on the knowledge that he has gained through his years of gardening. If you missed last night’s seminar don’t worry, we will have more! Be sure to join us on January 19, 2023, for our next seminar covering Uninvited Guests.

Women In Agriculture Series

Are you a woman in Agriculture? Join OSU Extension Clinton County for their Women in Agriculture Series. This 3 session series will cover Ag Law, Succession and Farm Program Updates and Discussion. Each session will be held at the Clinton County Extension Community Room from 6:30pm-8:30pm. It is FREE to attend but registration is REQUIRED. Participants can register by calling the Clinton County Extension Office at 937-382-0901.

We are HIRING! Join our team!

The OSU Extension Office in Brown County is hiring to fill the extension Educator for Ag & Natural Resources and Community Development position.
The position is now posted at
Search for Requisition: R63416
The position states it closes Nov. 12th, please note this means the position will close at 11:59pm on Nov. 19th.

PB&J – A Month of Giving

Brown County 4-H is partnering with (or competing against, however you want to look at it) Clermont and Highland County 4-H to sponsor a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.  We will be collecting donations from November 1-30.  Clubs, organizations, community members, and businesses are encouraged to participate.  However, the 4-H club that donates the most items will win a pizza party for their club! Donations can be dropped off at the Extension Office Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m.-4:30 p.m.. The items collected will be donated to Empower Youth to be included in the food packs that will be sent home with kids over winter break.

Register Today for Annie’s Project

Today is the last day to register for Annie’s Project! “Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in modern farm enterprise. This 6-week workshop focuses on five key areas of risk management: human, financial, marketing, production, and legal.” Seminars will be held once a week from 6:00-9:00pm at the Ross County Service Center on October 27, October 31, November 3, November 7, November 10, and November 17. The cost to attend is $75.00 and registration can be completed here.


Spotted Lanternfly and the Potential Impacts on the Maple Syrup Industry

Join Penn State Extension Educator, Brian Walsh to learn about the potential damage that the Spotted Lanternfly is causing. This FREE webinar will take place on November 16, 2022 beginning at 10:00am. The Spotted Lanternfly is known to cause damage both to agricultural and non-agricultural plants. The Spotted Lanternfly is known to cause damage to certain species of trees which means that the maple syrup industry could potentially be at risk. The Spotted Lanternfly’s range is continuing to grow, more information about the Spotted Lanternfly is being gained. This webinar is FREE to attend but does REQUIRE registration. You can register by clicking here.

Spotted Lanternfly and the Potential Impacts on the Maple Syrup Industry

2022-2023 Brown County Master Gardener Free Seminar Series

Looking to expand your knowledge this winter? Join Brown County Master Gardeners every third Thursday of the month for 6 different seminars each covering a different topic in the Community Room at Western Brown High School. The seminar series begins Thursday, October 20, 2022 covering Culinary Herbs. These seminars are FREE to attend and DON’T require registration to attend! See the flyer below to see the full list of seminar topics. Any questions can be directed to the Brown County Extension Office at 937-378-6716.























Master Gardener Training Class Registration is Open

The Master Gardener Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office.

What is the Master Gardener Program?       

Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardeners provide such educational services to their communities as answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticulture activities.

How do I know if I’d make a good Master Gardener?

You could qualify to become a Master Gardener, if:

  • You want to learn more about plants and gardening.
  • You are eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program.
  • You enjoy sharing your knowledge with others.
  • You have the time to attend training and serve your community as a volunteer educator.

How do I become a Master Gardener?

To become a Master Gardener, you must:

  • Be accepted into the Master Gardener program by completing the volunteer application. Registration and application can be found at  Please complete your registration and application by October 4, 2022. More information will be emailed directly to you upon completion of online registration.
  • Complete the formal training provided by The Ohio State University Extension. The training is approximately 50 hours and participants must pass all quizzes and examinations with a cumulative average of 70% or better.
  • Complete 50 hours of volunteer time on projects pre-approved by the Master Gardener coordinator. This volunteer time must be finished within one calendar year after their formal training.

Is there a cost for the training?

The 2022 class costs $200 plus the cost of a required background check. If paying by check, make checks out to Ohio State University Extension. Background checks can be done upon acceptance into MGV class.

When is the next training?  Beginning October 18 and ending November 17, classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hour lunch break. 1p.m. –  4:00 p.m. You will be required to attend all the classes listed in order to complete the required 50 hours of training.

Where will classes be hosted? Training will be offered in-person Tuesdays in Brown County and Thursdays in Clermont County, rotating between the sites for the series.

Dates of:

October 18, orientation 9-Noon

October 25 & 27

November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, & 17

I already received my Master Gardener Volunteer training.  Can I join a different county association?

Yes, if you are a member in good standing with another state or county association, you can switch your membership to a different county’s association.

There are additional criteria for transferring from out of state. Contact your local extension office for those details.

How do I continue as an active Master Gardener?

To stay active, you must do the following every year:

  • Pay your local association dues.
  • Complete 20 hours of volunteer time on pre-approved Master Gardener projects.
  • Complete 10 hours of pre-approved training in horticulture. Training opportunities will be provided locally but are also available at state and national conferences.

Contact Information

Click here to view the brochure.