Fun at the Fair!

Things to do during fair week:

  • Have your club watch/participate in the Fireman’s Parade
  • Eat at the Outpost to support Clermont 4-H
  • Visit the 4-H Hall exhibits for non-livestock projects and check out Commodity Carnival
  • Visit the barns and show arenas to see livestock projects
  • Visit the Extension display in the 4-H Hall to learn more about OSU Extension Clermont County

Become Clermont County’s 2017 Top Baker


Calling all youth ages 8 through 18 to use your baking skills to enter the Clermont County Fair’s Junior Division Bake-It Contest.  There are 3 divisions and 24 classes to to choose from to showcase your preparation skills.  Enter and become Clermont County’s “Top Baker”  Click here for the rules.



Hops Pre-Harvest Field Night

Related imageOSU South Centers, will be hosting the Hops Pre-Harvest Field Night.  The field night will take place on Thursday, July 27, 2017 and will be held at the OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio.  The field night will begin at 6 p.m. (with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.) and will end approximately around 8:30 p.m.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Viewing of the Hops Harvester  Machine
  • Galvanized Trellis System
  • Hop Mechanical Harvesting Demonstration
  • Drying Demonstration
  • Insect & Disease Scouting
  • Insect & Disease Management
  • Nutrient Management & Fertigation Demonstration
  • Petiole Sap Analysis Demonstration
  • Drip Irrigation Management
  • And more!

You must preregister for the field night.  Deadline to register is Tuesday, July 25th.

Please see this flyer for full details and for registration information.

This field night is geared towards the beginner and the advanced grower.  There will be plenty of time for questions and one-on-one discussion.

Space is limited so don’t delay in getting registered!

We look forward to seeing many new and experienced growers at this field night!

Clermont County Master Gardener Volunteer Training – Fall 2017

Image result for ohio master gardenerYou could be 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.

The Master Gardener Program
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.

For more information and to register click this link: Master Gardener Registration 2017-1n9m0hz

Introduction to Beekeeping

Are you interested in keeping honeybees or just want to learn more? Then join OSU Extension Educator, Amanda Bennett of Miami County, as she introduces you to the world of bees. Amanda is also an experienced beekeeper and will provide knowledge for you to start your own bee business.  For registration information click the link provided, Beginners Beekeeping August 8-2g6xhgt.

Selling Foods at the Farm: When Do You Need a License?

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, many producers may be considering selling produce, meats, cottage foods and baked goods directly to consumers at the farm property. A question we often hear from farmers thinking about these types of farm food sales is, “do I need some type of license or inspection to sell food from the farm?” The answer to this question depends upon the type of food offered for sale:

  • Sales of foods such as fresh produce or cottage foods do not require a license.
  • Sales of certain types of baked goods require a home bakery license.
  • Sales of multiple types of foods or higher risk foods require a farm market registration or a retail food establishment (RFE) license.
  • The home bakery license, farm market registration, and RFE license involve inspections of the production or sales area.

It is important for a producer to carefully assess the food sales situation and comply with the appropriate licensing or registration requirements. To do so, a producer should identify the type and number of food products he or she will sell and whether the food poses low or high food safety risk.

Our new Law Bulletin, Selling Foods at the Farm: When Do You Need a License? will help producers assess their situations and determine their needs for appropriate licensing, registration, or inspections.

New Way to Detect Palmer Amaranth in Contaminated Seedlots

Last summer, farmers in the Midwest got an unwelcome surprise after planting native seed on Conservation Reserve Program acres. Palmer amaranth is an aggressive and hard-to-kill weed. As a possible solution, some states declared Palmer a noxious weed, which prohibits its sale and transport.

The typical testing method involves growing a sample of seeds until the plants are large enough to be identified, but this is a slow and potentially unreliable process. Pat Tranel, molecular weed scientist at the University of Illinois, said growers are calling and telling him, their businesses are up in the air because of this.” Unless they have a way to certify their product is Palmer-free, they can’t sell it,” said Tranel. There is a company that tests individual seeds using DNA sequencing, but charges $100 per seed.

Tranel and graduate student Brent Murphy developed a way around these issues. Their low-cost method can identify Palmer amaranth DNA from within a mixed sample without having to grow the plants.

Once they developed the assay, they asked the University of Illinois Extension’s Plant Clinic to optimize the test for mixed seed samples. Diagnostic outreach Extension specialist Diane Plewa and Plant Clinic technician Elizabeth Phillippi began trying different methods to extract DNA from seed. The Plant Clinic has developed a protocol for commercial testing of seedlots and is now offering the service for $50 per sample. Visit the Plant Clinic website for more information.

A quantitative assay for Amaranthus palmeri identification was published in the June 2017 issue of Pest Management Science. The work was supported by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hatch grant.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture sent this bulletin at 06/07/2017 05:53 PM EDT

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens “Plant Trial Symposium”

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The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is very pleased to announce that their next “Plant Trials Day Symposium” is now available for registration, and, while every past symposium has been amazing, this one might just be the best yet. Check out this lineup of speakers!

Speaker Bios

  • Allan Armitage, acclaimed author and speaker, will give two talks…and sell books
  • Tim Wood, one of the world’s top finders of new and exciting shrubs and an excellent speaker
  • Jim Nau, the visionary behind the beautiful mixed borders at Ball Flora, and one of the world’s top experts on annuals
  • Irvin Etienne, the heart and soul of the fabulous gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, an awarded garden writer, and a very popular speaker
  • Deborah Hardwick, perhaps the world’s foremost authority on the genus Clematis
  • Mark Wessel, a savant plant genius tasked with finding new and wonderful plants world over for Gardens Alive
  • Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture at the CZBG and my boss—a most incredible man!

We’ll again feature the Best Plants Blitz, The Game Show! which will pit the speakers against one another and lead to laughs, confusion, and insight into great, underused plants.

More details and registration can be found at this link. Click here for event flyer.

Guaranteed to sell out, so register early!

Also, if you’re looking for a great selection of high quality native plants at reasonable prices, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be holding a Plant Sale July 8th at EcOhio Farm at 2210 Mason-Montgomery Road. 9AM-1PM.


Scott Beuerlein

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

3400 Vine Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

(513) 559-8306 (O)

(513) 232-8343 (C)