If you missed Market Ready in the spring, here is an opportunity for the fall!

October 11, 2018

OSU Extension, Brown County

325 West State Street, Bldg 2, Georgetown, OH 45121

Registration and brochure

MarketReady

MarketReady is a comprehensive educational program that prepares food producers to sell directly to consumers and wholesale buyers. The Ohio MarketReady Team provides professional education to improve marketing planning and marketing relationships. MarketReady workshops and resources guide producers through the decisions needed for entering various direct marketing channels.

Are you MarketReady?

(Selling directly to Consumers)
– On & off farm markets & farmers’ markets
– Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

(Selling directly to Wholesale Buyers)
– Chefs – restaurants & caterers
– Grocery stores & specialty retailers
– Food service (schools & institutions) & food processors
– Food manufacturers

The MarketReady training is based around best business practices identified by buyers in each type of consumer and wholesale market.

Don’t Forget to Drop Off Your Peanut Butter!

Clermont County 4-H is partnering with Empower Youth to fill weekend food packs with a family favorite – peanut butter and jelly!  This classic sandwich is a good source of protein and is easy for school-aged youth to make on their own.  Empower Youth provides food packs to more than 700  local youth each week!  The packs are meant to be an encouragement to families who may find themselves needing a little extra to stretch their groceries for the week.

4-H Clubs, families, community members and businesses are challenged to collect donations of any brand or type of peanut butter or nut butter alternative, jelly and jam (no expired, opened or homemade items or pre-made sandwiches will be accepted).  Donations can be dropped-off at the Clermont County Extension Office until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28.

Help us reach our goal of filling all 700 weekend food packs with peanut butter and jelly!

PB&J Drive Flyer

OHIO CHEVIOT BREEDERS STARTER FLOCK AWARD

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 The Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association (OCBA) is seeking applicants for the Jim Cluff Memorial Starter Flock Award. The OCBA started the contest in 1994 to award a Cheviot starter flock to an Ohio youth up to 17 years of age. The purpose of the award is to introduce the youth to the enjoyment of raising and owning a purebred Cheviot sheep, as well as encouraging the growth of new Cheviot breeders in Ohio. The contest winner will receive the following: a one-year membership in the OCBA, one bred ewe the first year, one ram the second year and in the third year the youth will donate a lamb to continue the award.

The application deadline is September 30th. For an application and contest rules please contact Bob Hunter at (614)483-3202 or at rpkjhunter@msn.com.

Ag Tax Issues Webinar hosted in Clermont County

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Tax practitioners, farmers and farmland owners are encouraged to connect to the Ag and Natural Resources Income Tax Issues Webinar on Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and participants can attend the webinar at host locations throughout Ohio or connect at home or office.

The webinar focuses on issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources, and will highlight key regulations of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act related specifically to those income tax returns.

The program is an intermediate-level course for tax preparers whose clients include farmers and rural landowners. Farmers who prepare and file their own taxes will also benefit from the webinar.

Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:

New Section 199A 20% Pass-Through Deduction

Learn how pass-through business owners (most all businesses except those organized as C-Corps) can qualify for this new deduction

Farm Loss Deduction Limits

Review the special rules and limits that apply to farm losses and farm net operating losses.

Depreciation of Farm Assets

Discuss new rules impacting the depreciation and expensing of farm assets. Also review the impact of the elimination of IRC § 1031 like-kind exchange treatment for personal property on farm trades.

Farm and Ranch Tax Elections

Identify general rules applicable to making and revoking elections allowed to farm businesses.

Section 199A and Agricultural and Horticultural Cooperatives

Define the new tax law applicable to sales by patrons through cooperatives.

Farm Lease Income and the QBI Deduction

Application of the QBI Deduction to farm lease income.

Entity Considerations

Review entity planning considerations for farm clients necessitated by the new tax law.

Involuntary Conversions:

Involuntary conversions may be the result of a condemnation, a sale under a threat of condemnation, sales of livestock due to weather conditions, or a casualty. The webinar will describe the tax rules associated with these dispositions.

Taxation of Wetland Mitigation Credits

Discuss how wetland mitigation credits are created and how credits might be taxed upon sale or disposition by farmers and ranchers.

Commodities Futures and Options Contracts

Review the tax implications of hedging transactions and options contracts.

Non-Cash Transactions

Identify some of the common challenges associated with non-cash transactions—such as commodity gifts and wages, bartering, and non-cash patronage dividends—and discusses their tax consequences.

Tax Implications of Payments from Energy Companies

Explore the tax treatment of various payments that a landowner or mineral owner may receive from oil and gas exploration, drilling activity, or from wind or solar energy produced on his or her land.

Case Study with Forms

Presentation with a typical farm client and walk through form preparation for that client’s tax return.

The cost for the one-day school is $150, and applications have been made for the following continuing education credits:

  • Accountancy Board of Ohio, CPAs (6 hours)
  • Office of Professional Responsibility, IRS (6 hours)
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Attorneys (5 hours)

Registration includes the Agricultural Tax Issues workbook. The deadline to register is Dec. 6 to ensure participants will receive the workbook in the mail before the workshop. The live webinar, which will also feature a real-time Q-and-A, can be viewed at several host locations statewide and will include lunch.

Participants also have the option to view the webinar from home if unable to attend a host location.

For those who choose not to attend at a host location, a web address for the webinar will be sent in advance of the Dec. 17 presentation.

Host locations include:

  • Auglaize County, OSU Extension Office, 208 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta
  • Clermont County, OSU Extension Office, 1000 Locust St., Owensville
  • Miami County, OSU Extension Office, 201 W. Main St., Old Courthouse, Troy
  • Putnam County, OSU Extension Office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa
  • Wayne County, Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster
  • Wyandot County, Elks Lodge, 320 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky

More information on the workshop, including how to register, can be found at go.osu.edu/agissuesreg

Contact Barry Ward at 614-688-3959, ward.8@osu.edu or Julie Strawser at 614-292-2433, strawser.35@osu.edu with questions.

PB&J Drive: Better Together

Clermont County 4-H is partnering with Empower Youth to fill weekend food packs with a family favorite – peanut butter and jelly!  This classic sandwich is a good source of protein and is easy for school-aged youth to make on their own.  Empower Youth provides food packs to more than 700  local youth each week!  The packs are meant to be an encouragement to families who may find themselves needing a little extra to stretch their groceries for the week.

4-H Clubs, families, community members and businesses are challenged to collect donations of any brand or type of peanut butter or nut butter alternative, jelly and jam (no expired, opened or homemade items or pre-made sandwiches will be accepted).  Donations can be dropped-off at the Clermont County Extension Office until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28.

Help us reach our goal of filling all 700 weekend food packs with peanut butter and jelly!

PB&J Drive Flyer

Get your FSR tickets!

Image result for get ticketsLONDON, Ohio — Visitors to the 56th annual Farm Science Review, the premier outdoor agricultural education and industry trade show Sept. 18-20, will walk away with advice they can use to improve their farm operation, large or small.

The exhibit area is now 20 acres larger, and improvements have been made so visitors can better access parking as well as the exhibits and other offerings at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.

The Farm Science Review has gone digital. Get the mobile app and digital directory of exhibitors.

Tickets are $7 online, at OSU Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, and $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free. Details on event hours, buying tickets online and more are on the Review’s website at fsr.osu.edu.

 

 

Lowering our Sodium While Eating Out

When we think of Salt and Sodium, we usually think that the two are the same and we interchange them all the time!  However, they actually mean something different.  Salt is a crystal-like compound that is found in nature.  Sodium is a mineral and is one of the elements found in salt!

Sodium has many purposes when it comes to our food!  We use it for curing meat, thickening, enhancing flavor, as a preservative and for baking.  There are many items that are high in sodium, yet don’t tasty salty at all!  For instance, cereals, donuts and other pastries are high in sodium, but we don’t taste the salt while enjoying them.  But we also have foods that are high in sodium that taste salty.  An example of those items are pickles and soy sauce.  Half of the sodium we consume every day are from foods such as bread, pizza, soup, deli meat and snack foods!

Sodium is a nutrient that our body needs.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend we have less than 2,300 mg per day or about 1 teaspoon.  However, the average person eats approximately 3,400 mg per day!  A few tips to cut back on the amount of Sodium we consume are: prepare your own food instead of processed foods, try no-salt seasonings and fresh herbs and spices, rinse canned vegetables & beans, try unsalted snack items and when possible buy fresh meats & vegetables.

This week the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities discussed Sodium and how we can lower are intake especially when eating out!  We were surprised by the amount Sodium found in some of our favorite foods at fast food restaurants!  During class we cooked a homemade Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe using fresh cooked chicken, frozen vegetables and an easy crust.  It was a delicious meal that everyone enjoyed!  If you would like a copy of the recipe, please email Becky at fiscus.22@osu.edu.

 

 

Attention Extension Friends and Supporters!

Hello Clermont County Extension Friends and Supporters!

Ohio State University Extension will be conducting a survey of our supporters and friends to learn more about the issues you believe are important in Clermont County.

You may receive the survey.  It will be sent via email on September 6, and it will come from our OSU Extension Director, Dr. Roger Rennekamp.  It will also include local contact information for our office, in case you have any questions for us.

If you receive the survey, please take a few minutes to fill it out.  It will ask for your opinions about things that are going well in Clermont County and about areas where you feel additional support is needed. Our goal is to understand what matters to you so we can serve local needs even more effectively in the coming year.

Thank you for helping us with this important project and thank you, too, for all you do to help us bring valuable programs and services to all the citizens of our county!

4-H Recognition Award Applications

We know Clermont County has the BEST MEMBERS and the BEST CLUBS.  Apply and be recognized!  Click on the titles below to download the forms.

4-H Clover Award Application (Formerly called the 4-H Achievement Award)

2018 Honor Club Application

2018 Member & Volunteer Pin Order Form

 

Congratulations to Clermont County’s Teen Leaders

We are pleased to announce Sarah Francis, Maddie Hill and Lillian Wildey as 2018-19 Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council members!

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction. Their term will run from September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019.

Congratulations Sarah, Maddie and Lillian!

Thank you to Elise Bezold, Sarah Francis, Maddie Hill and Jetta McCart for representing Clermont County as 2017-18 TLC Members.