Sheep News

Still Time to Frost Seed Red Clover

Chris Penrose, OSU Extension Educator ANR, Morgan County (previously published in the C.O.R.N. Newsletter 2021-05) We are at the point of the winter that daily average Read more about Still Time to Frost Seed Red Clover

Are Parasites a Limiting Factor in your Operation?

Bill Fosher, Granite State Graziers coordinator and New Hampshire sheep producer (Previously published in On Pasture: March 1, 2021) The parasites that infest sheep can be Read more about Are Parasites a Limiting Factor in your Operation?

Timing Pasture Mowing for Weed Control


Ohio Beef Cattle News

Eight new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1230 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:

With temperatures throughout Ohio in the range of +/- zero most mornings, cows are requiring additional energy to avoid losing condition. With that along with calving season upon us, this week we take a look at managing forage quality. Also, will the ‘new normal’ involve more folks harvesting their own meat animals? If so, learn about some new resources we have to offer.

Articles this week include:

  • Hay Quality; What a difference a year makes, or does it?
  • Analyzing Forage Quality to Meet the Nutritional Needs of the Beef Cow
  • Cold Stress and Beef Cows
  • The Buckeye Beef Byte; a Conversation on Reproductive Management with Alvaro Garcia Guerra, Assistant Professor, OSU Dept of AnSci
  • Resource Kit Available for Those Exploring a Meat Processing Business
  • Extension Meat Specialist Offers Workshops to Tackle Meat Industry Labor Challenges
  • Winter Storms and Cold Cattle in the Southeast
  • Weekly Livestock Comments for February 12, 2021


“Farm Office Live” continues this winter as an opportunity for you to get the latest outlook and updates on ag law, farm management, ag economics, farm business analysis and other related issues from faculty and educators with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Each Farm Office Live begins with presentations on select ag law and farm management topics from our specialists followed by open discussions and a Q&A session. Viewers can attend “Farm Office Live” online each month on Wednesday evening or Friday morning, or can catch a recording of each program.

The full slate of offerings remaining for this winter are:

  • March 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • March 12th 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • April 7th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • April 9th 10:00 – 11:30 am

Topics to be addressed in March include:

  • Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
  • Proposed “American Rescue Plan of 2021” – New Stimulus Legislation
  • General Legislative Update
  • Ohio Farm Business Analysis – A Look at Crops
  • Ohio Cash Rental Rates: Outlook and Discussion on Lease Alternatives

To register or view past recordings, visit

For more information or to submit a topic for discussion, email Julie Strawser at or call the Farm Office at 614-292-2433. We look forward to you joining us!

Barry Ward, David Marrison, Peggy Hall, Dianne Shoemaker and Julie Strawser – Ohio State University Extension

Soilless Strawberry School

Online live lectures and discussion on March 26th

Recordings will be available for additional 2 weeks

Registrations fees: $180 per person

Ohio resident discount available (please contact Chieri Kubota)

More information & registration

Register by 3/23/21

Contact for your questions: Chieri Kubota (

Native trees and shrubs for wildlife

Registration is now open for “Native trees and shrubs for wildlife” offered by A DAY in the WOODS on March 12 via zoom webinar.  This program will feature Ryan Boyer (District Biologist for IN, MI, OH; National Wild Turkey Federation), Marne Titchenell (Wildlife Program Specialist, OSU Extension), and Dave Apsley (Natural Resources Specialist, OSU Extension).

For more information and to register visit:

Also don’t forget to check out our ever-growing list of tree ID videos and other resources at

Stay tuned for announcements about our 2021 program plans!

Midwest Women in Ag Community Education Series

Women working, owning, and operating in agriculture is an increasing demographic to the population of farms and ranches across the country. The 2017 US Census of Agriculture showed that the number of female operators is still growing. Approximately 28% of the population of farmers and ranchers in the United States are female with continued steady growth since 2009. Whether on a small farm or large operation, women are increasing their footprint in the agricultural soil as developers, entrepreneurs, and marketing enthusiasts.

Join us each Thursday in March from 9-11 AM (EST)/8-10 AM (CT) for the Midwest Women in Ag Community Education Series.  This series is a collaborative effort of land grant institution Extension and related non-profits including Ohio State University Extension, Purdue University Extension, Michigan Food and Farming Systems and Kentucky Women in Agriculture. This series will be held virtual on the Zoom platform and features a morning health and wellness segment followed by an educational session and discussion.

There is a fee of $10 per session. You must register and pay to receive the connection link and details. Register today at

Click here for a copy of the flyer.

March 4th: The Ohio State University

Planning for the Farm & Family Future

Peggy Kirk Hall, OSU Extension, Associate Professor & Director, Agricultural & Resource Law


March 11th: Purdue University- Extension

Marketing the Farm


March 18th: Kentucky Women in Agriculture

Engaging a Community to Grow Agricultural Literacy


March 25th: Michigan Food & Farming Systems

Leveraging Technical Assistance, Education and Research Programs to Support Diversity in Agriculture


Ohio State University Extension in Warren County is offering this webinar series as a replacement for the 2021 Southwestern Ohio Beekeeper School which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our “live” school will return on March 26, 2022. Mark your calendars.

The following webinars are free but do require you to register for each meeting at our website. Anyone is invited to participate, but attendance is limited to 300 people. All sessions will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be finished by 9:00 p.m. Website Address for Registration: 

March 22, 2021
Equipment Basics
Amanda Bennett, Ohio State University Extension, Miami County
Many products are available to the beginner beekeeper. But which ones do you really need? This session will cover basic equipment needed to begin your beekeeping adventure. The benefits and drawbacks of different systems will be discussed and participants will take away a list of essential items needed.

March 24, 2021
Bee Basics
Amanda Bennett, Ohio State University Extension, Miami County
Opening up a hive can be a very daunting task for the new beekeeper. What is “normal”? What should a beekeeper be looking for during inspections? It is important for all beekeepers to understand normal lifecycles, seasonal activities, bee abnormalities and oddities to be able to accurately assess colony health and look for red flags to guide management decisions.

March 29, 2021
Bees and Plants: An Essential Relationship
Denise Ellsworth, Ohio State University, Program Director, Pollinator Education
Bees depend on plants for energy-rich nectar and high-protein pollen, while plants depend on bees and other couriers to transport pollen from flower to flower. This session will focus on the rewards plants offer and key plant sources of this essential food. Participants will also learn how to use phenology to track bloom time of local plants using a web-based biological calendar.

For more information about the Southwestern Ohio Beginner Beekeeping Webinars, contact Greg Meyer, OSU Extension Educator in Warren County, by email at .

ANR Programming Newsletter: Week of February 15, 2021







Caregiver Support Network

Join the Caregiver Support Network for two FREE webinars on


Wednesday February 17 – online via Zoom

10 am: Respite and Caregiver needs: Creating your respite plan

2 pm: Sharing respite experiences and resources: Where do I start?

Who should attend: 

  • Family members caring for an adult or senior with chronic illness or disability
  • Adult children concerned about aging parents
  • Parents caring for adult children with disabilities
  • Long term workers: assisted living facility, adult family home or home care agency staff
  • Social service, adult day service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers




Contact: Laura Akgerman at 614-292-0622 or

Webinar preview: Health Aging Telecast video

Attendees seeking an accommodation to participate in the webinar are encouraged to contact Laura Akgerman at akgerman.4@osu.eduas early as possible, and in advance of the event to request accommodations. The webinar will be auto-captioned, recorded and posted at