OSU Extension Announces Two-Day Tax Schools for Tax Practitioners & Agricultural & Natural Resources Income Tax Issues Webinar

Dealing with the tax provisions of the COVID-related legislation for both individuals and businesses are among the topics to be discussed during the upcoming Tax School workshop series offered throughout Ohio in November and December.

“The annual series is designed to help tax preparers learn about federal tax law changes and updates for this year as well as learn more about issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2021 tax returns,” said Barry Ward, Director of the Ohio State University Income Tax School Program.

“The tax schools are intermediate-level courses that focus on interpreting tax regulations and changes in tax laws to help tax preparers, accountants, financial planners, and attorneys advise their clients,” he said. The schools offer continuing education credit for certified public accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys, annual filing season preparers, and certified financial planners.

“Our instructors are what make the difference in our program. Most have been teaching OSU tax schools for over 20 years and make themselves available long after the class to make sure attendees get through the tax filing season,” Ward said.

Attendees also receive a class workbook that alone is an extremely valuable reference as it offers over 700 pages of material including helpful tables and examples that will be valuable to practitioners. Sample chapters of the reference workbook can be found at: https://go.osu.edu/WorkbookChapters.

This year, OSU Income Tax Schools will offer both in-person schools and an online virtual school presented over the course of four afternoons.

In-person schools:

  • November 1-2, Presidential Banquet Center, Kettering/Dayton
  • November 3-4, Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed, Gibsonburg/Fremont
  • November 17-18, Ashland University John C. Meyer Convocation Center, Ashland
  • November 22-23, Christopher Conference Center, Chillicothe
  • November 29-30, Zane State/Ohio University Zanesville Campus, Zanesville
  • December 2-3, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, OSU Campus, Columbus
  • December 6-7, Hartville Kitchen, Hartville

Virtual On-Line School presented via Zoom:

  • November 8, 12, 15 & 19, 12:30 – 4:45 p.m.

In addition to the tax schools, the program offers a separate, two-hour ethics webinar that will broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. The webinar is $25 for school attendees and $50 for non-attendees and is approved by the IRS and the Ohio Accountancy Board for continuing education credit.

Register two weeks prior to the school date and receive the two-day tax school early-bird registration fee of $400. This includes all materials, lunches, and refreshments. The deadline to enroll is 10 business days prior to the date of each school. After the school deadline, the fee increases to $450.

Additionally, the 2022 RIA Federal Tax Handbook is available to purchase by participants for a discounted fee of $50 each. Registration information and the online registration portal can be found online at:

A webinar on Ag Tax Issues will be held Monday, Dec. 13 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

If you are a tax practitioner that represents farmers or rural landowners or are a farmer or farmland owner that prepares your own taxes, this five-hour webinar is for you. It will focus on key topics and new legislation related specifically to those income tax returns.

Registration, which includes the Ag Tax Issues workbook, is $150 if registered at least two weeks prior to the webinar. After November 29, registration is $200. Register by mail or online at https://go.osu.edu/agissues2021.

Participants may contact Ward at 614-688-3959, ward.8@osu.edu or Julie Strawser 614-292-2433, strawser.35@osu.edu for more information.

Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Program

The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Program will begin accepting applications for the 2022 growing season beginning November 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022.  Before applying through ODA’s hemp licensing portal, a letter of support will need to be provided by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University.  Please contact Lori Kaser for additional details if you are interested.

ODA has updated its Hemp Program website with new helpful resources.https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/hemp-program

CFAES resources can be found here.

Lori Kaser, CRA

Office for Research and Graduate Education

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

330-263-3647 Office

kaser.37@osu.edu            research.cfaes.ohio-state.edu

2021 Virtual Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference 

The 2021 Agricultural Policy and Outlook conference will be held virtually over the course of two days, with experts covering issues important to producers, agribusinesses, and elected officials. View the schedule and register below.

Thursday, Nov. 18 (Day One) Schedule

  • (9 a.m. – 10 a.m): Consumers, Shopping, and Local Food: What’s Next?” presented by AEDE Assistant Professor Dr. Zoë Plakias.
  • (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.): “Now Hiring: An Ohio Food & Agricultural Labor Update,” presented by AEDE Assistant Professor Dr. Margaret Jodlowski.
  • (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.): US Trade Policy and Prospects for Agricultural Trade,” presented by AEDE Professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy Dr. Ian Sheldon.

Friday, November 19 (Day Two) Schedule

  • (9 a.m. – 10 a.m): Agricultural Commodity Markets: Trends and Prospects, presented by AEDE Assistant Professor Dr. Seungki Lee.
  • (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.): “Ag Finance Recovery,” presented by Dr. Nathan Kauffman, Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.): “A Conversation about the Next US Farm Bill presented by Assistant Professor Jonathan Coppess, J.D., University of Illinois

Register Here

Livestock News

Cattle News

Seven new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1264 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

After a week off, we cover a lot of territory in this week’s letter . . . from hen houses to weaning, and from the markets to optimizing carcass quality!

Articles this week include:

  • Confessions of a Cattleman; Lessons learned in the chicken house!
  • Maximizing Carcass Value Through Weaning Management and Stress Reduction
  • Does This Fall Market Offer Post-weaning Opportunities?
  • Jack Frost Will Bite Soon – Precautions for Feeding Frosted Forages
  • Grazing Management Minute: Grazing on Reclaimed Ground
  • Record Beef Exports During August
  • USDA October Beef Outlook Report

Sheep News

Winter Grazing: Annual Forages Improve Lamb Growth and Health Parameters

Dr. Brady Campbell, Assistant Professor, State Small Ruminant Extension Specialist Fall is for harvest. Whether directly involved in production agriculture or a consumer of its

Farm Flock Economics

2021 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Program and Registration Announced

Christine Gelley, OSU Extension Educator ANR, Noble County 2021 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Flyer To register directly for the event, please visit: go.osu.edu/ohiosheep The Ohio State

2021 Butler County Home Horticulture Series

Fall Classes for the Home Gardener

Dates & Topics:

  • Tuesday, November 23, 2021:  Homegrown Hops in Your Backyard
    • Brad Bergefurd, Horticulture Specialist, OSU South Centers
  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021:  Moles & Voles Control
    • J.T. Benitez, ANR Educator, OSU Extension, Butler County
  • Monday, December 6, 2021:  Tree Care & Pruning
    • Richard Munson, Retired Botany Professor, Miami University
  • Monday, December 13, 2021:  Universal Design for the Garden, Ohio AgrAbility and  Learning about Sun Safety while working in the Garden
    • Heather Reister, FCS Educator, OSU Extension, Butler County

Cost:  $10 per class (Pay at Door)

Time:  7:00 PM

Location:  OSU Extension, Butler CO. 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011

RSVP up to 1 Day before each session by 4 PM to:  J.T. Benitez, ANR Educator @ (513) 887-3722 or benitez.6@osu.edu

Become a Certified UAV Pilot

Purdue Extension UAV Technology Program

Hosted by Ohio State University Extension, Butler County

FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Test Preparation Course Topics

 FAA Test Preparation
 Flight Instructions
 Camera Settings
 Flight Plans and Record-Keeping
 Data Management
 Image Quality & Troubleshooting
 Sensors & Artificial Intelligence
 Emergency Preparation


Ohio State University Extension

1802 Princeton Rd

Hamilton, OH 45011

Dates & Time

Oct 21, 2021 8:00 am—4:30 pm

Oct 22, 2021 8:00 am—4:30 pm

Cost:  $200 per person


Registration  https://cvent.me/eXVmdw

“Tending Your Woodland” offered by “A DAY in the WOODS” to woodland owners in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on October 8th.

McArthur, OH – Like a garden, your woodland will likely provide more benefits if you give it some attention. “Tending Your Woodland”, an interactive outdoor learning opportunity for woodland owners in SE Ohio, will help you to understand the various practices that you can use to improve your woodlands.   This program is offered on October 8 at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest near McArthur and will include the opportunity to tour numerous field sites demonstrating various practices that have been established since the early 1950’s.   Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore crop tree management (CTM), a technique that can increase the growth rate of trees to produce more wildlife food, timber, and other benefits
  • Learn about Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) and how it can help your woodland become more productive
  • Understand various techniques that can be utilized to enhance oak regeneration in your woodlands.
  • Become aware of the wide array of options available to woodland owners who are contemplating a timber harvest.
  • Know where to get the advice and resources that will help you tend your woodland

“Tending your Woodland” will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur on October 8, 2021, from 9 AM to 3 PM.

A registration fee of $12 per person (payable on the day of the event by cash or check to Vinton SWCD) entitles participants to program materials and a box lunch.  Registration is required.  Please RSVP on or before October 4 by emailing Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu, or by calling Cheri Porter or Dave Runkle at the Vinton SWCD (740-596-5676).

We plan to hold most of this program outdoors in the woods.   We will follow the COVID-19 protocols that are in place at the time.   Please bring a face covering to use when:

  • you are indoors and not fully vaccinated
  • it makes you comfortable

The Vinton Furnace State Forest is in a very remote portion of Vinton County.  Signs will be posted on the morning of the event along the route from both entrances. For a map and directions to help you find the training center at the Vinton Furnace State Forest, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods.

For more information contact Dave Apsley (apsley.1@osu.edu).

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State, and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Forestry Association Foundation and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered nearly 80 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 4,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.


Spotted Lanternfly Information and Workshop

Spotted Lanternfly infestation found in Ohio at 3 different locations. What can you do? SCOUT!


Spotted Lanternfly Workshop:  Monday, November 15, 2021

Commercial Growers Program: 2:30 – 4:30 PM

General Public:  5 – 7 PM


OSU Extension, Butler County

1802 Princeton Road

Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Cost: Free to attend         Flyer

Register at https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vV5sP8K1oQI8jY

Contact information:

Maria Smith (smith.12720@osu.edu) or Amy Stone (stone.91@osu.edu)