Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Five new articles have been posted in this week’s issue:

  • Pregnancy Checking; the Economics and Alternative Methods for Beef Cows
  • Grazing Management Minute: Renovating Winter Feeding Sacrifice Areas
  • Opportunities to Manage Price Risk in 2021
  • Managing Cattle Income Risk with Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Insurance
  • Spring is Here

Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

Southern Ohio Farm Show

In this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, we discuss anhydrous ammonia application with Jed Bower, a National Corn Growers Association Board Member. Richard Purdin also discusses spring forage seeding.
Tune in next week for another new episode!

Southern Ohio Farm Show

This week on the Southern Ohio Farm Show, Pat Brinkman teaches us how to make apple nachos and Gigi Neal teaches us the best practices for growing potatoes. Tune in next week for another new episode!

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The Changing Landscapes Webinar series

The Eastern Region of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar series “Changing Landscapes: Land Use Planning Curriculum.” Five, 45-minute webinars with associated case studies, followed by 15-minute discussions, and a 1-hour open discussion to end the series are planned. This series builds on the 2015 online publication Changing Landscapes: Land Use Planning Curriculum for Natural Resource Professionals and its associated 21 factsheets made available to you in the attached flyer.

Webinar content includes the history of planning, policies that direct planning, essential collaborative and conflict resolution skills, and how regulatory and non-regulatory tools are used in planning.

The training is targeted at anyone interested in the planning process who hopes to become more familiar with its many aspects and uses. It’s meant to improve the skill set of those who are not versed in planning, are interested in how planning tools can be used to protect natural resources, and aspire to encourage green investment when development occurs, rather than after it occurs.

This webinar series was developed by Laurie Brown, Conservation Ecologist, and Becca Pruett, Landscape Designer, Vireo. Vireo is an award-winning, LEED-certified landscape architecture, environmental, and land use planning and design consulting firm based in Kansas City, MO, and Omaha, NE.

The webinar series is free and provides ISA Certified Arborist credits.

Gatherings in the Garden: Tomatoes


Gatherings in the Garden: Tomatoes, 4/10/2021 – 10:00 AM -11:00 AM

Join us on Saturday, April 10th, for the next session in our popular online Gatherings in the Garden educational series!

With this presentation, we continue our theme of vegetable gardening by focusing on the venerable tomato.

The tomato is the most popular garden vegetable crop. It comes in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. All gardeners can be successful in growing tomatoes! This presentation will address the origins of the vegetable and discuss best practices for growing and enjoying tomatoes.

Pat Koch has been a Master Gardener since 2008. Pat is a retired mathematics teacher, having taught at all levels. She also does a great impersonation of Pythagoras! Pat’s gardens included her favorites: irises, roses, redbud trees, and fothergilla! As a Master Gardener Volunteer, Pat is the chairperson for the Speakers Bureau and enjoys working with county residents of all ages, as they learn more about good soil and great plants.

Our Gatherings in the Garden sessions will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays, now through the end of the year, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM.

Master Gardeners will receive one CE for their participation.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Vegetable Series: Container Vegetable Gardening with Christine Harris, 4/24
  • Vegetable Series: Heirloom Vegetables and Flowers with Deb Osgood, 5/8
  • Herbs with Hedy Westra, 5/22
  • Rain Gardens with TBD, 6/12
  • Managing pests in the vegetable garden without chemicals with Don Landek, 6/26


Please follow this link to register:


Note: Registration will close on Friday, April 9th at 4:00 PM to guarantee all paid registrants receive the Zoom link in time for Saturday’s session.

Information on how to connect to the online webinar will be sent to all registrants on Friday, April 9th, after 4:00 PM.

Questions or concerns, contact: mgcc.event@yahoo.com

We invite you to share this with your friends and family.

Programs will be presented by members of the Library Committee and the Speakers’ Bureau.

MGVs will receive one CE for this webinar

Exploring the Diversity of Wonderful Woodland Macrofungi

Registration is open for the Ohio Woodland Stewards program webinar on April 16th – Exploring the Diversity of Wonderful Woodland Macrofungi.  Join OSU Extension’s Curtis Young as we explore the world of woodland macrofungi.  As you walk through the woods there is a variety of fungi that can catch your eye.  Learn more about these sometimes colorful and always unique structures.  Register for this webinar at go.osu.edu/fungi2021


There’s still time….Perennial School

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County presents Virtual Southwest Ohio Perennial School as a four-part series held Thursdays in April (8,15,22 & 29) at 11:00 am.

Registration is now open: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwudu2rqzMrG9Kst3nuVkrG81-fVsJ6foAP

The series is free to attend, but registration is required. You can choose to attend one or more of the following sessions.


April 8  

Filling in the Blanks with Colorful Annuals – Pam Bennett, OSU Extension, Clark County

As a perennial gardener, you know at times, your perennial bed lacks massive color.  In between blooming seasons, while plants are getting established and other times, annuals can offer that extra WOW to your beds.  Learn about low-maintenance annuals that give color all season long in this fast-paced presentation of color that will leave you even more anxious for spring!


April 15  

Bad@$$ Trees for Poor Places – Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Originally titled “Good Trees for Bad Places,” it was determined by a committee of sobriety-challenged but internationally renowned horticulturists that it needed an upgrade. The trees in this talk are the survivors. They laugh at incorrect planting techniques, mulch volcanoes, bad pruning cuts, and other poor maintenance practices. They embrace poor soil, and they spit at drought. Some of the usual suspects but some you probably won’t know. Enjoy this romp through trees so ornery they’ll resist the very worst that nature can hurl at them and be there to shade your children’s children.


April 22  

Spot this – Report It – Amy Stone, OSU Extension, Lucas County

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that should be on everyone’s radar in Ohio. This session will cover basic information that will empower gardeners to do some scouting in their own landscapes for this sap sucking plant hopper. The nymphs have a much wider host range than the adult, and you may just have those plants that you can monitor and help us ‘spot the spot’ before populations build and their activity could be extensive. There will also be a discussion about how this insect is moving and get you thinking about the modes of transportation that might just be the avenue to your garden or community. In addition, cicada, cicada, cicada will be discussed for the 17-year brood emergence this year.


April 29 

Connect the Dots…2021 – Joe Boggs, OSU Extension, Hamilton County

Integrated Pest Management has always been a way to help improve your vegetable and flower gardens, as well as orchards and more. Learn new ideas and practices from this 2021 version for how flowering plant diversity in landscapes reduces the need to use insecticides?

Southern Ohio Farm Show

Avocado deviled eggs and tips for growing potatoes are featured in this week’s Southern Ohio Farm Show. Join Tammy Jones and Gigi Neal for this food-focused episode.
Next week’s show will feature part 2 of Gigi Neal’s presentation on growing your own potatoes.

USDA Announces Pandemic Assistance to Farmers

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week it is establishing new programs and efforts to provide financial assistance to farmers negatively impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new program is called the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers and is intended to reach a broader representation of producers than previous COVID-19 aid programs.  The program will place a greater emphasis on small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesting, as well as support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable fuels.

The USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) includes four parts.  Details below were provided in a news release from USDA.

Read more from Chris Zoller, OSU Extension Educator, Tuscarawas County as he sources information from Farmers.gov and outlines the details.

***Additional farm management information can be found on the Ohio Ag Managers and Farm Office.