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



“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, 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

For more information contact Dave Apsley (

“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.


3rd Annual Tree Survival School

Thursday, October 21st 2021   10:00am – 3:30pm

Little Hocking Riverfront Park
Baker Road one mile north of Rt. 7 on State Route 555, Little Hocking, Ohio

If you purchase, plant, or care for trees, Tree Survival School is for you. Participants will gain knowledge and hands-on experience in how to grow a tree for the long term. The course is divided between classroom and hands-on outdoor learning experiences. Landscapers, arborists, tree commission members, cemetery workers, professional groundskeepers, school groundskeepers, and homeowners will find this workshop beneficial and worthwhile. Please dress for the weather and bring gloves.

The cost is $35 which includes snacks, lunch, and educational handouts

10:00 – 11:00: 101 Ways to Kill a Tree – Ed Brown, OSU Extension
11:00 – 12:00 Managing Wildlife and Deer in the Landscape – Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension
12:00 – 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 – 3:30 Hands-on Demonstration and Educational Stations

• Station 1: Mulching Trees Dos and Don’ts – Hannah Swope, Washington County SWCD
• Station 2: How to Make Tree Cages – Marcus McCartney, OSU Extension
• Station 3: Proper Tree Planting – Ann Bonner, ODNR
• Station 4: Birds of Belpre Township – Mike Wren, Athens Bird Club

ISA CEUs will be awarded

For more information contact: Ann Bonner at 740-589-9910 or Marcus McCartney 740-376-7431

Master Gardener Volunteer Demonstration Garden Update

Susan Grodecki, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of September 16

The Demo Garden was full of activity Tuesday. The flowers look beautiful in both the Demo and Sensory Gardens with many pollinators buzzing about. The tomatoes seemed to be ripening on the vine in front of my eyes and I harvested them (10#) along with green beans (.45oz), thyme (1.6oz), and parsley (4.3oz). There are still many more tomatoes, as well as blooms on the plants. They definitely love the straw bales and that location.

Between the wind, the hot sun, and the high temperature, the plants were quite dry. The water was on out by the bales, though it did not appear to be by the Sensory Garden. The Sensory Garden looks fantastic and the plants have really filled in the space nicely.  (photos 1-6)

Wednesday it rained so I didn’t visit the Demo Garden, and when I returned Thursday the rain gauge indicated almost 2” of rain had fallen and no watering was necessary..

As pictured, there are also peppers of all varieties that are on the plants, and I picked each type Thursday; though there are quite a few green peppers that were not yet ready to pick. Many of the seeds are ready to harvest … sunflower, chives, zinnia, and dill are ready, and basil will be very soon.

Thursday’s harvest and a copy of my journal entries are pictured in photos 8 & 9 below.

Barbara, you may want to bring a bag to collect the harvest. There are many cherry (grape?) tomatoes that are continuing to ripen and I found they can be quite elusive if you try to hold them in your hands along with the rest of the items. I also had pruners in my car and found them to be helpful for the herbs.

Barbara Mustoe-Monteith, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of September 18

There was 2″ of rain in the rain gauge, but some bales still seemed dry, so I watered. Harvested 3 pounds of tomatoes and 8 ounces of green beans. It was 82 degrees and sunny on Saturday, September 18. Watered the entire garden thoroughly. No harvest today, but should be ready for some more producing tomorrow.

Bill Dolle, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of September 23

Cardinal Flower is evidence that flowers are still blooming in the Sensory Garden.  The straw bale garden is also still producing, but the produce is not as pretty as earlier in the summer.  There are still green beans, green peppers (pictured), jalapeno peppers, one cucumber, several different herbs, and tomatoes.  Red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes (all pictured), and 3 lbs. of cherry tomatoes (not including the split ones I ate).  Also spotted a Monarch Butterfly passing through on its way toward Mexico.

Susan Givler, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of October 2

The cherry tomatoes just don’t stop producing along with the beans and peppers.  One surprise this week was the discovery of carrots among the tomatoes- a nice companion vegetable. This is all happening in the straw bales, but I would like to put some focus on the container garden.

There were two potatoes popping their heads out in one container, after more digging 15 nice-sized potatoes were harvested -total weight was over 4 pounds.  With further investigation, the rosemary and lemon thyme was overwhelming their pots. Hopefully, these can winter over.  The sage also looks healthy. All vegetables were donated to Owensville Commons senior apartment complex.

Daffodils, irises, and rose of Sharon bushes were planted in the sensory garden near the 4-H hall. A watchful eye will be kept on the weather and the threat of frost as we will need to harvest all vegetables and break down the bales and prepare all gardens for winter. We will continue to gather flower seeds.


Join Farm Office Live from OSU’s Farm Science Review on September 23

Farm Science Review is back!  OSU’s Farm Office Team will be there, and we’ll broadcast the next Farm Office Live from our farm office at the Review.  We can’t promise we’ll be able to ignore biscuits and gravy, pork tenderloins, Bahama mamas, or milkshakes during Farm Office Live, but we can promise you updates on recent developments in the world of farm management and agricultural law. 

The broadcast will be on Thursday, September 23 beginning at 10 a.m.  Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • Carbon market programs and carbon agreements
  •  Legislative update
  • 2022 crop budgets
  • 2020 Farm Business Analysis program results from crop farms
  • Ohio cash rental rates
  • Dairy Market Volatility Assistance Program
  • Highlights of FSR and upcoming programs

Who’s on the Farm Office Live Team? OSU experts are ready to help farmers, landowners and agribusiness professionals navigate the issues we all deal with in the farm office.  Our team includes:

  • Peggy Kirk Hall – Agricultural Law
  • David Marrison – Farm Management
  • Dianne Shoemaker – Farm Business Analysis and Dairy Production
  • Barry Ward – Farm Management and Tax
To learn more and register for Farm Office Live, visit  Recordings of our previous Farm Office Live webinars are also available at that site.

Demonstration Garden Update

Reported by Carol Stephenson, OSU Extension Clermont County, Master Gardener Volunteer – September 1, 2021


I had a lovely evening working in the gardens, and thought I’d show some of my critter pictures!  Lots of pollinators despite the strong breeze and some curious geese came over briefly to see what I was doing, then retreated to

the infield area.   Lots of tomatoes still forming, and I think there will

soon be many hot peppers– I react to things like that, even to touch, so I won’t pick them, so if someone else loves and knows them, feel free!  I left what I gathered in the kitchen tonight.  If I can figure out how to share my slow-motion video of some of the pollinators I’ll share those later.  I am fairly sure the cat is a swallowtail larva– cool!  The others were various kinds of “skippers”, some waspy types, and lots of bumblebees.  No European honeybees were seen at all which surprised me as I know there are beekeepers in the area.

Reported by Johanna Goode, OSU Extension Clermont County, Master Gardener Volunteer – September 11, 2021

I was at the garden in the morning to the early afternoon this week and the temp ranged from 61-74 degrees, so it is definitely getting colder at night. There was no significant rainfall. I weed-whacked and it made many of the beds more accessible. There is a new hose. It is WAY better than the old one but there is a little spray where the nozzle is, so expect to get a little wet.

I saw a couple of stink bugs Carol mentioned, Bees and Monarch Butterfly on zinnia, and Swallowtail Caterpillar on dill.

Many plants are on their way out. Tomatoes, peppers, and beans will still be ready for harvest this week. Dill, chives, and zinnia seeds can be collected soon. I took some dill and zinnia into Gigi, but not many. This week Susan and I harvested 8 lbs 4 oz of potatoes and 2 oz of onions. I also harvested 8 lbs 9 oz of tomatoes, 1 lb of purple and green beans, 2lbs 7 oz of assorted peppers, and 6 lbs of horseradish.

When I was watering the Sensory Garden this morning I noticed that multiple people had pulled their cars right into the garden. So, next year we might want to put up some kind of rope or visual barrier.

Kitchen Table Conversations 2021

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, lunch, or snack and join us from your “kitchen table” to engage in conversations “virtually” on September 21, 22, and 23, 2021 for “Kitchen Table Conversations” hosted by the Ohio Women in Agriculture of Ohio State University Extension. Conversations and discussions on “hot topics” in the agricultural world related to health, marketing, finance, legal, and production for women in agriculture.

These sessions are offered during the Farm Science Review daily from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM via ZOOM. Registration is required to participate.

Register @



9|21 Raising Livestock on Five Acres or Less

So you have some land and you want some extra income or a supply of food for your family.  This session will investigate all of your options and possibilities.

Sandy Smith, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Carrol County

9|22 Farm Stress and Mental Health

It can be hard to have a conversation about our mental health, but it is just as important as acknowledging our physical health. When we live where we work stress can sometimes get the better of us. Sitting together as a family around the kitchen table fosters an environment to have tough conversations. During this session, we will have a conversation about the importance of addressing mental health concerns, how to bridge the difficult topics, and the resources that are available to you and your family.

Bridget Britton MSW, LSW….Behavioral Health Field Specialist ANR


9\23 On-Farm Research Opportunities

On-farm research can provide valuable local data to inform decision-making and help you understand the ROI of practices and technologies on your farm. The OSU eFields program fosters partnerships between Ohio farmers, industry, and OSU researchers. Learn about recent research trials conducted across the state and how to become involved in the program.

Elizabeth Hawkins, Ph.D…Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems, Assistant Professor

MGV Demonstration Garden Update 9.5.2021

Update provided by Carol Pelfry, Clermont County Master Gardener Volunteer

I brought the weed wacker to cut weeds down around the bale garden, but it was too wet.  It wouldn’t cut.

The garden is beginning to look pretty straggly.  You can definitely tell fall is coming.

As we have already discussed, we definitely need to put the bales further apart next year and use fewer plants per bale, although it is kind of fun to dig around in the plants to see what is hiding.

Harvested a few herbs for the girls to use in their cooking.

Here’s today’s harvest.

Beans – 1 pound

Tomatoes – 4 pounds

Peppers – 1-1/4 pounds

Herbs – 2 ounces

(The beans I picked for our dinner weighed 5.8 pounds)



Even though beans were small, I picked them anyway because they are getting really buggy.






Found these guys on the sunflowers – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug 

“The insect has a broad range of plants that it feeds on, and so it’s definitely a pest of agricultural and horticultural crops,”

They are a pretty cool-looking bug.

Not much activity in the garden.  Everything is pretty wet from the rain.  No bees out.








Scarlet runners are blooming and are so colorful.


Horseradish looks healthy.  May be ready to dig roots.

Monarch in the Sensory Garden.