2019 Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference – Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2019 Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference. It will be held on February 5, 2019 at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland, Ohio. The deadline to register for this conference is February 1, 2019 at 12:00 Noon. No walk-ins are permitted. Registration is limited to 75 people, so register early to avoid being shut out.

This is the conference to attend for Southern Ohio specialty crop growers. Fifteen different class options on fruit and vegetable production are available at this conference. Your registration includes a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. All attendees will receive a USB memory stick with copies of every available presentation to take home, so even if you don’t attend the session, you’ll still get the information. Private pesticide and fertilizer re-certification credits will be available for categories 3, 5, core and fertilizer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and share information with other growers.

The Oasis Conference Center is conveniently located about 5 miles off of I-275 on the northeast corner of Cincinnati.

For more information about the schedule and to register for the conference, go to the conference website at http://go.osu.edu/swohfvsc.

Sheep/Goat Team Newsletter

Listeriosis Control and Prevention

Michael Metzger, Michigan State University Extension Educator (Previously published on MSU Extension, Sheep & Goat: November 28,2018) Listeriosis is a disease that can affect all Read more…

Sheep Care: Management Practices (Identification, Docking, and Castration)

Helpful tips on how properly mange your flock in preparation for the upcoming lambing season. Remember, be sure that you have all of the necessary Read more…

Pregnancy Toxemia (a.k.a. Ketosis)

Susan Kerr, WSU NW Regional Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist (Previously published on Oregon State University Small Farms page) Pregnancy Ketosis New producers of small Read more…

Greene Co. Beef Quality Assurance Certification – February 2, 2019

Join OSU Extension Greene County on February 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. for a Beef Quality Assurance Certification at the office on the fairgrounds. Beef and dairy

farmers as well as 4-H & FFA members who show or sell these projects should strongly consider becoming certified.

In 2019, some of America’s largest meat distributers will only buy beef that is from BQA Certified producers. This certification is not mandated by law. However, it is being required by some of the links that make up the beef supply chain, including auction barns, feed lots, packers, retailers, and consumers. Essentially, marketing beef without BQA certification will become increasingly difficult and those who do so successfully may find their compensation inadequate.

The February 2, Greene County training will certify participants for three years. This opportunity is for any beef or dairy cattle producer in Greene County or surrounding area at $10 per person to cover educational materials. Additionally, Greene County 4-H and FFA members exhibiting beef or dairy market animals are strongly encouraged to attend for no charge. This will also cover their annual requirement for Quality Assurance for 2019. Special thank you to Greene County Cattlemen’s for providing lunch for the program.

Also, a session for the annual Quality Assurance for 4-H and FFA members will be held on February 2 starting at 10 a.m. at the OSU Extension office. This is for anyone showing livestock market projects at Fair that require Quality Assurance annually. Additional opportunities to complete annual Quality Assurance for youth will be on March 25 at 10 a.m., March 27 at 6 p.m., and May 8 during a Goat Clinic. More details on these additional opportunities are forthcoming.

Visit greene.osu.edu to more details and to register for these upcoming programs. Questions on Beef Quality Assurance can be directed to OSU Extension Greene County, Trevor Corboy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator at 937-372-9971 ext. 114 or corboy.3@osu.edu. Further, annual 4-H & FFA youth Quality Assurance questions may be directed to 4-H Youth Development Educator, Rebecca Supinger at supinger.5@osu.edu.

BYGL Weekly News for December 10, 2018

BYGL Weekly News for December 10, 2018


The following articles were compiled during the last 7 days by members of the Extension, Nursery, Landscape, Turf (ENLT) team to benefit those who are managing a commercial nursery, garden center, or landscape business or someone who just wants to keep their yard looking good all summer.  Access the BYGL website for additional information on other seasonal topics at: http://bygl.osu.edu


For more pictures and information, click on the article titles.  To contact the authors, click on their names.



You’re a Mean One… Mr. Recluse?

Authors Ashley Kulhanek

Published on December 4, 2018



It’s the holiday season (the holiday season…) and many are digging in attics and basements for decorations and bows, stored sweaters, coats and yes… SNOW boots.  Inevitably, Extension offices receive calls about the unfortunate spider (or stink bug) that was found, dead or alive, while sifting through packages, boxes or bags that haven’t seen the light of day for a year.  The question is, “Is it a brown recluse?”


Remember that there are many different spiders that may come to inhabit our homes at one point or another, and cooler temperatures often facilitate home invasions from multiple insects and spiders alike. This includes some recluse look-alike spiders such as wolf spiders, funnel weaver spiders, and barn spiders.  These home invaders often make their way indoors for shelter, protection from the weather, or in search of food.  They are actually beneficial, providing pest control of other insects or arthropods you would rather not have, inside or out.  So, keeping them around is usually encouraged!


Brown recluse spiders (Loxosceles reclusa) are not known to survive winter outdoors in Ohio, but they do survive well indoors and can be dispersed through movement of furniture or household goods to areas outside their generally considered “range”.  Brown recluse spiders are secretive in nature.  As with many spiders, any undisturbed dark area could be a habitable space for them to hide out.  They, as with many other spider species, could inhabit garages, attics, basements and crawl spaces, behind wall voids, and hollow spaces.  Shed skins and egg sacs may be found near joists and tight protective spaces or under clutter, insulation, stored undisturbed boxes and stored clothing.  So when we run across any spider or critter that falls out of that artificial tree we just hauled upstairs, we often assume the worst.


They are named recluse for their shy and timid behavior.  People who come into contact with the poor creatures usually do so by stepping into a shoe or tossing on a stored item of clothing that has long sat and hasn’t been washed or shook out for a long time.  In the face of the impending SQUISH, the spiders must lash out and bite as their only last defense.  And this is how many spider bites have happened, regardless of species.  Most arthropods only bite or sting in defense during accidental crushing or agitation.


The identifying character most cited for Brown Recluse is the “violin” or “fiddle” shape on its back (cephalothorax).  This description is actually a little subjective and sometime people mistake stripes or other patterns as the so-called fiddle.  A better key to identifying the brown recluse is its eyes.  Brown recluse have only 6 small eyes arranged in three pairs on the head.  With legs extended they are about the size of a quarter.  They are tan to brown in color and appear semi-hairless though they do have short sparse hairs.


Here in Medina County, we have not had any confirmed samples brought into the Extension Office this season, which his not to say they could never be found.  But, in Richard Bradley’s “In Ohio’s Backyard: Spiders” he states, “This infamous family is represented by two RARE species in Ohio.”  But that’s not always the case for some of Ohio’s more southern counties.


General precautions for any home spiders concerns:

– Reduce clutter that serves as dark hiding places in basements, garages, and homes.

– Use gloves and wear long sleeves when unpacking boxes from storage.

– Be vigilant of what you are doing and where you are stepping in unfrequented spaces.  Use a bright flashlight to inspect dark corners you may be rustling around in if concerned about the presence of spiders.


For More Information, Check Out These Resources

Bradley, R. 2004. In Ohio’s Backyard: Spiders. Ohio Biological Survey.

Jacobs, S. 2015. Brown Recluse Spiders Factsheet.  Penn State Universityhttp://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-recluse-spiders

Potter, M. 2018. Brown Recluse Spider Factsheet.  University of Kentucky.  https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/files/ef631.pdf


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2019 Commercial Applicator Recertification Conferences

Authors Jennifer Andon  Chrissy Kaminski

Published on December 3, 2018



  • Five hoursof recertification credits in one day!
  • Core credit available multiple times.
  • Fertilizer Recertification will be offered at Dayton, Sandusky and Columbus conferences.
  • All Categories will be offered.

Interstate reciprocity will be offered for the following states:  Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia.  Additionally, ISA and CCA credits will be offered for approved classes.

Exams will be offered at all four locations beginning at 10:30 am, for all categories.  Walk-in seats will be available. Please register for the exam by calling the Ohio Department of Agriculture at:  614-728-6978, or registering on-line at agri.ohio.gov.


2019 Commercial Recertification Conferences


January 9 (Wednesday)
Dayton Convention Center
Dayton, Ohio
February 22 (Friday)
Kalahari Conference Center
Sandusky, Ohio
January 15 (Tuesday)  
John S. Knight Center
Akron, Ohio
February 26 (Tuesday) 
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio 

For Conference Questions, please go to pested.osu.edu or call OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program at 614-292-4070.

For Registration Questions, please call Walcom Registration Services at 740-524-4123

More Information



Join Greene County 4-H

Greene County 4-H inspires kids to do in the local community! Enrollment is now open to join in on the action taking, skills making, friendship making fun.

The updated 2019 Family Guide is available at ohio4h.org or stop by the office and pick it up!  Please let us know if you have any questions.  Enrollment deadline for 2019 is March 1 by going to oh.4honline.com

Have an interest in joining, but don’t know where to start? Visit http://go.osu.edu/greeneco4Hinterest or just send us a private message.  We would love to help you find a good club for you and your family.

Grape & Wine Analysis Workshop – South Centers

Ohio State University South Centers is hosting a Grape & Wine Analysis Workshop on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and a lunch is included. Anyone wishing to attend will need to pre-register no later than Friday, December 14, 2018. Call Bradford Sherman at 740-289-2071 ext. 115 or email him at sherman.1473@osu.edu with your registration details, including any dietary restrictions.

For even more information, consult the attached flyer and read the article on the website here: https://southcenters.osu.edu/grape-and-wine-analysis-workshop-coming-south-centers-in-december


Sheep Team Newsletter

2019 Lambing & Kidding School

Tim Barnes, OSU Extension Educator ANR, Marion County A Lambing & Kidding School will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. at Read more…

Recap: 2018 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

Brady Campbell, Program Coordinator, OSU Sheep Team During this past weekend, shepherds from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia gathered for the annual Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Read more…

Infectious Causes of Abortion in Ewes

Susan Schoenian, Sheep & Goat Specialist, University of Maryland Small Ruminant Extension Program (Previously published on the Maryland Small Ruminant Page) There are many thingsRead more…

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Dear Ohio BEEF Cattle letter subscribers,

Four new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1118 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

Whatever happened to the confidence we once had in knowing one extreme would follow another? After experiencing record rainfall in 2018, no one’s looking for the next extreme, but a little moderation is certainly in order. This week we take a closer look at dealing with the mud that’s resulted from the extreme wet we’ve enjoyed since February!

Articles this week include:

  • Managing in Mud
  • Cause and Effect
  • Weekly Livestock Comments for November 30, 2018
  • Mexico’s Impact on Cattle on Feed Placements

Ag Safety STAT

Ag Safety STAT December 2018

Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today is an electronic newsletter prepared by team members from the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Office. The goal is to provide seasonal safety news and activities that may be re-published in your own newsletters or programs. If you have safety-related questions or program ideas that you would like to share, please contact Dee Jepsen at jepsen.4@osu.edu
For a printable version please click here.


Grain C.A.R.T. Scheduling

Agricultural rescue training and education are an integral part to protecting our work force of families tied to agriculture in Ohio. The Grain C.A.R.T. (Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer) was designed and built to do that twofold.

Safety and Health Topics for your Winter Programs

Please consider safety for your late winter and early spring producer meetings – or county Farm Bureau sponsored Workers Compensation group rating programs – our staff will work with you to design a safety program specifically for your audience.

Safety Resource Spotlight

National Fire Protection Association

Put A Freeze on Winter Fires – The NFPA’s campaign to address seasonal fires with educational resources can be found athttps://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Put-A-Free….

Ohio AgrAbility

Ohio AgrAbility in Action: These are a few of our Farmers favorite things

Laura Akgerman – Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility: If you are trying to decide what gift to give (or ask for) this holiday season, consider this list of a few of our farmers favorite things. While our Ohio AgrAbility farmers often have specialized or adapted Assistive Technology, they also use tools and equipment that are designed for ease of use for people of all abilities.

Injury Prevention

Preventing Slips and Falls during Icy Conditions

Kent McGuire – OSU Ag Safety and Health Program Coordinator: When the temperature drops, ice can become a severe problem when working outdoors.  On the farm, water troughs ice over, barn doors freeze shut, and ice glazes over travel paths or equipment stored outside.

Carbon Monoxide, Silent but Deadly

Lisa Pfeifer – OSU Ag Safety and Health Education Coordinator: Winter is a time when fuel-burning devices are at peak utilization, along with that come the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can cause sudden illness and death.