Backyard Poultry Certificate Course

Backyard Poultry Marketing Flyer To access the course head to: 

For a variety of reasons, there is an increase in interest in keeping backyard poultry. Backyard flocks provide the opportunity for people in rural and urban areas alike to produce tasty eggs and meat for personal and family food security. You might want egg layers. You might want to raise meat birds for a harvest in your freezer. You might even have a youth interested in raising chickens for their 4-H or FFA project, as these lower maintenance livestock can be kept in a fraction of the space for a fraction of the cost when compared to other species.

Whatever your reason for raising poultry, this course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and resources you will need to get your backyard flock off to a great start.

This self-paced course is expected to take 2-3 hours to complete and includes the following 6 modules:

  • Getting Started
  • Brooding, Basic Husbandry & Nutrition
  • Housing
  • Egg Production
  • Maximizing Health
  • Biosecurity

OSU Extension Greene County On-farm Research Meeting

Would you like to answer your questions and get involved with local on-farm research? Have ideas and suggestions to share?
Join us in this informal meeting where we will discuss ideas and projects for local on-farm research in Greene County!

Date: Monday, March 18, 2024

Time: 6 PM

Address: 100 Fairgrounds Rd, Xenia, OH 45385

No registration is required. Contact Marina Miquilini at or 937-736-7205 for details.

OSU Extension On farm research in Greene


Ohio Cropland Values and Rents Survey 2023-2024

Please, help us filling the Ohio Cropland Values and Rents Survey 2023-2024. Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Short Survey 2024 (1)

You can bring the hard copy to the extension office, or there is also an online survey option at:

You can also access the online survey through this QR code:

Ohio Farmland Leasing Update

Providing economic and legal updates on Ohio farmland leasing issues and needs.

DATE: March 1, 2024
TIME: 10:00 a.m. -Noon
Via ZOOM Webinar

To register, visit 

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Cash Rent Outlook –Key Issues and Survey Data
  • Negotiating Capital Improvements on Leased Farmland
  • Dealing with Conservation Practices in a Farmland Lease
  • Executing and Recording Farm Leases
  • New Farmland Leasing Resources


  • Barry Ward, Leader, OSU Production Business Management
  • Peggy Hall, Attorney, OSU Ag & Resource Law Program
  • Robert Moore, Attorney, OSU Ag & Resource Law Program

Farmland Leasing Update Webinar 2024


Planning for the Future of Your Farm

The OSU Extension office in Warren county invites you to participate in a “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” workshop on April 4, 2024. This workshop is designed to help farm families learn strategies and tools to successfully create a succession and estate plan that helps you transfer your farm’s ownership, management, and assets to the next generation. Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm. This workshop will be held at the Warren County Fairgrounds in the Welcome Hall located at 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon OH 45036.

Workshop topics include: Developing Goals for Estate and Succession; Planning for the Transition of Control; Planning for the Unexpected; Communication and Conflict Management during Farm Transfer; Legal Tools and Strategies; Developing Your Team; Getting Your Affairs in Order; and Selecting an Attorney.

The base $85 registration fee allows 2 members from the family to attend and includes lunch, refreshments, and 1 set of course materials. Additional family members can attend for $25 per person. Additional materials can be purchased for a fee. More information can be obtained by contacting Greg Meyer at or by phone at (513)695-1311 or at 

Warren County_Farm Transition Workshop_April 2024

2024 Test your well event

Test your well water on March 19th from 5 to 7 pm at the OSU Extension office in Greene County (100 Fairground Rd, Xenia, OH).

See the flyer with details here: Test your well event 2024

Bring in a sample of your well water to test for:
• Nitrite/Nitrate and Total Iron – FREE, and/or
• Metals testing (copper arsenic manganese and lead) – $20, and/or
• Total coliforms/bacteria testing – $40.

To collect your well water sample properly:
• Use a clean container (empty plastic bottle) that can be sealed and holds at least 1 liter of water
• Fill your container with the first draw of water in the morning (or after 6 hours of non-use)
• Refrigerate the sample until your appointment time.

Payment by cash or check at the event. Registration is required – LIMITED SPOTS.
Your results take approximately 30 minutes. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Register by March 12th:

Contact information: Marina Miquilini at 937-372-9971 and Grace Smith at 937-416-3768.

2024 CFAES Farm Bill Summit

Ever wondered how the Farm Bill affects our food and agricultural landscape? The Farm Bill, a substantial legislative package passed by the federal government every few years, impacts how funds are allocated for various crucial aspects of agriculture, nutrition, conservation efforts, natural resource protection, and support systems across the nation. To delve deeper into this vital legislation and its implications, we invite you to join us at our upcoming event, the 2024 CFAES Farm Bill Summit, on February 23 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at the Fawcett Center. Engage in discussions led by CFAES and industry experts, unravel the complexities, and understand how this bill shapes the future of farming and related industries. This summit offers a unique opportunity to gain insights, network with others in the industry, and comprehend the far-reaching impact of the Farm Bill on our agricultural ecosystem. Learn More and Register: 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Announcement

The Ohio Department of Agriculture and The Ohio State University Extension Office Butler County are announcing a Produce Safety Alliance (FSMA) Grower Training on 3/26/2024 starting at 9AM at the Butler County OSU Extension Office conference room, 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, OH 45011. There is no cost for Ohio produce growers.

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant you can expected to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training course and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

To register for a course, contact Matt Fout at (614)600-4272.