Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshops

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Each year, OSU Extension holds “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” workshops as a webinar and in different locations across Ohio.  This workshop challenges farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business.  Learn how to have crucial conversations about the future of your farm and the strategies and tools than can help you transfer your farm’s ownership, management, and assets to the next generation. Teaching faculty for the workshop are David Marrison, OSU Extension Farm Management Field Specialist and Robert Moore, Attorney with the OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program.


Attend the workshop from the comfort of your home on February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2024 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Pre-registration is required so that a packet of program materials can be mailed in advance to participating families. Electronic copies of the course materials will also be available to all participants. The registration fee is $75 per farm family.  Register by January 22, 2024 in order to receive course material in time.

Click here for program flyer.


During the fall of 2023 and winter of 2024, the following locations will be hosting an in-person Planning for the Future of Your Farm workshop. Follow these links to learn more about these programs:

Southern State Community College – Mt. Orab Campus: November 29, 2023 (Brown County)

Celina, Ohio: December 7, 2023 (Mercer County)

Lisbon, Ohio:  January 19, 2024 (Columbiana County)

Urbana, Ohio: January 26, 2024 (Champaign County)

Tiffin, Ohio: February 2, 2024 (Seneca County)


For more information about these programs, contact David Marrison at 740-722-6073 or by email at

Grain Market Update

OSU Extension invites Ohio corn and soybean producers to grab a cup of coffee this friday morning, September 15,  and tune in for Coffee and Grain Marketing with Dr. Seungki Lee from 7:30 to 8:00 via Zoom. The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) crop reports was released this week. Tune in to see what this month’s report might mean for producers and their marketing strategies as we enter in to harvest season.

Learn more about the factors impacting the corn, soybean, and wheat markets. Producers are encouraged to bring their questions to this early morning conversation.

There is no fee to attend any of these webinar sessions.

Pre-register at:

Click here for registration flyer

The sponsors of this event include: OSU Extension, the  Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Financial Management & Policy Institute (FFMPI), and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE)

Sudden Death Syndrome of Soybean in Ohio

Source: Crop Observation and Recommendation Network 

We are finding fields in Ohio affected by sudden death syndrome (SDS). These symptoms are showing up earlier than normal. SDS is caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium virguliforme. This species is the most prevalent in the region, however, other Fusarium species can cause SDS.

With support and funding from Ohio Soybean Council, we will process soybean plants with SDS symptoms from fields in Ohio to: 1) Determine the species and genetic diversity of Fusarium associated with SDS in Ohio, and 2) Determine the fungicide sensitivity of isolates in the culture collection. To successfully achieve these goals, we need your help. 

If you are seeing SDS symptoms, we encourage you to submit a sample to the Soybean Pathology and Nematology Laboratory in the Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University in Columbus (read more HERE). If it is SDS, we want to determine what Fusarium species is the causal agent. To submit samples, dig out three to five symptomatic plants (including roots), placed them in a plastic bag, complete the SDS submission form, and submit them to our lab. Do not hesitate to contact your extension educator or us if you have any questions. Read more about SDS and other mid-season diseases of soybean HERE.

Mail your samples to:

OSU Soybean Pathology and Nematology Lab 
Attn: Horacio Lopez-Nicora, Ph.D.
110 Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Watch out for yellow-legged hornet

The yellow-legged hornet – a fierce pollinator predator – was recently confirmed in Georgia. This is the first sighting of the hornet (Vespa velutina) in the United States.
While it has not been seen in Ohio, we ask the public to be our eyes and ears across the state for them.
How can you ID this particular hornet? It has yellow coloration on the fourth abdominal segment and bright yellow on the bottom half of the legs.
Report suspected yellow-legged hornet sightings to ODA through this portal —
To view the Geogia Department of Agriculture’s release on the confirmed identification, visit —
Photo source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

Forages for Horses Course

Beginning August 30, 2023, Ohio State University Extension will be offering Forages for Horses- a virtual course for equine managers. The course will utilize a combination of live webinars on Zoom with equine and forage experts, along with an in-depth online course accessed through the platform Scarlet Canvas. The Forages for Horses program is a collaboration between Ohio State University Extension, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council.
Each webinar will be offered live on Zoom at 7 P.M. and feature presentations in a 60-minute span. Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions in real-time. Once registered, attendees will be granted access to the full online course including the live-webinars, webinar recordings, and complementary resources, which includes a digital copy of the full class manual. Participants that attend all four webinars will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion.

The webinar schedule and topics are as follows.
• Wednesday, August 30th- Hay Day
• Wednesday, September 13th- Maximizing Pasture
• Wednesday, September 27th- Grazing for Health-Pasture Myth Busters
• Wednesday, October 11th- Heavy Stocking Rates & Associated Issues
“Straight from the Horse’s Mouth” a Q&A session with experts will follow each webinar until 8:30 PM.

The Forages for Horses course utilizes Scarlet Canvas (which is OSU’s platform for online learning) to house additional videos, presentations, articles, and digital access to the traditional course manual. For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Cost of the course is $75. Registration includes access to all online content through August 30, 2024. Current and new members of the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council are eligible for a $15 discount on registration. You may still register after the live webinars have occurred.

Register for the course by visiting

Questions about the course or the OFGC member discount code can be directed to Christine Gelley of Noble County OSU Extension at

Environmental Concerns and Surface Water Quality 5-minute Form

The Ohio River Foundation is working on a plan to improve the health of the Massies Creek and North Fork of Massies Creek watersheds. This 5-minute form was made for them to reach the Greene County community and learn about the environmental issues facing our rivers, streams, and wetlands, particularly in agricultural areas. Your feedback is critical to understanding the health of Greene County waterways so that together we can work to improve our local surface water quality!

Click here to fill out the form. If you or someone you know is interested in implementing fully funded erosion or flood control measures on agricultural land please contact Marina Miquilini at, which will direct you to an Ohio River Foundation contact able to work with you on it.