OSU Extension to Host “Planning for the Future Your Farm” Workshop

OSU Extension will host a virtual three part “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” workshop on February 15, 22 and March 1, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. This workshop will challenge farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business. 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.

Topics discussed during this series 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 & Strategies; Developing Your Team; Getting Affairs in Order; and Selecting an Attorney

This workshop will be taught by members of the OSU Farm Office Team featuring Peggy Hall & Jeffrey Lewis, Attorneys from OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program and David Marrison, Extension Educator for Coshocton County.

Because of its virtual nature, you can invite your parents, children, and/or grandchildren (regardless of where they live in Ohio or across the United States) to join you as you develop a plan for the future of your family farm.

Pre-registration is required as one packet of program materials will be mailed to participating families. Electronic copies of the course materials will also be available to all participants. The registration fee is $40 per farm family.  The registration deadline is February 10, 2021. More information and on-line registration can be obtained at go.osu.edu/farmsuccession

For more information about this webinar contact David Marrison at the Coshocton County Extension office at 740-622-2265 or by email at marrison.2@osu.edu.

GAPs Training Available

The produce safety team has three online GAPs trainings scheduled this winter, with the first one coming up next Thursday, on January 21st. These programs are free to attend.

You can find more information at producesafety.osu.edu/events. Registration links are available for each event:

GAPs Training Webinar Flyer 1.21

Upcoming Beef and Forage Programming Moves On-line This Winter

Cow/Calf School launches on January 18th

This winter the OSU Beef Team is offering a variety of educational programs online, beginning with Making Hay for Beef Cattle on January 18. In total, nine programs are presently scheduled focusing on everything from feed and forage management to managing the breeding season. These sessions are each being offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Find all the details linked here: https://u.osu.edu/beefteam/2021-beef-school/

Also, the OSU Extension Forage Team is offering a ‘virtual’ edition of Pastures for Profit. This program launches next week on the 13th and will feature one live webinar offered monthly in January, February and March along with “work at your own pace” videos and exercises that accompany each webinar. Find details including registration information here: https://u.osu.edu/beef/2020/12/23/pasture-for-profit-school-goes-virtual-this-winter/

Find a comprehensive listing of currently planned beef and forage related meetings and programs posted on the OSU Extension Beef Team Events/Programs page.


“Farm Office Live” returns virtually this winter as an opportunity for you to get the latest outlook and updates on ag law, farm management, ag economics, farm business analysis and other related issues from faculty and educators with the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Each Farm Office Live will start off with presentations on select ag law and farm management topics from our experts and then we’ll open it up for questions from attendees on other topics of interest.  Viewers can attend “Farm Office Live” online each month on Wednesday evening or Friday morning, or can catch a recording of each program. The full slate of offerings for this winter:

January 13th 7:00 – 8:30 pm

January 15th 10:00 – 11:30 am

February 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm

February 12th 10:00 – 11:30 am

March 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm

March 12th 10:00 – 11:30 am

April 7th 7:00 – 8:30 pm

April 9th 10:00 – 11:30 am

Topics to be addressed this winter include:

New COVID Related Legislation – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

Outlook on Crop Input Costs and Profit Margins

Outlook on Cropland Values and Cash Rents

Outlook on Interest Rates

Tax Issues That May Impact Farm Businesses

Legal trends for 2021

Legislative updates

Farm business management and analysis updates

Farm succession & estate planning updates


Who’s on the Farm Office Team?  Our team features OSU experts ready to help you manage your farm office:

Peggy Kirk Hall — agricultural law

Dianne Shoemaker — farm business analysis and dairy production

David Marrison — farm management

Barry Ward – farm management and tax


Register at  https://go.osu.edu/farmofficelive

We look forward to you joining us this winter!

Upcoming Agronomy Team Programs

The Agronomy Team is offering several programs this winter beginning this week. Attached are a few flyers.

  • The first includes program details for all upcoming Agronomy Team programs offered from Jan 4th – 15th.
  • Flyer with details on our soil health series
  • Precision U Flyer which begins this week with a session on Gambling with Planting Decisions with Aaron Wilson and Bob Nielsen as co-presenters.

You can find details including registration info on each flyer.

We will offer CCA CEUs at each program and all are free to attend. Each program will be recorded and available on our website afterwards, but CCA credit is only available for participants attending the live meetings. If you are looking for more information, our full calendar of events is up on our website here with an article about winter programming here.

Have Farm Bill Questions for your Farm Operation?

If you have questions about the Farm Bill, we have a few opportunities to help you. We do have two webinars scheduled this winter to review ARC/PLC for 2021. Dates of the online programs are January 13, from 1:00-3:00pm, and February 25th, 9:00-11:00am. Programs are free, with registration at www.go.osu.edu/arcplc2021.

2021 ARC.PLC Flyer

2021 Precision U: Tackling Spring Operations with Reduced Working Days

2021 Precision U: Tackling Spring Operations with Reduced Working Days


January 5 – Gambling with Planting Decisions – Dr. Aaron Wilson (Ohio State University Extension) and Dr. Bob Nielsen (Purdue University)

January 12 – Improving Fertilizer Efficiency with the Planter Pass – Matt Bennett (Precision Planting Technology) and Dr. John Fulton (Ohio State University)

January 19 – Pre-season Crop Protection Decisions – Dr. Mark Loux and Dr. Scott Shearer (Ohio State University)

January 26 – Sprayer Technology to Improve Field Performance – Dr. Joe Luck (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)


There is no cost to register for Precision University, but registration is required. CCA CEUs will be offered at each session. For more information or to register, visit http://go.osu.edu/PrecisionU.

In Case You Missed It: Impacts and Opportunities

We want to thank everyone who was able to take time out of their busy December schedule to join us on Friday the 18th for our Greene County Impacts and Opportunities meeting.  We know there was a lot going on in the county today, so we recorded our session and we are now inviting anyone to watch what we presented.

Video: https://osu.box.com/s/6cln46wi0jwdlo3r2lw2jv93zvqkxdyw

Please take a few minutes to look at the questions at the end of the video and use this Qualtrics survey to provide us some feedback: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3De7K9FN7bvG0Pr

We appreciate your time.  We look forward to continuing to do all we can to support and assist our Greene County community members.

Impact and Opportunities Meeting

Invite to Impact and Opportunities

We are inviting the community stakeholders to join us for a meeting via Zoom on Friday, December 18th at 9AM and we are inviting you.

We want to share what programs we have been involved in this year and get some feedback from our stakeholders to see what opportunities are available for us to help the community.

Please join us at 9:00 am by clicking: go.osu.edu/MeetGreeneCounty