USDA offers in-person training sessions about new Controlled Environment Crop Insurance

Is the new Controlled Environment crop insurance right for you? Find out with USDA’s Risk Management Agency.

The USDA is introducing a new Federal Crop Insurance program designed to provide greenhouse growers an opportunity to insure against losses due to destruction orders based on detection of plant disease vectors. USDA is hosting an in-person public session on OCT. 12 in HUDSONVILLE, MICH., to introduce the program and answer any questions you may have. Learn more and see the schedule of the session’s exact time and location. Learn More

Coffee and Grain Marketing with Dr. Seungki Lee

Join Us On:
September 15 & November 17
7:30 to 8:00 a.m.
via Zoom

Grab a cup of coffee and join OSU Extension’s conversation with Dr. Seungki Lee as he examines the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) crop reports each quarter in 2023. 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:

EVENT SPONSORS: OSU Extension, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Financial Management & Policy Institute (FFMPI), and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE)

Kitchen Table Conversations at Farm Science Review

Visit our progressive “Kitchen Table Conversations” hosted by the OSU Ohio Women in Agriculture Learning Network. These conversations will be held during the Farm Science Review on September 19-21, 2023 located at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, OH.

2023 Kitchen Table Conversations

Order tickets early for $10. Check with your local county for tickets or registration link. Tickets purchased through the county help support the county ANR program. Tickets at the gate are $15.


Livestock News

Beef Cattle

Six new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1360 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:

The BQA Program was initiated in 1987 to provide cattle farmers and ranchers with the guidelines and training necessary to ensure animal health and well-being as well as provide safe, quality beef. With BQA concepts estimated to be influencing more than 90% of U.S. cattle, this week Garth Ruff details the progress that’s been made since the last BQA audit.

Articles this week include:

    • National Beef Quality Audit – The Report Card on US Beef Quality
    • Use the proper syringe and needle when vaccinating cattle
    • Grazing Cattle; To offer shade, or not?
    • Plan Now for Tenth Annual OCA Replacement Female Sale
    • Beef Cow and Heifer Slaughter Still High by Historical Standards
    • Weekly Livestock Comments for September 1, 2023

Pawpaw Day at the 2023 Farm Science Review on September 19th!

Authors: Carrie Brown

Pawpaw Day at the 2023 Farm Science Review on September 19!

On Tuesday, September 19, The Gwynne Conservation area is teaming up with the North American Pawpaw Growers Association to bring you a fun-filled day packed with pawpaw talks, walks, demos, and tastings! Events run throughout the day, 10:30am-3:00pm, and will be located at the Gwynne Conservation Area at Farm Science Review.

Are you familiar with Farm Science Review and the Gwynne Conservation Area? The Gwynne is a 67-acre conservation area where conservation demos, talks, displays, and tours are held during Farm Science Review, September 19-21, in London, Ohio. Featuring a pond, wetland, tallgrass prairie, stream, pawpaw orchard, and forage plots, the Gwynne offers a little something for everyone.

Though September 19th is dedicated to Pawpaws, talks on a variety of natural resource topics will be held throughout each of the three days of Farm Science Review. And new to the Gwynne this year, the “Ask a Master Gardener” table will be on site to answer all of your horticultural questions!


Stockmanship Stewardship September 29-30

  • Hear from world renowned stockmanship clinicians and other industry experts.
  • Session highlights include chute-side trainings, herd health planning, cattle handling, and a chance to get BQA certified!
  • Full registration includes all events and meals, student pricing and one-day registration options available!

• Breakout sessions covering biosecurity, nutrition, and industry hot topics
• Live cattle handling demonstrations

• BQA Certification and industry updates
• Classroom demonstrations
• BQA Certification and dive deeper into BQA

Eastern Agricultural Research Station
16870 TR 126 | Caldwell, OH



Livestock News

Beef Cattle

Four new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1357 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:

For most Ohio cattlemen, weaning season is quickly approaching. That’s a focus of this week’s BEEF letter postings.

Articles this week include:

    • The Weaning Process, and Assuring Quality
    • Considerations for Preconditioning Calves this Fall
    • Field Days to Examine Crop and Livestock Integration Barriers and Benefits
    • Uncertainty and Variability but not in Cattle

Four new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1358 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:

Proper nutrition involves more than just protein and energy. This week we look at the importance of mineral.

Articles this week include:

    • Mineral Supplementation on Pasture
    • What makes a “Good Complete” Mineral?
    • Fewer Cattle on Feed and Lower Placements
    • Weekly Livestock Comments for August 18, 2023

Four new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1359 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:

Ohio is privileged to be one of only 4 sites Nationally hosting Stockmanship & Stewardship in 2023. This week Christine Gelley offers more detail regarding this unique, two day opportunity coming up on September 29 and 30 in Caldwell.

Articles this week include:

    • Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour for the Beef Industry Hosted in Caldwell, Ohio
    • Corn Silage Pricing Tool
    • August Hay Production Estimates are Encouraging, but Variation Still Exists
    • Feed Situation

Small Ruminant

Women in Ag Wednesday Webinar

Join us on September 13, 2023, for the next session.

Are you Ready… Emergency Preparedness?

What could be considered an emergency on your farm? Are you, your family members, and your employees prepared to respond to small- and large-scale incidents when they unexpectedly appear? More than stocking a first aid kit, this session will provide checklists and templates to help you create a customized emergency plan for your property in the event you need to take action.

Statewide Sheep Shearing School

A few seats still remain – register today to secure your spot!

Event Registration Link

The Ohio State University departments of Animal Sciences and Extension are pleased to announce the dates of the 2023 Fall Statewide Ohio Sheep Shearing School to be held on September 22-23, 2023 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Dave Cable Farm in Hebron, Ohio (10491 Canal Rd., Hebron, OH 43025).

During this two day schooling event, attendees will be given the opportunity to learn how to properly shear a sheep using the Australian shearing method. Those in attendance will be taught by veteran shearers as they walk through each step and demonstrate how to properly position the sheep and shearing hand piece in the correct location. Attendees will also learn to appreciate fleece quality by ensuring that their work station is clear of debris and how to keep the animals fleece all in one piece. This shearing session is open to any and all sheep producers, regardless of your shearing experience. Even if you are an experienced shearer, you are bound to learn something new or to improve upon from the school! Who knows, maybe it could help you shear off a couple of seconds on each sheep that you shear.

New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to try their hand at shearing using a variety of tools including electric hand pieces, drop shaft units, or an attendees personal equipment. We encourage everyone to bring their own shearing equipment as doing so will allow you to become more comfortable with the tools that you own. Additionally, questions about comb and cutter placement as well as maintenance will be discussed. Please note that class space is limited to the first 16 participants with registration due by Friday, September 15th. The cost to attend is $100 which includes a boxed lunch for each day. For those interested in participating in this years school, please be sure to fill out the registration form. Additional information regarding this school and other sheep related events can be found on our Events/Programs page.

As the sheep industry continues to maintain a strong foothold in the state of Ohio, new sheep shearers will be needed to ensure the longevity of our industries future. It’s up to you to help continue this legacy.

We look forward to seeing you there! Happy shearing!