2021 Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Webinar Series

Ohio State University Extension in Warren County is offering this webinar series as a replacement for the 2021 Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our “live” conference will return on February 1, 2022. Mark your calendars.

The following webinars are free but do require you to register for each meeting at the corresponding registration links.
Registration Information

Monday, February 1, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.
Tips for Managing Pumpkins, Sweet Corn and Invasive Pests
Presenter: Jim Jasinski, Ohio State University Extension, IPM Program Coordinator

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fresh Ohio Strawberries at Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Presenter: Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension, South Centers

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.
No “Wining”—Just Growing Grapes & Brambling Along Too!
Presenter: Erik Draper, OSU Extension, Geauga County

2021 Small Ruminant Webinar Series Starts Jan. 19th

Ohio State Extension invites you to the 2021 Small Ruminant Webinar Series! The information provided will be applicable to both sheep and goat producers large and small. Register online for no cost at:

Webinar One- Lambing and Kidding: 90 minutes Tuesday, January 19th | 7 p.m.
Members of the OSU Sheep Team will cover preparing for lambing/kidding season, ewe/doe and lamb/kid care before, during, after birth, managing dystocia, troubleshooting and addressing health concerns, colostrum, bottle feeding, creep feeding, castrating, tail docking, vaccinations, and allow time for Q&A.

Webinar Two- Small Ruminant Nutrition: 90 minutes Tuesday, February 16th | 7 p.m.
We will address the importance of providing adequate protein, carbohydrates, and minerals in the forms of processed grains, hay, grazed pasture, minerals, and supplements to your flock/herd. Q&A included.

Webinar Three- Weaning, Sorting, and Selling- Lambs, Kids, and Spent Breeding Stock: 90 minutes Tuesday, March 16th | 7 p.m.
We will offer strategies for weaning lambs/kids and preparing them for joining the breeding flock or entering the meat processing chain. Also included will be examples of marketing strategies and determining what to do with ewes/does and rams/bucks that are no longer meeting breeding needs of the flock/herd.

Online GAPs Training Scheduled

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:
• Jan 21, 6:00-9:00pm: register at https://go.osu.edu/gapstraining1-21
• Feb 18, 6:00-9:00pm: register at https://go.osu.edu/gapstraining2-18
• Mar 18, 6:00-9:00pm: register at https://go.osu.edu/gapstraining3-18

2021 Virtual Beef Team Events

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/

Organic Winter Webinars

Organic Winter Webinars
Nov. 12, 2020

Ohio State will host a series of organic webinars on Wednesdays this winter, 11-11:45 a.m. The series will provide opportunities for Ohio’s organic community and those who work with them, to learn about Ohio State resources and to provide feedback, experience, and ideas for new research and program directions. Farmers considering organic certification or seeking ways to lower their farm inputs will also benefit from the presentations.

All sessions begin at 11 a.m and will last 45 minutes.We recommend joining via zoom so that you can see speaker materials, but phone connections are also possible.
You can sign up to receive email reminders for one or more sessions.
See additional OSU Extension winter programming at https://agnr.osu.edu/programming.
Sessions will be recorded and posted on YouTube, but we enourage you to attend live to be part of the discussion.

For classes and long in information follow this link: Class Information

Virtual Pastures for Profit Course

This year between January and March in 2021, the Pastures for Profit curriculum will be offered as a virtual course. One live webinar will be offered per month along with “work at your own pace” videos and exercises that accompany each webinar. The Pastures for Profit program is a collaboration between Ohio State University Extension, Central State University, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Forages and Grassland Council.

Each webinar will be offered live on Zoom at 7 P.M. and feature three presentations in a 90-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 online course including the webinars and complementary resources. Participants that attend all three webinars will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion. Registered participants will also receive their choice of a curriculum binder or USB drive of the traditional course by mail.

Webinar One- Core Grazing Education: Wed., January 13th at 7 p.m.
Evaluating Resources and Goal Setting
Getting Started Grazing
Soil Fertility

Webinar Two- The Science of Grazing: Wed., February 3rd at 7 p.m.
Understanding Plant Growth
Fencing and Water Systems
Meeting Animal Requirements on Pasture

Webinar Three- Meeting Grazing Goals: Wed., March 3rd at 7 p.m.
Pasture Weed Control
Economics of Grazing
Creating and Implementing Grazing Plans

A series of additional videos that complement each webinar will be accessible to registered participants that include topics such as:
Soil Health & Fertility
Species Specific Tips
Stocking Densities
Forage Sampling and Analysis
Winter Feeding Strategies
Conservation Practices
Genetic Traits of Forages
Pasture Layouts
Farm Economics
Pasture Walks/Virtual Tours

These videos will focus on more specific pasture management topics at the beginner and experienced manager levels.

Cost of the course is $50, which includes the Pastures for Profit manual. Current and new members of the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council are eligible for a $10 discount on registration. Look for registration details soon at https://forages.osu.edu or through the Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council at https://afgc.org/ohio.