Beef Cattle A.I. Workshop

OSU Extension Muskingum and Licking Counties will host an introduction to artificial insemination of beef cattle on July 30 and August 1, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Extension Office in Zanesville.  This two-night workshop is a classroom event starting on night one and concluding with hands-on-practice on night two.  Topics that will be covered during this workshop include: Advanced Reproductive Tract Anatomy and Physiology, Estrous Synchronization, Pasture Considerations, Expected Progeny Differences (EPD’s), and, Tools, Equipment, & Techniques.  Our program cost is $20 per person and RSVP’s are due July 25.  Our classroom location is the meeting room at the Rural Services Building, 225 Underwood St, Zanesville, OH.

Please RSVP and register using our online webform and payment portal found at

Direct questions to Clifton Martin, Extension Educator, Muskingum County, 740-454-0144, or to Dean Kreager, Extension Educator, Licking County, 740-670-5315,

Link to Program Flyer

Licking County Master Gardener Open House

The Licking County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Open House: A Passport to Gardening on July 27, 2024 from 10:00a to 2:00p.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook (Master Gardener Volunteers of Licking County OSUE) for more details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2024

By:Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management Monday, July 01st, 2024

Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2024

Barry Ward, Eric Richer, John Barker and Amanda Bennett, OSU Extension

Farming is a complex business and many Ohio farmers utilize outside assistance for specific farm-related work. This option is appealing for tasks requiring specialized equipment or technical expertise. Often, having someone else with specialized tools perform tasks is more cost effective and saves time. Farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply, “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider.

Custom rates increased for the majority of field operations in 2024 as compared to surveyed rates in 2022 but the increases did vary by operation. Examples include an increase of 6% for Planting Corn (30 Inch Rows with Fertilizer Application), 5.6% for Harvesting Corn (Combine, Grain Cart, Haul Local to Farm), 21% for Spraying (Self-Propelled Sprayer, Crop Protection Chemicals) and 24% for Field Cultivator.

New field operations in this year’s survey and summary include drone/UAV application and cover crop seeding. Continue reading Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2024

Woodland Wisdom online course and webinar series

Registration is now open for a new online course and webinar series Woodland Wisdom: Learn to Balance What You Have with What You Want.  This new online course offers woodland owners a way to enhance their land management skills.  There are 7 sessions covering a wide range of topics designed to help woodland owners focus on opportunities their land offers.

Registration is open here.


Name That Tree Class

Registration is open for Name That Tree being held August 22nd in Pickerington.  The class is designed to help students learn some of the key characteristics of identifying trees.  The class will also introduce how to use a dichotomous key for identification.

Deadline to register is August 15th.  Register here.

Hands on small ruminant parasite workshop

Learn about internal parasite issues and how to use FAMACHA as a selective deworming tool.  You will also learn to do your own fecal egg counts at home.  The workshop will include hands on evaluation of sheep using the FAMACHA system at Dale McCombs farm near Johnstown and then go to the Licking County Extension office for training to do fecal egg counts  on your own.  The cost will be $40 and include a McMaster slide for fecal egg counts, handouts and lunch.  We are limiting attendance to 20 to assure good hands on participation time.

Contact Dean Kreager with questions and to register or 740-670-5315 (please inform us of any dietary restrictions)

Click here for the flyer with additional details: Small Ruminant Parasite Flyer1

County Probate Rates – Have you been putting off planning for the future?

By:Robert Moore, Tuesday, June 11th, 2024
Legal Groundwork

Those familiar with serving as an executor or navigating probate understand the daunting nature of the task. The process often entails numerous filings and can extend over several months or even years. Consequently, seeking legal counsel is frequently necessary to navigate this complex procedure and ensure the estate is managed appropriately. One common question concerning the engagement of attorneys for probate concerns their fees: what are their charges?

The Ohio Revised Code allows attorneys to receive “reasonable fees” for their services in aiding with estate matters. However, Ohio law doesn’t offer a specific definition of what constitutes reasonable fees, nor does it prescribe a straightforward formula for determining them. Ultimately, it falls upon the county probate judge to decide whether an attorney’s fees are reasonable for overseeing estate administration. Given the potentially burdensome task of assessing fees for each estate, many county probate courts set standardized rates that estate attorneys can charge, thereby streamlining the process.

The probate rates vary from county to county but generally range from 1% – 5% of the total value of the estate.  As an example, the following are the probate rates for Brown County, Ohio: Continue reading County Probate Rates – Have you been putting off planning for the future?

It’s high season for Ohio’s noxious weeds laws

By:Peggy Kirk Hall, Attorney and Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program Wednesday, May 29th, 2024
Poison hemlock plants growing in field

The poison hemlock popping up across Ohio and the questions we’re receiving in the Farm Office both signal that the high season for “noxious weeds” has begun. Ohio has several statutes and regulations intended to curtail the spread of the invasive and potentially harmful weeds we refer to as noxious weeds.  The most common question we’re hearing is this:  if there is a weed problem spreading onto or around my property, what can I do about it?

There are several answers to this question, and the first is to have a civil discussion with the landowner or agency responsible for the property, alerting them to the problem.  Sometimes that party simply doesn’t know about the weeds or doesn’t know how to remedy the problem.  If the neighborly discussion strategy fails, then the legal answer to the question depends upon two factors:  1) whether the weed is one named in the law or on the “noxious weeds” list, and 2) the location of the weed. Continue reading It’s high season for Ohio’s noxious weeds laws