Ohio Agricultural Law Blog–Hiring of foreign agricultural workers is webinar topic for July 25, 2018

Written by Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law

The next topic in the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium’s webinar series on July 25, 2018 is “Compliance with DOL and Immigration Laws and Regulations for Agricultural Businesses” featuring attorney Misty Wilson Borkowski of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Ms. Borkowski, who dedicates her practice to immigration law, will discuss the latest developments in the laws and regulations that agricultural businesses must comply with when hiring foreign agricultural workers.  The webinar is intended to benefit all involved with the hiring of foreign agricultural workers, including producers, farm labor contractors, and attorneys.

The financial stability of farming operations throughout the United States is heavily dependent on the proper employment of foreign agricultural workers.  Understanding the law and regulations applicable to the hiring of those workers can be a daunting task, even for those operations that regularly use foreign agricultural workers.  For example, U.S. farmers who have H-2A workers or are considering utilizing the H-2A Visas for foreign agriculture workers must comply with U.S. Department of Labor and Immigration laws and regulations with regard to recruitment, hiring, paying, withholding taxes, housing, transportation, and related matters.

The free webinar will take place on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Noon EST.  Go to this link for log on information.

OSU’s Agricultural & Resource Law Program is one of four partners in the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium, a national, multi-institutional collaboration designed to enhance and expand the development and delivery of authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information.  The Consortium hosts a series of webinars on timely and important agricultural and food law topics which are freely available to the general public and designed to be appropriate for non-attorneys as well as attorneys. For a listing of upcoming webinars and access to past webinars that have been archived, please click here.

Ohio Agricultural Law Blog–Agricultural nutrients targeted in Clean Lake 2020 bill and Kasich Executive Order

Original author: Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law

Recent actions by the Ohio legislature and Governor Kasich will affect the management of agricultural nutrients in Ohio.   The Ohio General Assembly has passed “Clean Lake 2020” legislation that will provide funding for reducing phosphorous in Lake Erie.  Governor Kasich signed the Clean Lake 2020 bill on July 10, in tandem with issuing Executive Order 2018—09K, “Taking Steps to Protect Lake Erie.”  The two actions aim to address the impact of agricultural nutrients on water quality in Lake Erie.  Continue reading

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Woodland Stewardship Opportunities at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on August 10

Original author Dave Apsley

Families, just like yours, own three-quarters of the 8.1 million acres of woodlands in Ohio.  Yet folks do not know where to turn for advice and assistance when they need it.  The program “Woodland Stewardship Opportunities” will cover a wide range of topics that will help woodland owners to care for the woodlands on their property.  Foresters, wildlife biologists and other natural resources professionals from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Ohio State University Extension will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate:

  • Techniques that you can use to improve your woodland for wildlife, timber income, recreation or whatever benefits that you hope to realize from your property
  • Strategies for dealing with those pesky invasive plants and insects on your property
  • Tools that you can use to encourage oaks on your property
  • The many resources (people, agencies and programs) available to answer your questions and help you accomplish the goals that you have for your woodlands

The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.   A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials.  Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by August 6.

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OSU South Centers Hops Field Night

The Ohio State University will be hosting the Hops Field Night at the South Centers in Piketon on August 8, 2018.

This field night is geared towards all growers, new and experienced.  The field night will be held partially indoors, with the majority of the workshop being out in our hops field.  Some of the topics to be discussed are:

  • Galvanized Trellis System
  • Hop Mechanical Harvesting Demonstration
  • Drying Demonstration
  • Insect & Disease
  • Pest Management
  • Nutrient Management & Fertigation demonstration
  • Drip Irrigation Management

Attendees will receive hands-on experience, visit our hops field, and receive multiple handouts-including the Ohio Hop Disease Management Guide.

For full information please click here

Attendees must preregister.  To register, please contact Charissa Gardner at gardner.1148@osu.edu or at 740.289.2071 ext. 132.


You don’t want to miss this educational one-on-one opportunity

Beef Bus Tour

By Christine Gelley

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

Noble County

OSU Extension


Community Beef Tour Heads South

The Ohio Beef Study Group is a community led group of agriculturalists that have been traveling together for decades to learn more about agriculture, meet interesting people, and see interesting places. This fall the group is headed South through Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and West Virginia from Tuesday, September 25 to Saturday, September 29. Continue reading

2018 Ohio Sheep Day

Originally posted by Lynn Snyder – May 8

The 2018 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled at OARDC Sheep Research Unit, Eastern Agriculture Research Station (EARS), location of the Ohio’s Appalachian counties sheep research being conducted at The Ohio State University.

Ohio Sheep Day will offer visitors the opportunity to visit a successful sheep farming operation dedicated to commercial sheep production in a profitable way. Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management and production is invited to attend. A lamb luncheon is included as part of registration and no pre-registration is required.

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Commodity Situation and Outlook for Ohio

Original author:  Ben Brown, Program Manager- Farm Management Program – May 31, 2018

Commodity Outlook up to May 31st– (Corn and Soybean markets have decreased in the last two weeks on uncertainty of exports to Mexico and China; however, todays WASDE does suggest continued strength in both soybean meal and ethanol production as outlined in the newsletter)

Agricultural Risk Coverage Payments Expected Lower in 2018 – (Representing the 2017 crop, but distributed in October of 2018)

As Trade Tensions Build, Do Ohio Producers Need to Worry?

Ohio CAUV Projections for 2018

Ohio Land Values and Cash Rent Outlook

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May/June Rainfall

MAY 2018 vs. 2017

  • Alexandria = 4.54 Inches – (5.51)
  • Madison Township = 5.25 Inches – (4.91)
  • Newark = 4.0 Inches – (4.95)
  • Newton Township SE = 3.45 Inches – (5.05)
  • Union Township = 6.25 Inches – (4.75)
  • Washington Township S = 3.20 – (5.98)


JUNE 2018 vs. 2017:

  • Alexandria = 6.74 Inches – (4.64)
  • Bowling Green = 5.20 Inches – (5.0)
  • Madison Township = 6.50 Inches – (2.19)
  • Newark = 8.40 Inches – (3.68)
  • S. Union Township = 12.15 Inches – (3.10)
  • Union Township = 7.55 Inches – (3.0)
  • Utica = 5.20 Inches – (3.08)
  • Washington Township S = 8.30 Inches – (4.53)

You’re Invited! To the Licking County Agriculture Hall of Fame and Mural Open House

The mural is complete and looks fantastic!  It is a wonderful tribute to members of our agricultural community.  Please join us on Saturday July 21st 2018 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. for an open house to showcase the mural and the Hall of Fame inductees.  The 8 ft. x 16 ft. mural is located on the wall inside the Ag Services Building at 771 East Main Street in Newark along with  pictures of our Hall of Fame inductees with descriptions of their contributions to agriculture and the community.

The open house is the same time as the Garden Open House hosted by the Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers.  Please feel free to attend both events at no cost.




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Happy 4th of July!  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!!

Dean Kreager and staff