Private Pesticide Applicator and Fertilizer Re-Certification Classes in Licking County

We will offer three opportunities to complete your re-certification requirements for private pesticide applicator and private or commercial fertilizer applicator.  All categories will be covered.  The cost will be $35 and will include handouts and food.  (This fee is in addition to the $30 fee that The Ohio Department of Agriculture charges for the renewal.) Please RSVP by calling 740-670-5315  or email

The dates and locations are:

  • Monday March 11th 6-9 p.m. for pesticide and 9-10 p.m. for fertilizer.  Hopewell Hall room 53 OSU Newark / COTC  1189 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055
  • Tuesday March 12th 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for pesticide and 1-2 p.m. for fertilizer.  Hopewell Hall room 53 OSU Newark / COTC  1189 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055
  • Thursday March 21st 6-9 p.m. for pesticide and 9-10 p.m. for fertilizer.  Farm Services Building (Extension Office)  771 East Main St., Newark, OH 43055

New Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class in Licking County

On Monday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. we will hold a free training class for anyone interested in obtaining their private pesticide applicator license. To obtain a license a person needs to pass a test with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  There is a core section that everyone must take and pass and then there are 7 different categories from which to choose.  You can choose as many categories as you want but there is a test for each.  This class is designed to prepare you for the test which can be taken at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg. Our free class will be held at the Licking County Extension Office, 771 E. Main St., Newark, OH.  Please call 740-670-5315 to register.

Apple Tree Grafting Workshop in Licking County

Did you know nearly all apple trees are produced by grafting a desired variety to a hardy rootstock? Come and join the fun of making your own apple trees!  Start your backyard orchard or add some new trees.  Learn about different types of grafting and then make your own tree or trees using a simple effective technique.  We will have rootstock and scion wood (the piece that determines the variety) for you to use.  You are also welcome to bring your own scion wood if you have a tree that produces a variety you want.  The workshop will be on Thursday, March 28th starting at 7:00 p.m.  I am still working out some details and will have prices as soon as I know my final cost.  Consider this a save the date while you wait for more details or call in and we will put you on our list (740-670-5315).  Limited space is available.  The workshop will take place in the large conference room of the Licking County Extension /Ag Services Building at 771 E. Main St., Newark, OH.

Ohio State On Farm Research Meeting

Regional meetings are being held around the state to discuss on-farm research trials from 2018 and opportunities for 2019.  Our area meeting is in Massillon on Wednesday, February 27th.  Click on this link for details 2019_eFieldsFlyer_Eastern-2cyifmy

This meeting will provide overviews of research conducted in 2018 in the eastern part of the state including summaries from John Fulton, Chris Penrose, Chris Zoller, and Jason Hartschuh. If you are interested in conducting on-farm research this will be a great opportunity to learn from some experienced Educators. Aaron Wilson will also be available to provide a look back at 2018 weather and a preview of what may be coming in 2019.

The deadline for registration is February 22nd but I can still get you in after that.  If some people want to ride together let me know and I can help make arrangements (740-670-5315).  Copies of the 2018 eFields are available for free at the Extension Office.  This contains results from 95 on-farm research sites in 25 counties for 2018 trials with a good variety of experiments.  We will be sure to have trials in Licking County for 2019.  Let me know if you are interested.


Hydrangea School in Licking County

Join OSU Extension Educator Eric Barrett to discover the world of hydrangeas. Learn about types, care, pruning and bloom times. You’ll receive a quick reference chart to take to the garden center and a hydrangea plant to take home. The class will be at the Licking County Library, 101 W Main St, Newark, OH 43055, on April 30th from 1-3 p.m.  The registration fee for this workshop is $30 per person. Please make checks payable to OSU Extension and mail to OSUE Hydrangea School, 771 East Main Street, Suite 103, Newark Ohio 43055.

Click on the following link below for the registration form and more information. 2019 Licking Hydrangea School-1ln04l1

State-Wide Grain Marketing Workshop to be Offered on March 12 & March 19

Do you want to do a better job of pricing your corn and soybeans? Is grain marketing a confusing and daunting task? If so, this webinar is for you! Ohio State University Extension is offering a two-session webinar focused on helping farmers become better grain marketers. Participants will have a better understanding of risk, marketing tools, and the development of written marketing plans. These workshops are funded through a North Central Risk Management Education Grant. Additional information can be found at

Participants will learn to identify their personal risk tolerance and their farm’s financial risk capacity. Both of these are important in developing a successful grain marketing plan. Participants will also learn how crop insurance products effect marketing decisions and effect risk capacity. Grain marketing consists of understanding and managing many pieces of information. Information on the different grain marketing contracts will be presented. These include basis, hedging, cash, futures, and option contracts. Additionally, participants will be provided with an example of a grain marketing plan and the fundamental principles that should be included.

The courses will be offered on two consecutive Tuesdays (March 12 & 19). For specific times as well as program registration instruction, go to Cost for the program is $30.00.

To request additional information or have questions answered, contact Amanda Bennett at 937-440-3945 or at

Ohio AgrAbility job opening

Ohio AgrAbility has an immediate job opening for a part time Rural Rehabilitation Coordinator.

The candidate will work directly with Ohio farmers to develop workplace modifications to accommodate worker disability and promote their independence to continue to farm.

The position will be hired via of our non-profit partner organization: Easter Seals (out of their Cincinnati office).

However the candidate will be able to work from a home office anywhere in the state, with appropriate mileage and expenses to cover the entire state. The candidate will join a 2-person team.

Candidates can send any additional questions my way, or respond directly to the contact listed in the job link.

Thank you for sharing with those whom you might know, and who could make a good fit for working with farmers with disabilities.

The job is posted at:


S. Dee Jepsen, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering   

State Leader, OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Program

Advisor, Ohio Collegiate Cattle Association
The Ohio State University       
Suite 262, 590 Woody Hayes Drive

Columbus, Ohio 43210

Phone (614) 292-6008 / FAX (614) 292-9448