Cover Crop Workshop to be held in Licking County

There will be a cover crop cost-share workshop available to farmers in Licking County who plant cover crops. The sign up will be with the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation Office. To help with decisions on planting cover crops we will be providing a cover crop workshop at the Slater Bros. Farm  10001 Canal Rd. Hebron, OH.  This will take place on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 from 6-8 pm and is a free event, however, RSVP’s are requested 740-670-5315.  Please click here for the flyer:  Cover Crop Flyer

Featured Speaker:
David Brandt, Walnut Creek Seeds, LLC
– Cover crops and soil health
– Panel discussion comprised of local producers and their
experiences and suggestions with cover crops

“Grill Smart” hands on grilling class at the Extension Office

Grilling season is here! On Friday, June 21st we will be hosting an evening class that is the perfect way to start your weekend. We are bringing a very popular program to Licking County. You will learn to work with multiple cuts of beef, pork, and poultry and to understand the differences and the appropriate cooking methods involved. Grilling provides a great opportunity to gather with friends while preparing a meal. We want to help you learn to prepare your meat in a safe manner that preserves the flavor. Click this link for the flyer and registration. Grill Smart Flyer 2019 Register early as we expect this to fill quickly.

“Managing your Woodlands” program taking place in Licking County

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry is offering a program at the Swinehart Family Property on Dorsey Mill Rd near Newark. This program will provide education on many aspects of managing a woodlot. This free program does have limited space.  Please click on the following link for details and registration information: Managing your Woodlands 6.20192

Licking County Farm Tour July 13th

Licking County Farm Bureau, in partnership with Licking County OSU Extension and Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District, is hosting a Summer Farm Tour.  The farm tour will be held July 13, 2019, starting out from Lynd Fruit Farm, 9090 Morse Road at 8 a.m. From there, participants will board buses and visit the three separate farms. Buses will return to Lynd Fruit Farm for lunch. Please click on the following link for the flyer with details of the stops.  county farm tour flyer Seating is limited so please RSVP early.

Youth Farm Safety Day Camp Save the Date 7-23-19

Safety is an important issue for anyone and those living in rural environments face even bigger challenges. Send your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbors to our Farm Safety Day Camp. OSU Licking County Extension is partnering with The Licking Valley FFA to bring fun and safety together. We are still working on the details but are looking at topics like ATV safety, water rescue, and animal handling. This daylong camp was a favorite 10 years ago and now we are bringing it back. Save the date of 7-23-19 and we will provide more details soon.

Licking County Sheep Show June 8th!

The Licking County Sheep Improvement Association is hosting a show on Saturday June 8th at the Hartford Fairgrounds. This show will provide a great opportunity to show your breeding sheep and market lambs prior to the fair. This is perfect way to prepare for the fair and the show is open to all youth from any county. Please see flyer for details. Sheep Show Flyer

Sheep A.I. Day in Licking County. Sign up deadline is quickly approaching.

Have you ever considered using artificial insemination to rapidly increase the genetic diversity of your flock or to produce superior offspring for show and replacement breeding stock, but was unable to do so due to the cost? If so, look no further. All thanks to the Licking County Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio shepherds now have the opportunity to expand the genetics of their flocks in using A.I. techniques with the services being provided by Reproduction Specialty Group – Dr. Tad Thompson, DVM. The event is set for Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Hartford Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Is it time to harvest your timber – How do you know?

Dave Apsley, OSU Extension Natural Resources Specialist, be presenting a webinar titled: Is it time to harvest your timber – How do you know?

There are many factors that you should consider when deciding if your timber is ready to harvest. Unfortunately, many woodland owners hastily make that decision when a prospective buyer knocks on their door. This webinar will focus mainly on the financial considerations of harvesting timber, but we’ll also explore the role of landowner objectives, invasive species, regeneration and other factors to contemplate before deciding to harvest your timber. We’ll wrap things up with a brief review of how to successfully conduct a timber harvest. Continue reading

Tree and Shrub Identification Class offered by A DAY in the WOODS

From Dave Apsley

Our second A DAY in the WOODS program for 2019 “Tree and Shrub Identification” will be offered at Hocking College on May 24.   Click on the following link to learn this program and the publications that participants will receive.   You can also find our  2019 A DAY in the WOODS brochure  and maps at this link: