2020 Small Farm Conference and Trade Show

Sowing Seeds for Success

Do you own a few acres that you want to be productive but you’re not sure what to do?

Do you have a passion for farming and turning your piece of this wonderful earth into a food producing oasis?

Do you own land or forest that you’re not quite sure how to manage? 

Do you raise or produce products that you would like to market and sell off your farm but you’re not sure how to make it successful?

If you’re asking yourself these questions, you need to attend this event! Targeted to new and small farm owners, this confence offers eight educational tracts on:

  • Horticulture
  • Produce Production
  • Natural Resources
  • Livestock
  • Specialty Crops
  • Farm Management
  • Marketing
  • Miscellaneous Topics

You’ll also have the opportunity to browse a trade show featuring the newest and most innovated ideas and services for your farming operation. Talk with the vendors and network with your peers. If you are a new or small farm owner, you don’t want to miss this event.

Go to the following link for information on the 32 different breakout sessions as well as registration information.


Fertilizer Certification Opportunity

Who needs a fertilizer certification?:  Fertilizer certification is required if you apply fertilizer (other than manure) to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale. If you have the co-op or other custom applicator make your fertilizer applications, you do not need the certification.  

To become certified you can take our 3 hour class from 6-9 p.m. on March 5th or you can take a test at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  Seating is limited so please call 740-670-5315 to reserve a spot.  There is no charge for this class.

Local on farm research reports – eFields

Ohio State University Extension works throughout the state with local farms to conduct research addressing local concerns.  We are doing some of this research in Licking county.  This research is summarized and published within a few months of completion.  The 2019 season results are published and will be presented at regional meetings throughout Ohio.  These are the 2 closest:  Coshocton  eFields Regional Flyers_E   and Mt. Gilead  eFields Regional Flyers_C   See what has and has not worked to increase profitability.  Free book copies are available at the Extension office or can be accessed online.  https://digitalag.osu.edu/efields

Ohio Agritourism Conference 2020

The utilization of agritourism has become a method for farmers, ranchers, and wineries to convert their land into a destination and to educate others on their day to day operations. Join us to learn about the latest trends and issues that impact the industry and explore options for your operation, all while visiting a beautiful wedding venue destination, Flora & Field. 2020 Agritourism Save The Date (Flora Field)

2020 Overholt Drainage School, March 9-12

The School location is the Fairfield County Agricultural Center, 831 College Ave, Lancaster, OH 43130.

Topics covered will be:

  • Agricultural Subsurface Drainage: System Design, Layout and Installation
  • Drainage Water Management: Controlled Drainage System Design, Layout and Installation
  • Applications for Drainage Water Harvesting
  • Drainage Water Quality Improvement Practices

For questions and, full program announcement and registration form, contact Dr. Larry Brown at brown.59@osu.edu, or call 1-614-292-3826, or 614-264-7916 cell.

You can find information at the Ohio Country Journal: https://www.ocj.com/2020/02/2020-overholt-drainage-school-coming-in-march/

You can register online and pay with credit card at: https://go.osu.edu/overholt20

The instructors and I look forward to working with you Thanks. Larry

Gypsy Moth Treatment Open House Meeting at the Extension Office

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
OSU Extension Office
771 East Main St., Newark, OH

There are 2 areas of Licking County scheduled for gypsy moth treatment this year.  This open house is for the Newark MD and Hickman MD treatment blocks, in Licking county. The full open house schedule can be viewed


Open Houses are informal meetings where people can get information about the upcoming gypsy moth treatment project. There is no agenda or presentation, instead there will be exhibits and staff available to speak with and receive comments.

Just a few seats left – The Nuts & Bolts of Corn & Soybean Production

The 2020 Central Ohio Agronomy School will be held on Monday evenings, beginning on Monday February 10 through Monday March 9, from 6:30 –9:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Ag Services Building, 1025 Harcourt Rd. Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.   This five-week program will provide the attendees with the most comprehensive, up-to-date crop production and agricultural technology information available today.  This school is designed with everyone in mind; part-time or full-time producer, beginner or CCA agronomist.  Within each subject area we will teach the basic concepts and progress to the most advanced agronomic principles.

Topics include:

February 10     – Bruce Ackley, OSU Weed Science.

Weed Identification with Live Plants at Various Growth Stages.

Palmer, Waterhemp, Pigweed, Marestail, Various Grasses and more!

Dr. Mark Loux, OSU Weed Science

Developing a Multi-Year Herbicide Program for Tough to Control Weeds

Weed control update for 2020

February 17   – Dr. Scott Shearer, OSU Chair, Food, Agriculture and

                           Biological Engineering

                                    Field Compaction Research

                      – Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins, Field Specialist, OSU Extension

                                    2019 On-farm Research Results

February 24   – Ben Brown, OSU College of Food, Agriculture, &

  Environmental Sciences

                                 Farming & Marketing in an Uncertain World

Peggy Hall OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program

“Hot” Agricultural Law Topics

March 2      – Glen Arnold, Field Specialist, OSU Extension

                                     Is Manure Right for You?

                      – Dr. Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension – Auglaize County

                                    Weed Seeds in Manure. 

 March 9     – Marne Tichenell, Wildlife Specialist, OSU Extension

Wildlife Damage in Field Crops

Aaron Wilson, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

       How Weather is Affecting our Farming Operations 2018 Weather Outlook

This school will provide:

14 continuing education credits (CEU’s) for Certified Crop Advisors,

C.M. 2, I.P.M. 6.5, N.M 2, P.D. 1.5,  S&W 2.0.

8 hours of Commercial Pesticide Credits

Core – 2 hrs., 2a – .5 hrs., 2c – 2 hrs., 2d –.5 hrs., 9 – .5 hrs., 10c – .5 hrs., 15 – 2 hrs.

8 hours of Private Pesticide Recertification Credits

Core – 2 hrs.,  Cat 1- 2.5 hrs., Cat 2 – .5 hrs., Cat 6 – .5hrs., Cat 7 – .5 hrs., Cat 15 – 2 hrs.

Registration costs vary due to CUE credits and pesticide applicator credits.

This program is sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension, Advantage Ag & Equipment, B&B Farm Service, Central Ohio Farmers CO-OP, Channel, Clark Seeds, Cubbage Electric, Farmcredit, First-Knox National Bank, and Seed Consultants.

For more information contact the OSU Extension Office in Knox County (740-397-0401).  The following links will provide more information for this program.  http://u.osu.edu/knoxcountyag/ or https://knox.osu.edu/



Gardening Classes

All you need to know about “Veggies & More” is a series of free gardening classes offered by our Master Gardener Volunteers.  These classes will be offered in both Pataskala and Hebron.  Click this link for topics and details.2020 VGS flyer final