Beef Quality Assurance opportunity that will also meet the Fair requirement.

National BQA certification is valid for three years and the program started in 2018 so many are due to recertify now.  There is no fee involved and this meeting will qualify as either a new certification or a recertification. This will also fulfil the Quality Assurance requirement for 4-H and FFA at the Hartford Fair for 2022.

This event is sponsored by the Licking County Cattlemen’s Association.  Membership is not required but is encouraged and is just $10 per family.

The date is Sunday January 23rd at 1 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

Location is the Claylick Run sale facility.

Please call the Extension Office at 740-670-5315 to reserve your spot.

Click here for the flyer:    2022 BQA Cattleman flyer (002)

2022 Ag Outlook Meeting

Zanesville, OH–Join OSU Extension in Muskingum County for the 2022 regional Agricultural Policy and Outlook Meeting. This school will focus on topics of farm inputs, rent, real estate, agricultural law, grain marketing, and 2023 Farm Bill.  Featured speakers include Barry Ward, Peggy Hall, Matt Roberts and Carl Zulauf.  This program is made possible with support from the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. Growers and producers from around the region are encouraged to attend.

Date and time: Monday, February 14, 2020, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Location: Muskingum County Conference and Welcome Center, 205 N. 5th St, Zanesville, OH

PRE-Registration is required, and the fee is $20 per person. The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Online registration is available at  Contact the Muskingum County Extension office at 740-454-0144 or with questions.

Licking County Agricultural Hall of Fame

Time is running out.  Applications are due December 31st.

Is there someone you know that has demonstrated life long exemplary service to their community and the industry of agriculture?  If so, we would like to hear their story.  This can be an individual or a couple.  Please complete the nomination form and return to the Licking County Extension office by December 31, 2021.  We are glad to help you through the process.  The application can be completed online and emailed to me or it can be completed and mailed.   Click on the following link for the application: Hall of Fame Nomination Form 11.13.19

Locating and Maintaining Woodland Boundaries

We are excited to announce our new series of videos on woodland boundaries featuring State Service Forester, Mark Rickey. These videos are a great source of information on the importance of locating and maintaining woodland boundaries. They provide details on how to find evidence of their location and how to highlight the evidence once you locate it. Additional videos will be released in the coming months.

Videos and other woodland boundary resources can be found at:


Dave Apsley

Greenhouse Management Workshop set for Jan. 26–28

Published on December 14, 2021

WOOSTER, Ohio—Registration is open for the annual Greenhouse Management Workshop by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), set to be held virtually from Jan. 26–28, 2022.

The workshop will focus on integrated management of insects and diseases, with the speakers being experts from CFAES, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and industry. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST on all three days of the program.

The $60 registration fee can be paid online at or by mail using the registration form available at Registrants will receive Zoom links for the workshop on Jan. 23, 2022.

Here are the topics and speakers scheduled.

Jan. 26: Fundamentals

  • “Controlled environment agriculture: An overview,” Chieri Kubota, professor of controlled environment agriculture, CFAES Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
  • “Perennial problems of annual plants: Identification and management,” Francesca Hand, associate professor of ornamental pathology, CFAES Department of Plant Pathology
  • “Important guidelines for developing a strong insect management program,” Luis Canas, associate professor, CFAES Department of Entomology
  • “Best practices for effective and efficient pesticide application,” Erdal Ozkan, professor, CFAES Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE)

Jan. 27: Integrated approaches

  • “Humidity management,” Peter Ling, associate professor, CFAES FABE
  • “New spray technologies to benefit growers and the environment,” Heping Zhu, agricultural engineer, USDA-ARS
  • “New advances for the management of mites in controlled environments,” Canas
  • “Ornamental viral diseases: Overview, prevention, and management,” Judit Monis, global plant pathology director, Ball Horticultural Company

Jan. 28: Root zone diseases

  • “Identification and biology of Pythium root rot and other diseases,” Anna Testen, research plant pathologist, USDA-ARS
  • Research updates: Crazy root disease, Chris Taylor, associate professor of molecular genetics and nematology, and/or Cecilia Chagas, graduate research assistant, both of CFAES Plant Pathology; acidic hydroponics, Kubota; and surfactants, Josh Amrhein, research assistant, CFAES Plant Pathology
  • Demonstration and hands-on training: Francesca Rotondo, research associate, CFAES Plant Pathology; Amrhein; and Testen

Continuing education credits for Ohio Pesticide Credit Recertification, Michigan Pesticide Certification, Indiana State Chemist Certification, and Pennsylvania Pesticide Recertification have been requested for the workshop.

For more information, visit or contact Mary Wicks, CFAES FABE,, 330-202-3533

Water Quality Webinar Series

Our Water Quality Wednesday webinar series begins next week, December 8th and runs through March. Sessions will be recorded for later viewing, and all live sessions will offer Certified Crop Advisor Credits. Relevant webinar topics will offer Certified Livestock Manager credits as well.  Click this link for the flyer with details on the meeting topics and registration: WQW Informational Flyer

Cultivating a Farm Business: A Training for Aspiring and New Farmers

Are you a home gardener interested in cultivating your growing skills into a small business? Have you thought about ‘getting into farming’ but don’t know where to start? This free, online introductory training will help participants This free, online introductory training will help participants develop a sustainable plan for continued growing. Whether farming to generate income or for personal consumption, this program help participants with setting financial goals, selling their products, and establishing collaborative relationships

Learning Sessions

Financial Goal Setting – Geared toward market gardeners or early stage growers, this session will introduce participants to the process for setting financial goals, help them understand how to develop a plan to reach their goal and what resources are available to assist with scaling up their business.

Selling your Products: Cultivating Market Channels – Marketing is key for every small business, including food and agriculture businesses. This session on hyper-local marketing channels will help participants understand how to enter those channels, the concerns of buyers, and the questions they’ll need to consider to develop new markets.

Collaborative Food and Ag – Collaborative approaches to marketing may be opportunities for growers to save time and resources or enter new markets. This session will introduce approaches like farmers’ markets, multi-farm CSAs, marketing cooperatives, and co-selling along with the considerations for farmers thinking about these approaches.

Join the free online training!

Saturday, December 11, 2021

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern

No cost, but registration is required.

Register Here

This training will be hosted via Zoom. Participants can join via the Zoom application on a personal computer or mobile device or by telephone.

Individuals who complete the online registration form will receive Zoom connection information via email the day prior to the event.

The training will be recorded and posted online for later viewing. Registrants will receive an email with information to access the recording.

Meet the Speakers

Christie Welch is the Direct Food and Agricultural Marketing Specialist for Ohio State University Extension where she assists Ohio’s agricultural and food producers to increase their profitability and sustainability through best marketing practices, increase marketing efficiencies, and market diversification. Ms. Welch has a strong interest in the economic development of rural Ohio and is especially interested in family farms and agribusinesses.

Hannah Scott, JD, is the program manager of the CFAES Center for Cooperatives at Ohio State where she leads the creation and implementation of programs and assistance to foster cooperative and rural business in Ohio, West Virginia, and beyond. Hannah is passionate about cooperative opportunities in agriculture and rural communities, having worked with a variety of agricultural producers to establish co-op enterprises and leading the Ohio & West Virginia Food Hub Network and the Appalachia Cooperates Initiative.

We strive to host events that are inclusive and accessible to everyone. If you require accommodations to fully participate in this activity, please reach out to Ryan Kline at

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit