Long Cane Raspberries, Tomatoes, New Cover Crops – Hybrid Field Day/Night

Come join us for a two-part, online and in-person hybrid workshop to take a closer look at innovative production techniques for specialty crops, with a focus on long cane raspberries and tomatoes, and new types of cover crops to promote healthy soils.

Thursday July 27, 2023

Click here for flyer with details: Specialty and Cover Crops FN

Click here to register: http://go.osu.edu/fieldnight


Forage testing now available through OSU!

Two forage testing options are now available through OSU.  We have a forage sampling tool available at the office.  I am glad to discuss testing with you and we do have other options if your needs are not covered by these tests.  Now is the time to find out the quality of your forage so you can be prepared this winter.

ODA Free Farm Pesticide Disposal Collection Event Will Be at the Morgan County Fairgrounds August 9

Link to ODA Press Release

August 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.: Morgan County, Morgan County Fairgrounds
2760 South Riverside Drive, McConnelsville, Ohio 43756

The pesticide collection and disposal services are free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

The pesticide collections are sponsored by ODA in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.

Ohio Supreme Court decision explains eminent domain procedures

By: Peggy Kirk Hall, Tuesday, July 18th, 2023

When a landowner legally challenges an agency’s use of eminent domain to appropriate property, Ohio law requires a trial court to hold a hearing to determine the agency’s right to make the appropriation, according to a recent decision by the Ohio Supreme Court.  The Court held that an appeal to a higher court is not permissible until the trial court holds such a hearing and rules on the issues raised in the hearing.  For landowner Diane Less, the ruling means the trial court–the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas–must hold a hearing to determine whether Mill Creek MetroParks had the right to make the appropriation of her land and whether that appropriation is necessary.

The case is one of several lawsuits and long-running controversies over Mill Creek MetroPark’s use of eminent domain to appropriate land for a bike path.  The Mahoning County disputes are one reason behind a current legislative proposal to revise Ohio’s eminent domain laws, which includes a prohibition against the use of eminent domain for recreational trails. The legislation is at a standstill, however, with many opponents lining up against the recreational trails and other provisions of the bill.

Sidedress Manure Research Update

The OSU Extension Water Quality Team is working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to kick off a bi-monthly, year-round webinar series. These webinars will specifically target topics related to our Certified Livestock Managers, but everyone is welcome. Each webinar will provide 1.5 CLM continuing education credits as well as 1.5 credit hours for CCAs. We hope these webinars will offer useful information and create a space for communication between all parties involved.

Our upcoming webinar will discuss research focusing on the use of manure as a sidedress N source for corn, as well as a timely walkthrough of the updated H2Ohio practice of manure utilization.

Click here for flyer: CLM Series- August 2023 Flyer  and here for registration http://go.osu.edu/CLM

What’s happening for ag at the Ohio Statehouse?

By:Peggy Kirk Hall, Attorney and Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program Thursday, June 22nd, 2023
Statehouse lawn with row of Ohio flags

Despite the arrival of summer and continuing disagreements over the state budget, Ohio legislators have been working on several pieces of legislation relevant to Ohio agriculture.  All of the proposals are at the committee level but may see action before the Senate and House after the budget bill process ends. Here’s a summary of the ag related proposals currently under consideration. Continue reading What’s happening for ag at the Ohio Statehouse?

What are the legal and farm management needs for your farm?

By:Peggy Kirk Hall, Attorney and Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

We’d like to hear from farmers!  If you’re a farmer, please consider completing our “Farm Legal Needs Survey.”

What do we want to know? Our survey asks you to tell us a little bit about your farming operation and:

  • What legal issues you’ve encountered in your operation
  • Your most challenging legal issues
  • Farm management information needs
  • How and where you prefer to receive legal and farm management information

Why are we asking these questions?  While the Farm Office team is engaged in farm management and agricultural law everyday, we want to make sure we’re not missing anything!   Hearing from farmers across Ohio will help us identify emerging issues, additional resources needed, and how to ensure our information is getting out to the farm community.

How long will it take?  Only 5 or 10 minutes.

Is participation anonymous?  Yes.  We don’t ask you to identify yourself or your operation.

Where is the survey?  Access the survey through this link or the QR code below.

Questions?  Please contact Peggy Hall at aglaw@osu.edu with any questions about the survey.

Thank you for helping us help you with your legal and farm management needs!