Licking County Rainfall Totals

I am a little behind getting the August numbers updated.  We had a good bit of moisture through most of August but since then it has turned dry with much of the county receiving less than .75 inches in September and parts less than .5 inches.  A normal September would be 3 inches.  Here is where we are for this growing season from April – August 2023.

How well do you know your farm insurance policy?

By:Peggy Kirk Hall, Attorney and Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program Wednesday, September 27th, 2023
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We know farms are subject to more risks than ever before and we know the important role insurance plays in protecting our farm assets. But how many of us actually read and understand our farm insurance policies? The failure to read a policy is probably not due to apathy but is more likely due to the complex nature of an insurance policy. Reading and understanding an insurance policy is difficult for anyone other than those in the insurance industry. But it’s a critical necessity for farm risk management.

Our newest publication can help.  Farm Insurance: Covering Your Assets provides a general description of farm insurance and insurance policies.  This information will help a farmer understand how farm insurance coverage works.  Our goal with this publication is to prepare farmers for a review of policy provisions with their insurance agents and ensure the farm has a comprehensive and carefully tailored insurance policy.  We’ve coupled the publication with a new law bulletin, Farm Liability Insurance: Examining Your Covered Activities and Assets, which provides a quick reference list of farm activities and assets that might not be covered in a standard farm liability insurance policy.

Robert Moore, attorney with the OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program, authored the publication with the assistance of Jeff Lewis, attorney with OSU’s Income Tax Schools, and Zachary Ishee and Samantha Capaldi, National Agricultural Law Center Law Fellows.  The National Agricultural Law Center and the USDA National Agriculture Library provided funding for the project in partnership with OSU Extension. Find the new publications in our Business Law Library on Farm Office at

Friday’s Escape to the Forest – Bats!

Join us during Bat Week on October 27th for our Friday’s Escape to the Forest webinar.  Join Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension Wildlife Program Director, along with Eileen Wyza, Wildlife Biologist with the ODNR-Division of Wildlife, and Angela Boyer, Endangered Species Coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as we discuss the ecology and status of bats in Ohio and how forest landowners can support bats on their property.

Register HERE for the webinar.

This webinar will be recorded and posted on our website.

For more information on bats, here are links to short videos on a number of bat topics:

Bio and Renewable Diesel Energy What the Future Holds…

Learn More About Trends in Bio Diesel. Join speakers from Ohio State University Extension, Clean Fuels Alliance America, Benchmark Biodiesel, and the Ohio Soybean Council to learn more about current trends in the soybean biodiesel market.  This webinar  recording was from this week and has some great information for those interested in renewable fuels.  Click here for the recording.

Fish Sale

The Soil and Water Fall Fish Sale is going on now.  Click here for the order form and more details.


Fall Fish Sale Open NOW!

Thank you for supporting your Soil & Water District!  Due to the low margins on the fish sale items, your total will include a $5 convenience fee, to cover the PayPal fees.  If you would prefer to order with cash or check, you must use the hard copy form below.

As of January 2022, the state is requiring Soil & Water to collect tax.  You will be charged 7.25% through the online catalog.  If you are tax exempt organization or farm, please use the hard copy order form found below.  We do not have the ability to remove tax through the online catalog at this time.  Blank tax-exempt forms are available below as well.

Not sure which fish would work best in your pond?  Contact Brent Dennis at 740-670-5330 or

Deadline to place orders is October 3, 2023.

Pick up will be at the Soil & Water office, 771 East Main Street, Newark, OH on Oct 10, 2023, from 9:30am – 10:30 am.  You will receive a reminder email prior to the pick up date.

Fall 2023 Fish Sale Pick Up Information:
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 9:30 – 10:30 am

Location: Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District,  771 E Main  Street  Newark,  Ohio  43050
•    Bring a 10-20 gallon garbage can or 5 gallon bucket
•    Line container with non-deodorized plastic liner
•    Fill half full of your own pond water

Approx. 10 gallons of water holds 100 fingerlings. Each White Amur and Koi requires 2 gallons of water and must be placed in a container with a lid or a liner that can be tied at the top. All fish guaranteed to be delivered in good condition, however, we can not guarantee survival after being picked up.

Questions?  Contact Brent Dennis at 740-670-5329 or

Farm Science Review Tickets

Farm Science Review is around the corner! 

SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2023

Ticket prices:

Presale Tickets: $10.00

General Admisson Tickets sold at the gate: $15.00

For Ages 5 and under: Free

Parking is free.

Purchase your Farm Science Review Tickets today by using this QR code or by stopping by any Granville Milling location, Heritage Cooperative (Hanby’s), Legend Farm and Feed, H. W. Martin and Sons, or Utica Feed and Hardware.

Join us for September’s Edition of Women in Ag Wednesday Webinar

Join us on September 13, 2023, for the next session.

Are you Ready… Emergency Preparedness?

What could be considered an emergency on your farm? Are you, your family members, and your employees prepared to respond to small- and large-scale incidents when they unexpectedly appear? More than stocking a first aid kit, this session will provide checklists and templates to help you create a customized emergency plan for your property in the event you need to take action.

The Ag Law Roundup: your legal questions answered

By:Peggy Kirk Hall, Attorney and Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023

The summertime slowdown hasn’t affected the number of agricultural law questions we’ve received from across Ohio.  Here’s a sampling of recent questions and answers: Continue reading The Ag Law Roundup: your legal questions answered