Hands on small ruminant parasite workshop

Learn about internal parasite issues and how to use FAMACHA as a selective deworming tool.  You will also learn to do your own fecal egg counts at home.  The workshop will include hands on evaluation of sheep using the FAMACHA system at Dale McCombs farm near Johnstown and then go to the Licking County Extension office for training to do fecal egg counts  on your own.  The cost will be $40 and include a McMaster slide for fecal egg counts, handouts and lunch.  We are limiting attendance to 20 to assure good hands on participation time.

Contact Dean Kreager with questions and to register 740-670-5315 (please inform us of any dietary restrictions)

Click here for the flyer with additional details: Small Ruminant Parasite Flyer1

Licking County Rainfall Update

We started off April with lots of rain and ended up with nearly double our average April rainfall total.  So far in May, much of the county is about 1.5 inches below the average monthly total.  There is rain in the forecast so we may not be far from average by the end of the month.

Join the Licking County UTV Farm Tour June 8, 2024

Farm Burea is offering the annual UTV summer farm tour again this year!

Bring your UTV and join us for the annual UTV/ATV Farm Tour! Stops include Shipley Dairy Farm, Legend Hills Orchard, Grandstaff’s Beef Farm, Windy Hill KennelRoad Runner Rascals Alpaca Ranch and Layman’s Dairy.

Pre registration is required by calling 740-452-2356 or using the ticket link. Cost is $50 for one UTV and includes two people. Additional participants are $10 each.

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. with the tour starting at 11 a.m. A waiver and insurance are both required. Lunch and ice cream are provided. Proceeds from the event support Licking County’s FFA Chapters. UTV not provided.

Agritourism operators: now is the time for liability risk management

By:Peggy Kirk Hall, Attorney and Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program Wednesday, May 08th, 2024
Little girl walking through strawberry patch with basket of berries

Many of Ohio’s farm markets, u-picks, farm petting zoos, and other “agritourism” operations are preparing to open for their spring and summer activities.  While these types of agritourism activities are popular, they raise unique liability concerns. That’s because there is always the risk of an injury or harm when bringing people onto the farm, whether allowing them to be near animals, riding on equipment, in crop and orchard areas, or engaging in physical activities.  Along with readying the farm for the new season, agritourism operators should also plan for the possibility of a liability incident.

Here are five actions agritourism providers can take to manage liability risk. Continue reading

Transferring Farm Operating Assets at Retirement

By:Robert Moore, Thursday, May 02nd, 2024

Retirement means different things to different farmers.  For some, retirement is the slow, gradual process of turning over the farming operation to the next generation. For others, retirement may be the immediate sale of operating assets when there is not an heir to take over the farming operation.  Regardless of the type of retirement, operating assets will often be transferred.  This article will discuss the different strategies to transfer operating assets and the implications of each strategy. Continue reading

2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium

oriented professionals. Join 250 like-minded people to share and gain knowledge on how to build coalitions to adapt to this changing world and how urban food systems contribute to these solutions.

Keynote Presentations and General Sessions Include: (see more details)

  • Keynote Presentation: Let’s Get Dirty – Cultivating Collaboration, Policy, and Resiliency in Cities by Qiana Mickie, Executive Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Urban Agriculture
  • General Session: The Intersection of Climate Change and Urban Agriculture by Trent Ford, climate scientist at the Illinois State Water Survey and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/ Illinois State Climatologist and Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia
  • General Session: Urban Grower Panel by Jerry Hebron, co-founder of the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, a member of the USDA Innovative Production Committee, a member of the state Farm Service Agency committee, and the Director of the Detroit Cultivator Community Land Trust; Vincent Peterson, President and CEO of VIGEO GARDENS; and Amanda Stanfield, owner/operator of Richland County’s only urban homestead farm – GrowFourth Urban Farm
  • Capstone Presentation: Urban Farmers – A Great Benefit is Coming Our Way: A Mid Tunnel Climate Smart Growing System by Reverend Dr. Carl P. Wallace, chief operating officer of Abundant Life Farm (a non-profit entity in Akron) and serves as one of the 12 federal advisors to the Secretary of Agriculture for Urban and Innovative Agriculture Committee

Register now and book your hotel room! Registration prices increase on May 25 and hotel reservations close May 21.